Nissan shows how LEAF EV can act as emergency power source

YOKOHAMA: Nissan and 4R Energy have received an award for showing how an electric vehicle like the LEAF can be used as an emergency power source during natural disasters.

The companies received the Best Resilience Award in recognition of Nissan's Blue Switch programme started in May, 2018.

The programme promotes the use of electric vehicles to address issues related to disaster prevention, energy management, climate change, tourism, and population declines.

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Over the last two years, more than 8 million households in Japan have experienced power outages due to natural disasters.

By the end of March, Nissan will have concluded 31 agreements with local governments and companies on EV use during and after natural disasters.

The agreements make electric cars available for local communities and citizens to use as power sources at evacuation centres and welfare facilities in the event of outages caused by natural disasters.

This includes vehicles owned by local governments as well as ones used for car-sharing services and for test drives at Nissan dealerships.

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As part of the efforts to boost resilience, 4R Energy has developed a stationary battery by repurposing used 40-kilowatt hour batteries from the fully electric Nissan LEAF.

The company, a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo Corp, has also developed a new product that allows customers to use electricity stored in EVs through V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) technology.

Trials to test operations using renewable energy stored in stationary batteries have taken place at select 7-Eleven convenience stores in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture since September.

The new V2X product, jointly developed by 4R Energy and IKS Co Ltd, is said to be made available towards the end of 2020.
Autos Nissan