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Nissan Donates LEAF Electric Cars to Rest Stops in Japan as “Emergency Power Stations” |

After the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, automakers like Nissan and Mitsubishi have developed commercial systems which enable electric car owners to power their homes in an emergency, using electrical energy stored in their car’s battery pack. While they operate in slightly different ways, the goal is the same: to provide backup emergency power in a disaster.

Now, in an attempt to help prefectures across Japan provide emergency power in the event of a future natural disaster, Nissan this week announced that it will donate one LEAF electric car and one LEAF-to-Home power station to a rest stop in each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

Unlike U.S. rest stops, the Japanese rest areas, known as Michinoeki, not only offer travelers a place to stretch your legs or use the toilet—but also provide local communities a place to shop and hold community events throughout the year. Because of their location, along major arterial roads across Japan, Michinoeki are the ideal locations to base emergency response operations in a natural disaster.



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