Japanese car maker suggests future cars could recharge themselves on the go and at home
2 March 2016

Nissan has showcased its vision for an electric future at this year’s Geneva motor show.

Following a 12-month project in partnership with architect Foster and Partners, Nissan has announced that the fuel station of the future could simply be the car itself.

The use of technology, such as solar panels, wireless EV chargers and autonomous driving technology, could not only charge a car, but also enable the car to charge the home.

Cars could connect wirelessly to an underground electricity grid through specific points, with the power being generated from solar, wind and wave resources.

The vehicles can be left to park themselves into bays to charge overnight and will autonomously swap with other cars when charged. The car would then connect to the owner’s house, providing electricity to power the home.

The car maker is currently testing the vehicle-to-grid system across Europe, allowing cars to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’, which will be able to store, use or return clean energy to the grid.

London-based Foster and Partners has revealed a number of forward-thinking transport proposals, including unique pathways that sit above railway lines, creating a safer transport route for cyclists.

The Japanese manufacturer also recently announced it will use electric-vehicle technology to power its new Nissan office in France. The new building will have a 1 MWh energy storage system and will be powered by 64 Nissan Leaf second life EV batteries, combined with solar energy generation.

Watch Nissan's vision for an electric future:

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2 March 2016
Autocar wrote:

The car would then connect to the owner’s house, providing electricity to power the home.

Really? So the car provides power to the house, which already has a mains supply. The car then sacrifices some of its precious range for no reason whatsoever, restricting its usability even more. Perfectly sensible, in the crackerjack world of the EV.

2 March 2016
Norma Smellons wrote:
Autocar wrote:

The car would then connect to the owner’s house, providing electricity to power the home.

Really? So the car provides power to the house, which already has a mains supply. The car then sacrifices some of its precious range for no reason whatsoever, restricting its usability even more. Perfectly sensible, in the crackerjack world of the EV.

think further Norma...the car can sit there, generating electricity, that you can sell back to the grid. The car becomes your mobile power station.

3 March 2016

Yes, it almost certainly does and the analogy is the same. Instead of piping hot water to it in an inefficient and expensive way, you generate/store some for when you need it. Between 30 and 50% of the cost of an electricity bill is transmission from the generation point (regardless of type) to the house, and so this would eliminate that.

2 March 2016

With all due respect to this new electric power train and the bold role that Nissan has played in pioneering it, something remains missing until you bring in the equation the renewable energy resources.

3 March 2016

While the idea seems kind of sound, I anticipate there will be problems in its implementation. For instance who will be responsible in managing it all and maintaining it? Nissan themselves or a government nominated body? Also the setting up of the Nissan 'smart street' power grid sounds costly. As well as the owners having to install special equipment in the home for this system, workers who dig up roads and pavements to repair pipes also has to install this system and they are already occupied with doing other work, provided it has been installed correctly on the street. And what about for the people who DON'T drive? How will electric generation work for them (in an ideal world where only renewables exist)? In addition to this, if it wants to create a standard it will need the support of the entire car,
motor and construction industry to make it work.

3 March 2016

Personally all my electrical energy I use at home cones from the generator I have installed at the bottom of my garden that is powered by a treadmill operated by all the fairies that live at the bottom of my garden.
Please do not tell anybody about this cheap environmentally pure source of energy that I have tapped into. I fear the EU will insist I pay the fairies at least the minimum wage and provide a pension for them and comply with the working time directive laws.

I did try generating energy from connecting all the world's environmental activists together in a chain, in series, but I am sorry to report that nothing useful was obtained from this eperiment but there was a lot of hot air produced from the activists.

I hope you enjoyed my fantasy ramblings as much as I enjoyed those in the above article, has all the electro magnetic energy from a Nissan Leaf gone to the head of a certain Autocar journalist and prevented any logical thoughts in his brain?

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