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.