On several occasions, we’ve discussed the potential of the Nissan Leaf as a humanitarian tool during natural disasters. The automaker has even created a one-off version designed to respond to communities without electrical power. Little did we know that the car’s versatility would be put to good use in our own country.
Images of the aftermath of Typhoon Odette (international name: Typhoon Rai) continue to flood mainstream and social media. Barreling through Cebu with sustained winds of up to 195km/h, it has left a trail of destruction that can only be described as heartbreaking especially since it happened in what is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. With utilities like electricity being cut, picking up the pieces is now an extremely difficult endeavor for those affected by the calamity.
But there is a literal and figurative ray of light that is coming from a very unlikely source. According to this Facebook post by businessman Nestor Archival, the Leaf is allowing residents to charge their mobile devices in order to communicate with loved ones. The photos in the post show the Nissan EV hooked up to an inverter, which is then connected to extension cords where the chargers are plugged in.
Archival says that the Leaf, provided by Nissan Cebu South, can be topped up from a household outlet in as fast as an hour, depending on the remaining charge. He claims that the car has enough capacity to provide more than two days of power to the Archival Eco-House, a local landmark known for its sustainable energy sources.
Those needing free charging services may contact NARF Brigade at (0917) 323-5807 or (0939) 923-5807.