Nissan Navara EnGuard With Portable Battery Pack Prototype

DEC 3 2016 BY MARK KANE 7

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan has presented a special version of the Navara – the EnGuard Concept for rescue purposes.

Its powertrain is still conventional petrol, and thus we normally would have no interest; however in this case, there are two portable lithium-ion battery packs on board, built from Nissan LEAF modules.

Each pack is rated at 2 kW, and the batteries dock with the Navara, from there they are constantly recharged during the vehicle’s normal engine operation, but can be also charged externally from either AC or DC (in this case solar panels).

Each pack consist 7 LEAF modules – assuming modules from base 24 kWh LEAFs – that would mean a capacity of 3.5 kWh. In the case of the 30 kWh version LEAF it would translate to 8.75 kWh each, but those modules are much larger and heavier, so we doubt their portability (and also our eyeballs are working when looking at the dimensions of the product).

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Press blast:

NISSAN NAVARA ENGUARD CONCEPT: THE ULTIMATE ALL-TERRAIN RESCUE PICK-UP WITH PORTABLE EV BATTERY POWER

  • World debut of Navara-based emergency rescue concept
  • World debut of Nissan EV portable battery pack prototype, further developing Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision
  • Navara EnGuard Concept showcases how award-winning Nissan Navara is suited to use in the most challenging conditions
  • Nissan’s LCV range also includes ‘flexible for business’ vans and trucks
Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan has unveiled an all-new vehicle at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show. The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is a durable and tough all-terrain pick-up, designed to operate as a life-saving rescue platform in some of the world’s most harsh and extreme environments.

Based on a Double Cab Tekna version of the Nissan Navara – the current holder of the International Pick-up Award – the Navara EnGuard Concept features many bespoke design elements and performance upgrades. It is also packed with vital equipment suitable for emergency and disaster recovery work, including an advanced drone to provide vital intelligence about what dangers rescue crews might face.

It also marks the world debut of a prototype portable battery pack, designed and developed by Nissan. It utilises the brand’s tried and tested EV battery technology, already available on the road in the 100 per cent electric Nissan LEAF and e-NV200. With more than 250,000 Nissan EVs sold worldwide, the company is at forefront of this fast-developing sector and ideally placed to apply its expertise to explore new vehicle sectors and consumer opportunities in the future.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

When docked in place the battery packs are constantly in ‘charge’ mode, using power generated by the vehicle’s 2.3-litre 190PS twin-turbo diesel engine to ensure they’re ready for emergency use when required. Each is a 2kW unit and utilises seven Nissan EV battery modules inside a weather-proof machined aluminium housing.

Two input (charge) sockets and five output (discharge) sockets are integrated into each battery pack, which features recessed ends to allow it to be carried easily. In a rescue environment they could be used to operate specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment, and have been specifically designed to provide an efficient alternative to a petrol generator.

With zero emissions and no flammable fuel, portable battery packs can also be used in enclosed spaces such as a building or a cave. Additional power sockets are integrated into each side of the pick-up’s load bed.

As part of its Intelligent Mobility vision, Nissan is working to explore how its pioneering EV battery technology can be integrated further into society. These prototype battery packs provide a real-world example of how it could be applied to new sectors, to provide cleaner, more sustainable power solutions.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Occupying the rest of the space in the load bed are two pull-out fibreglass trays. The shallow upper tray contains lightweight items such as two-way radios, ropes and an axe. The lower tray is deeper and narrower, storing larger items such as an oxygen tank and resuscitation kit, life jackets and buoyancy aids.

Key to the car’s rescue role is a drone, a DJI Phantom 4 with an operating ceiling of 6,000 metres. Weighing just 1,380 grammes, it can fly at speeds of up to 20 metres per second for close to 30 minutes and can relay images back to the concept car. These are viewed on a pop-up HD screen hidden in the load bed wall.

Compared to the standard Nissan Navara, the overall ride height of the Navara EnGuard Concept has been raised by 50mm, creating extra ground clearance and further enhancing the vehicle’s ‘go anywhere’ attitude. The wheel arches feature bespoke overfenders, with new moulded side steps between them.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

The passenger compartment features a completely redesigned roof line, which is 136mm higher than on the standard Navara. It incorporates a powerful 360 degree LED lighting rig, with emergency blue strobe lights fitted to the four corners and visible from any angle.  Matching strobes are integrated into the top of all four overfenders, plus in the redesigned front fog lamps and redesigned rear light clusters

Choice of colours and their location was given very careful consideration during the vehicle’s development, with special focus on its role as a rescue vehicle. For example, Nissan research revealed fluorescent green is the most visible colour in daylight, and also most easily identifiable by people affected by colour-blindness. Having it on the wheels and side steps means it’s quickly spotted by the headlights of approaching vehicles.

