Nissan’s vision is to make electric vehicles more useful to customers by introducing convenient ways to utilize their batteries ability to store and share energy. This vision will be embarked upon under the plan, called Nissan Energy. Owners of Nissan’s EVs will be able to connect their cars with energy systems to charge their batteries, power homes and businesses or feed energy back to power grids. The company also plans to develop new ways to reuse EV batteries.
Nissan has already begun programs in the U.S, Japan and Europe aimed at creating a “ecosystem” around its range of EVs. Nissan Energy initiatives are part of the company’s Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy. Some of these initiatives are taking place in;
Franklin, Tennessee where Nissan North America will be piloting the use of LEAF vehicles to assist in powering its headquarters facilities during peak electrical demand times which saves costs. In Hagen, Germany, LEAF vehicles will be used as a reserve for the German electricity grid.
“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,” said executive vice president Daniele Schillaci, Nissan's global head of marketing, sales and electric vehicles. “Our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision calls for changing how cars are integrated with society, and Nissan Energy turns that vision into reality.”
Nissan is continually working towards making EV’s more convenient to their customers through providing customers connected charging solutions at home, on the road and at their destination. They are also working with partners to harness energy integration potentials. Nissan Energy Share capabilities connect the vehicles with society’s 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.
Nissan is also working towards providing a second life to an EV’s battery. In Europe, Nissan has been reusing electric vehicle batteries as part of an advanced home power solution. In the U.K, the company has combined that energy storage with advanced solar panels. In June, Nissan inaugurated Europe's biggest energy storage system at Holland's Johan Cruyff Arena. Powered by 148 Nissan LEAF batteries, the system operates independently from the main power grid. This is just one of Nissan’s many Energy projects to date.
“Nissan now offers customers a true EV ecosystem with Nissan Energy,” said Schillaci. “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.”