Electric Vehicles for Resilience (in natural disasters)
Those involved in the EV movement are quite aware of the portable utility of EVs. Even those who have survived the recent Polar Vortexes in the North Eastern United States are well aware of how much easier it is to drive an EV after a disaster (especially with a solar roofed home). But there’s so much more and Nissan is promoting Electric Vehicles for Resilience in these situations.
The Nissan LEAF has a 24 kWh battery. The typical home uses about 10 kWh of power per day. So the LEAF can support the home for more than 2 days. But there are more advantages. In a disaster few people have electric vehicles (at least for now). So most will go to a shelter the event. Shelters usually do not have power immediately following the event. But unlike a gas-powered vehicle, it’s reasonable to bring an EV indoors to power the building, since it does not produce fumes or noise.
Electric Vehicles are portable batteries and their power can be retrieved and transmitted much more simply than gasoline. We as a society have come to rely heavily on electricity for much of what we do. And now it is possible to carry that power with us in the case of natural disasters.