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The Future at Nissan - Where Cars Power Cities


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The Future at Nissan - Where Cars Power Cities

Nissan has announced it sees a future full of electric vehicles which send power straight back into peoples’ homes and places of work.

The company is putting its money where its mouth is and piloting a scheme where 100 of its Nissan Leaf electric cars can be plugged into the UK power network and energy from each battery will flow back into the national grid.

The idea is designed to support the national grid at peak times, so drivers charge their cars as normal but at the same time their batteries would also supply capacity to the UK power system.

Nissan - which is the UK’s largest car manufacturer, producing 400,000 vehicles each year from its plant in Sunderland – feels that cars will eventually become an everyday part of Britain’s power supply network.

Paul Wilcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: "We believe electric vehicles can become mobile power units supplying cities and their homes, schools and hospitals. Some may think this is science fiction but we believe it is science fact. We are going to see more disruption in the industry over the next ten years than over the past decade."

Nissan claims that their 18,000 Nissan Leafs which are already out on the roads have a combined energy capacity of 180 megawatt which is equal to two power stations. Collaborating on the programme are the National Grid, Italian energy company Enel and power management company Eaton.

Nissan are also working on a power supply system called Xstorage, which recycles batteries from the Nissan Leaf and uses the energy to power peoples homes.

 

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