On the occasion of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Nissan last week gave a splashy presentation to introduce its new Nissan Energy program. The concept aims to make the electric car even more useful to its owner, for example by enabling it to share energy with their home or business. Another goal of the program is to develop systems for recovering old batteries in order to recycle them.
Similar programs already in place in Europe, the United States and Japan aim to create a type of eco-system around electric vehicles like the Nissan LEAF.
“Nissan Energy will enable our customers to use their electric cars for much more than just driving – now they can be used in nearly every aspect of the customer’s lives.”
- Daniele Schillaci, Nissan's global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles
The program has three fields of concentration: Nissan Energy Supply, Nissan Energy Share and Nissan Energy Storage.
To avoid getting too technical, we prefer to give you a concrete example to illustrate the focus of each of these domains.
Nissan Energy Supply
Quite simply, this involves making Nissan’s vehicles “smarter” so that they can provide owners with more information regarding the location of charging stations, among other things. The route for accomplishing this will run through a comprehensively revised navigation system.
Nissan Energy Share
The word Share here explains it: Nissan wants to make it possible to share energy between an owner’s car and their home. This means that in the event of a power outage, your electric car could supply you with enough energy to allow you to take care of essentials until the power comes back on.
A car not in use could also send energy back to a city’s electrical grid; this energy could then be reused at peak usage times or during other useful periods.
Nissan Energy Storage
This would create a system to take old batteries and recycle and reuse them. A battery could for example be used to power a small electric vehicle. Nissan even related that some old Nissan LEAF batteries were recycled for use in powering an entire sports complex.
The possibilities are, if not endless, immense. The next few years will reveal which directions initiatives such as these take.