The top position in the U.K’s automakers will be taken by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. after the latest breakthrough. People will now have access to electric cars, and they will have the possibility to gain extra amounts of money by selling excess energy back into the grid.
By providing customers with this unique feature, the company aims to dominate the market and to prove that vehicles powered by batteries can do more than drive.
A recent partnership was announced between Nissan and Enel SpA, one that will merge Italy’s biggest utility with Japan’s second-biggest carmaker. They will produce e-NV 200 electric vans and drivers of Nissan Leaf battery-powered cars will be able to sell excess energy during periods of maximum demand.
By doing this, the partnership will provide mobile power sources which will compete with other top companies’ products, such as Tesla Motors Inc.’s Powerwall battery. According to Paul Willcox, Nissan’s chair for Europe, customers will now be able to save the money they used to spend on energy bills. Furthermore, electric vehicles will become a significant mobile power unit.
Enel and Nissan have another reason to hope that electric cars will take another step forward, because of the unfortunate cheating scandal related to Volkswagen AG’s emissions.
The alliance will start their program by establishing 100 drivers of electric cars and vans in the U.K., who will be handed over the Enel’s “vehicle-to-grid” software, which will grant the access to the electricity through National Grid Plc. If the program ends in success, cars will be brought to the market on a commercial basis, according to the head of innovation and sustainability for Enel, Ernesto Ciorra.
Starting from October, Dubbed ‘xStorage’, the energy storage unit will be available at a starting price of 4,000 euros ($4,556). The storage unit is the product of Nissan and Eaton Corp., a company from Cleveland that also became part of the alliance.
If the government continues to establish rules that will encourage people to rely less on gas- and diesel- driven cars, the new electric vehicles will receive more attention on the market.
After all, these new cars can actually become some of the future’s most ecological developments.