Nissan released a video presenting one of additional advantages of owning an electric vehicle - they make the world more resilient in case of emergency situations.
Nissan LEAF V2G
We already seen on several occasions when a disaster or has cut fuel and electricity supply short. And in most cases, electricity was the first service to return, making EVs useful in times when internal combustion vehicles are stuck at crowded gas stations.
While fuel supplies are limited, EVs can still drive, and more and more of them will have power export features as we enter 2nd generation offerings.
AC outlets now for sure, and more advanced DC output (like CHAdeMO V2H or V2G devices) that enables to power home or grid.
Nissan's current 30 kWh LEAF isn't all that big, but 60 kWh (2nd gen LEAF debuts in September, on sale this year) would certainly be handy long-term if you didn't have power for several days.
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Nissan Electric Vehicles for a more resilient world
When a natural disaster occurs, one of the first things you'll miss having is electricity. Nissan's electric vehicles are more than cars. They have the ability to supply power at times of emergencies when it is needed most.
Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the brand's blueprint for the future of motoring, targeting zero emissions and zero fatalities. It was first announced exactly a year ago, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, significant progress has been made under all three of its pillars – Intelligent Driving, covering advances on how cars are driven; Intelligent Power, which guides developments on how they are powered; and Intelligent Integration, a wider investment strategy on the role vehicles play in society.
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