Electric vehicle drivers will be able to discharge power from their car’s battery pack to pay for parking while visiting the Nissan Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama. The Nissan Pavilion opens to the public tomorrow. Nissan says the payment system is “just one of the many innovations customers can experience at the Pavilion, built to show how Nissan moves people to a better world.” (AutoInformed: Nissan Leaf Debuts in U.S. at $32,780, Milestones – Nissan Begins Assembly of 2013 Leaf EV in Tennessee, Nissan LEAF at 400,000 Sales as IMQ Crossover EV Due in 2022)
The 10,000-square-meter, zero-emission Pavilion has solar panels and is supplied with renewable hydroelectric power. Visitors can eat at the Chaya Cafe, operating on power supplied by LEAF EVs and solar energy. They can also enjoy virtual experiences that allow them to feel the thrill of Formula E electric street racing or go for a ride in new Nissan Ariya EV crossover.
“As the world shifts to electric mobility, EVs will be integrated into society in ways that go beyond just transportation,” says Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida.”
Nissan introduced the world’s first mass-market electric car, the zero-emission Nissan LEAF, in 2010. Since then, the company has partnered with governments and businesses around the world to expand the uses of EVs. 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 in the Nissan Pavilion.
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.
As part of the NEXT transformation plan, Nissan plans to expand its global lineup of EVs and electric motor-driven cars, including e-POWER. Nissan aims to sell more than 1 million electrified vehicles a year by the end of fiscal 2023.
The Nissan Pavilion, located near the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama, will be open to the public from Aug. 1 through Oct. 23. To take a virtual tour, visit https://www.thenissannext.com/en/virtual-tour.html.