There's another advantage of owning an EV — it makes the world more resilient in case of emergency situations.
When a disaster strikes, fuel and electricity supplies are often the first services to go down. And they can remain down for days, leaving households completely off grid. And this is where electric cars can come into their own – potentially, thinks Nissan, increasingly so.
While fuel supplies are limited, EVs are still drive, and some modern second-generation EVs are beginning to feature power-out sockets to which you can connect domestic appliances. AC outlets can already be found on some models: in the future, advanced DC outputs (like CHAdeMO V2H or V2G devices) that enables your car to power your home or grid will start to be launched.
OK, Nissan’s current 30 kWh Leaf isn’t all that big, but the upcoming 60 kWh capacity (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. And it's this that Nissan explores in this intriguing video.
The all-new Leaf is going to lend its platform to the next-generation Renault Zoe, but that won’t happen in the near future, considering the Zoe Z.E. 40 was only launched last autumn at the Paris Motor Show. Renault’s EV received a larger 41-kWh battery pack, good for 250 miles in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). In the real world, the Zoe Z.E. 40 will do about 186 miles, according to Renault.
As for the next Leaf, speculatively rendered above, we already know it’s going to boast a semi-autonomous driving system and will be able to travel for more than 200 miles between charges. Little else is known about the new generation, but supposedly its design will have a few things in common with the 2015 IDS concept upon which our digital exercise is based.
We'll know what's what in September when the next-gen Nissan Leaf is going to be revealed in full – more than likely, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.