Nissan has revealed a new plan to let EV owners better utilise their vehicles’ batteries.
‘Nissan Energy’ will allow owners to easily connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or feed energy back to power grids. The company will also develop new ways to reuse electric car batteries, a common complaint about the overall electric car lifecycle.
The plan will establish new standards for connecting vehicles to energy systems through three key initiatives: Nissan Energy Supply, Nissan Energy Share and Nissan Energy Storage.
Nissan Energy Supply is the new name for charging at and away from home. Nissan says EV owners can use the revised Leaf navigation system and NissanConnect app to find suitable chargers, with the global ‘CHAdeMO’ network supporting the Leaf.
Meanwhile, Energy Share lets that stored power be used for things other than powering the vehicle. In fact, Nissan says its electric vehicles already on the road contain more than 10 GWh of combined storage potential.
Nissan Energy Share capabilities connect the vehicles with existing electrical infrastructure to allow them to share their battery power with a connected home or building.They also allow the cars to link to the local energy grid to act as virtual power plants – supplying the vehicle’s power to the grid and contributing to efficient energy management.
Finally, Nissan Energy Storage will set up a number of post-vehicle uses for the battery. For instance, it can be recycled and refurbished for a number of different uses, like powering electric forklifts and generators, to supplying energy to a sports arena.
“This is what we feel is the ‘new standard for electrification’ – it’s not just about owning a vehicle but taking advantage of all the associated benefits, for the customer and society overall,” said Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles.