Smart Transport

Nissan EVs able to pay for parking with vehicle-to-grid technology

Nissan has demonstrated how electric vehicles (EVs) could help pay for their own parking in the future by discharging energy back to the grid.

The demonstration is part of a new Nissan exhibition space near the company’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, where customers can charge their vehicles and any excess energy can be sold to the electricity grid to help pay for parking.

The Nissan Chaya Cafe is also powered by Leaf electric car batteries and solar energy.

The company’s Nissan Energy Share and Nissan Energy Storage technologies allow electricity from EV batteries to be stored, shared and repurposed, for instance by powering homes or businesses – such as the off-grid cafe at the Nissan Pavilion exhibition.

In Japan, Nissan has also entered agreements with local governments to use Leaf cars as mobile batteries that can supply energy during natural disasters.

In another partnership, the company is repurposing used EV batteries to power streetlights.

Makoto Uchida, Nissan chief executive, said: “The Pavilion is a place where customers can see, feel, and be inspired by our near-future vision for society and mobility.

“As the world shifts to electric mobility, EVs will be integrated into society in ways that go beyond just transportation.”

The Pavilion also features a Mobility Hub that can offer a variety of services, including EV car-sharing and rental bicycles.

The Nissan Pavilion is running until October 23 and for those unable to visit, the brand has put together a virtual tour.

The exibition has been put in place to launch Nissan's new Ariya electric car and its concepts for future mobility services.

The Smart Transport October 2020 Conference - 'Connecting policy to solutions'

Smart Transport’s autumn conference will be held virtually across three days in October to help showcase solutions to government policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

The bi-annual event was due to take place at etc. venues Manchester Piccadilly this October, but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smart Transport has taken the decision to hold an online event instead on October 20, 21 and 22.

Smart Transport editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: "We may have been prevented from staging the 'real' event this year, but our Virtual Smart Transport Conference will be a wonderful alternative, offering delegates, exhibitors and sponsors many of the benefits and features they love most over the three days in October.

"Our stunning digital event platform will put delegates right in the room, replicating the familiar surroundings of the conventional conference with seminars, live Q&A, polls, interactive chats and numerous network opportunities."

All speakers for the October dates will present virtually using Smart Transport’s digital event platform.

There will also be areas for delegates to network and collaborate with other senior smart transport experts on the practical steps needed for private sector solutions to turn the Government’s vision into reality.

The diverse range of private sector leaders from the intelligent transport industry will share their passion and vision to bring the concept of ‘mobility for all’ to life during the three day virtual event, including exploring how Covid-19 has greatly impacted all modes of travel.

There will also be virtual stands for all the event partners for delegates to interact with on each day of the event.

Smart Transport would like to thank its headline strategic partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, AECOM, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, Liberty Global, Macquarie, PJA, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

Register now for FREE entry smarttransport.org.uk

Key topics to be discussed across the three day event include:

  • Impact of Covid-19 and decarbonisation of the freight industry
  • Strategic placemaking - integrating place and mobility, ‘levelling up’ towns
  • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the real world: The projects and trials that prove the use case
  • Decarbonising mobility - What have we learnt from Covid-19?
  • Liveable streets, cities and towns after the lockdown
  • Bringing together public and private sector to enable innovation
  • Tackling transportation challenges with big data
  • Public transport and shared mobility

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