Being based on the top-spec Tekna trim grade means the Navara EnGuard Concept comes with many standard features which would be useful in a rescue situation. These include the NissanConnect sat-nav system for finding the fastest route, plus dual-zone climate control and heated seats for occupant comfort. Most useful would be Nissan’s pioneering Around View Monitor, a 360-degree camera system which displays an unobstructed bird’s eye image of the vehicle and its environment on the dashboard screen. It’s an ideal tool for rescue workers, allowing them to navigate difficult off-road terrain without causing delays by having to get out of the vehicle.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Mechanically, the vehicle has also been enhanced. Like all Navaras, it’s built around a rugged ladderframe chassis, but features a new fully adjustable performance suspension system with uprated nylon bushes to further improve off-road capability.

Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, Corporate Vice President, Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan, commented: “The Nissan Navara is a tough and smart pick-up which our customers rely on to go anywhere and do anything in their daily lives. The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is an extension of that principle, showcasing how our award-winning pick-up is perfectly suited to tackle the toughest terrain and save lives.”

He continued: “The Navara EnGuard Concept opens a new chapter in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, featuring our commitment to zero fatalities and zero emissions. Our prototype EV portable battery pack reveals how Nissan will integrate its world-renowned EV battery technology and expertise into new sectors in the future.”

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept: in detail

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is a durable and tough all-terrain pick-up, designed to operate as a life-saving rescue platform in some of the world’s most harsh and extreme environments.

Based on a Double Cab Tekna version of the Nissan Navara – the current holder of the International Pick-up Award – the Navara EnGuard Concept features many bespoke design elements and performance upgrades. It is also packed with vital equipment suitable for emergency and disaster recovery work, including new prototype portable battery packs.

Like every Nissan Navara, the Navara EnGuard Concept has been engineered to be tough and smart, with outstanding dynamic capability and a range of in-control technologies fitted as standard. These include Nissan’s pioneering Around View Monitor 360 degree camera system.

Nissan: a global leader in LCVs

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan is a global leader in LCVs with a broad product range that includes pick-ups, trucks and a versatile line-up of vans to suit every type of business. It includes the all-new NV300 – also unveiled at the Hannover Motor Show – and the pioneering e-NV200 all-electric compact van. It’s a portfolio which is backed up by top level service, including Nissan’s Customer Promise and unique five-year / 100,000 mile LCV manufacturer’s warranty*.

Nissan’s LCV expertise comes from a rich heritage stretching back more than 80 years, and is demonstrated by the brand’s continued success in international awards. The Navara is the current holder of the International Pick-up Award.

The LCV business is playing a key role supporting Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, targeting zero emissions and zero fatalities with advanced in-control safety technologies fitted to its current models. These are the building blocks of Nissan’s Autonomous Driving program. The Navara EnGuard Concept further supports Intelligent Mobility with its portable battery packs.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Violent storms, flash flooding, earthquakes and tsunami – stories of natural disasters are regularly on global news media and seem to be more prevalent than ever. For rescue organisations around the world, having the correct tools for their vital work is key to reaching those in need and saving lives. Getting to the heart of the disaster zone quickly and safely is critical.

The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept is the perfect tool for the job. It features numerous modifications which have transformed the standard Navara pick-up into a life-saving mobile rescue platform. The overall ride height has been raised by 50mm, creating extra ground clearance and further enhancing the vehicle’s ‘go anywhere’ attitude. The front and rear track have been increased by 80mm and 94mm respectively – making them both 1,620mm – to provide extra stability over rough terrain. The standard 18-inch alloy wheels have been replaced with new 16-inch rims, with striking 285/75/R16 off-road tyres added for exceptional traction.

The most obvious change from the standard Navara is to the flanks of the vehicle, where bespoke overfenders have been fitted to the front and rear wheel arches. Between them are new moulded side steps, with a rubber strip on the upper surface for improved grip. On the driver’s side A-pillar is a snorkel, raising the engine’s air intake should the vehicle need to wade through rivers.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Key to any Nissan Navara’s daily life is its load bed, and the same is true on the Navara EnGuard Concept. It has been reimagined as a mobile base for rescue workers, and fully equipped to provide life-saving support in remote locations and challenging circumstances.

