Nissan has revealed an electric emergency response vehicle that has been adapted to be a mobile power supply following natural disasters and extreme weather events.

Dubbed Re-Leaf, the working prototype is based on the Leaf passenger car, but features modifications to help it navigate roads blocked by debris as well as weather-proof plug sockets to power 110 to 230-volt devices using the car’s battery.

A 2019 World Bank report showed natural shocks and climate change were responsible for 37% of power outages in Europe between 2000 and 2017, as well as 44% in the US during the same period.

Helen Perry, head of electric passenger cars and infrastructure for Nissan in Europe, said: “Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we’re constantly exploring ways that electric vehicles can enrich our lives, beyond just zero-emission transportation.

“Concepts like the Re-Leaf show the possible application of EVs in disaster management and demonstrate that smarter, cleaner technology can help save lives and provide greater resilience for the future.

“Electric vehicles are emerging as one of the technologies that can improve resilience in the power sector. By having thousands of EVs available on standby, either as disaster-support vehicles or plugged into the network through Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), they’re uniquely capable of creating a virtual power plant to maintain a supply of energy during a major outage.”