September 23, 2016
Navara EnGuard Concept: Ultimate Rescue Pick-up
Hannover, Germany – Sept. 21 – The Nissan Navara EnGuard Concept debuted Wednesday at the 2016 Hannover Motor Show, a durable 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 is packed with vital equipment suitable for emergency and disaster recovery work, including an advanced drone.
The vehicle marks the world debut of a prototype portable battery pack, designed and developed by Nissan using EV battery technology.
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 emergency use. Each 2kW unit utilizes seven Nissan EV battery modules inside a weather-proof machined aluminium housing.
In a rescue environment the vehicle 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 Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, Nissan is working to explore how its pioneering EV battery technology can be integrated further into society, while the prototype battery packs provide a real-world example of cleaner, more sustainable power solutions.
The drone, a DJI Phantom 4 with an operating ceiling of 6,000 meters, can fly at speeds of up to 20 meters per second for close to 30 minutes, relaying images back to the concept car on a pop-up HD screen in the load bed wall.
Choice of colors and their location was given very careful consideration, as Nissan research revealed fluorescent green is the most visible color in daylight, and also most easily identifiable by people affected by color-blindness.