The tailgate now features a new moulded liner and high-level stop light, which has been relocated from the passenger compartment. The tailgate lowers to reveal a load bed packed with rescue equipment, stored in two pull-out trays for ease-of-use by emergency workers. Each tray is made from durable twin-skin fibreglass and extends 800mm.

The shallow upper tray is the full width of the load bed and contains lightweight items such as two-way radios, powerful torches, fire extinguisher, ropes and climbing gear, a shovel and an axe. The lower tray is deeper and narrower, occupying only the central third of the Navara EnGuard Concept’s load bed. It is used to store larger items such as the oxygen tank and resuscitation kit, life jackets and buoyancy aids.

Portable battery packs: remote power expands Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Flanking the tray, occupying the left and right sections of the load bed, are the two prototype portable battery packs. The Hannover Motor Show marks the debut of this experimental technology, which showcases an alternative use for Nissan’s EV battery technology. With more than 250,000 Nissan EVs sold worldwide, the brand is at the forefront of this fast-developing sector and ideally placed to apply its expertise to explore new vehicle sectors and consumer opportunities in the future.

When docked in place the battery packs are constantly in ‘charge’ mode, using power generated by the vehicle’s diesel engine to ensure they’re ready for emergency use when required. Each is a 2kW unit and utilises seven Nissan EV battery modules inside a weather-proof machined aluminium housing.

In a rescue environment they could be used to operate specialist cutting or heavy-lifting equipment, and have been specifically designed to provide an efficient alternative to a petrol generator. There are numerous benefits; whereas a generator is noisy, the silent and vibration-free portable battery packs can aid communication between rescue workers and improve the ability to hear calls from survivors. With zero emissions and no flammable fuel, portable battery packs can also be used in enclosed spaces such as a building or a cave.

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Two input (charge) sockets are included – a 220v AC socket and a connector for solar panels. The five output (discharge) sockets are two 220v AC sockets and three USB ports. Each portable battery pack has recessed ends to allow it to be carried easily.

As part of its Intelligent Mobility vision, Nissan is working to explore how its pioneering EV battery technology can be integrated further into society. These prototype battery packs provide a real-world example of how it could be applied to new sectors, to provide cleaner, more sustainable power solutions.

Announced earlier in 2016, Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy was created to guide the Nissan product evolution and will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society, all while remaining focused on creating more enjoyable driving experiences.

High-flying camera drone sends images to the vehicle

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

The left and right upper edges of the Navara EnGuard Concept’s rear deck include motorised pop-up storage solutions. On the driver’s side, there is a portable first aid kit to treat simple injuries, plus a portable defibrillator. On the passenger side is a 20.5-inch HD screen, which is designed to display live-streaming video from the drone.

The drone is a DJI Phantom 4, a state-of-the-art unit with an operating ceiling of 6,000 metres. Weighing just 1,380 grammes, it can fly at speeds of up to 20 metres per second for close to 30 minutes. The 12.4 megapixel camera which is located on the underside of the drone has video and stills image capability, and is mounted on a gimbal for three-axis stability. When on board the Navara EnGuard Concept it is stored in the lower rear tray.

Adjacent to the pop-ups are integrated power sockets – four in total, two on each side of the load bed – which are hidden behind individual machined aluminium covers. Each side of the vehicle has an input and output socket, and all are connected to the portable battery packs for their power.

The rear deck is finished with a recessed anodized metal rail at each side, allowing adjustable cleats to be attached so additional cargo can be carried. The rails are identical to the ones used in the load bed of the standard Nissan Navara. Two further storage lockers have been integrated into the Navara EnGuard Concept’s new roll-over hoop, behind the C-pillar.

Bespoke exterior lighting and winch support rescue mission

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

The passenger compartment of the Navara EnGuard Concept features a completely redesigned roof line, which is 136mm higher than on the standard Navara. It incorporates a powerful 360 degree LED lighting rig, with emergency blue strobe lights fitted to the four corners and visible from any angle. The four sides of the rig have white LEDs; the front and rear sides have the option to be switched to high-power mode, providing powerful wide-area illumination for rescue workers.

Matching blue strobes are integrated into the top of all four overfenders, plus in the redesigned front fog lamps and redesigned rear light clusters. All feature a ‘secret until lit’ design for a discrete appearance.

Other modifications include a powerful winch integrated into the redesigned front bumper, plus a full-sized spare wheel attached underneath the load bed. A towball is also included, providing towing capacity of 3,500kg – the same as the standard Navara.

A light grey gloss exterior finish has been applied to the bodywork, with fluorescent green detailing picking our key features such as the side steps, wheels, power sockets and the winch hook. Decals include reflective emergency chevrons at the base of the four doors, and the identification number 23 in multiple locations, including on the roof. The B-pillar is matt black, while the door handles, door mirror housing and side window mouldings have all been given a premium gloss black finish.

Colour choices defined by emergency role

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Choice of colours was given very careful consideration during the vehicle’s development, with special focus on its role as a rescue vehicle and how different shades are used in that industry. For example, Nissan research revealed fluorescent green is the most visible colour in daylight, and it’s also most easily identifiable by people affected by colour-blindness. Location of colour was also important. For example, the chevrons are at the base of the doors so they are picked out by the headlights of approaching vehicles at the earliest opportunity.

For the interior of the Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept, all the standard vehicle’s metallic cabin details have been changed to a premium black colour. Removing this decorative finish creates a more functional appearance, and also allows the occupants’ eyes to focus on the controls they will need to carry out their rescue work. The only exception is the interior door handles, which keep their chrome finish so they can be picked out against the darker trim.

Again, how colour is used on real-world rescue vehicles was considered; for example, interior door pockets have been given fluorescent bases so they can be easily located, and vehicle occupants can see if there is something in them.

The redesigned seats are covered in hard-wearing SuperFabric, with a distinctive green ‘body armour’ design and reflective white piping on the corners so they can be easily seen in the dark.

In-control technologies include Around View Monitor

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept

Being based on the top-spec Tekna trim grade means the Navara EnGuard Concept comes with many standard features which would be useful in a rescue situation. These include the NissanConnect sat-nav system for finding the fastest route, plus dual-zone climate control and heated seats for occupant comfort. Most useful would be Nissan’s pioneering Around View Monitor, a 360-degree camera system which displays an unobstructed bird’s eye image of the vehicle and its environment on the dashboard screen. It’s an ideal tool for rescue workers, allowing them to navigate difficult off-road terrain without causing delays by having to get out of the vehicle.

Mechanically, the vehicle has also been enhanced. Like all Navaras, it’s built around a rugged ladderframe chassis, though the Navara EnGuard Concept features a new fully adjustable performance suspension system with uprated nylon bushes to further improve off-road capability.

The brakes are also new, with four-cylinder drilled and vented 300mm disc brakes all round. The engine remains unchanged, using the Navara’s flagship 2.3-litre 190PS twin-turbo diesel, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with on-demand 4WD. This engine meets the latest Euro 6 standard and includes a Selective Catalytic Reduction system to lower NOx emissions. CO2 emissions on the Navara EnGuard Concept are 183g/km, but start as low as 159g/km on the 2WD 160hp manual version of the production Nissan Navara.

The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept and the Nissan portable battery pack have been developed by Nissan Design Europe (NDE), based in London, UK.

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Biodegradable batteries? Oh sorry, read that wrong, heat degradable batteries. Went through 4 years of that with my LEAF. Nope.

Didn’t have the lizard pack?

I have degraded the batteries approximately 12-14 % of the 24 kWh pack (22kWh useable) in 42 months and 42 K miles in my 2013 Nissan Leaf SV. I would love this truck if they gave it a Leaf 30kWh battery and used a Chrysler Pacifica PHEV type system. I would enjoy the approximately 55mi all electric range for at least 75% of my total driving. Why GM doesn’t do a robust Gen 2 Volt system in their Colorado, still makes me wonder.

And No, I don’t want a Bob Lutz full sized GM pickup al la Via Motors. Thanks anyway Bob!!!

Why not? Cost?

Disagree that this belongs here. It’s not an EV.

The fact that it uses a generator run off the ICE to charge non-raction batteries, and that the batteries happen ot be LEAF-type modules, is irrelevant.
There are any number of emergency vehicles like ambulances that carry electric equipment feeding off extra batteries, that are also charged off the engine.

OK, Nissan, put the battery packs UNDER the bed and between frame rails and I’ll buy it – at least a 20 kwh pack and you can put small 4 banger under the hood as a range-extender!

VIA has the truck. I’d rather have a midsize truck like Colorado though – as midsized trucks today are the size of full sized trucks of the nineties.

Put plastic shields underneath to control air turbulence and round the nose + slant the windshield a tiny bit more for better aerodynamics.

Somebody is going to build an electrified truck the general public can afford, and when they do – ALL BETS ARE OFF! This is when you’ll know the EV is here to stay. Don’t look too anxiously for any major ICEmaker to do it. It could just be Tesla that gives us the first electrified truck*.

*and don’t say the 2-Mode GM trucks were anything noteworthy