Nissan’s new exhibition centre, aimed at promoting the use of EVs, is enabling visitors with electric vehicles to pay for their parking with electricity from their cars.
Described as an interactive exhibition and entertainment facility, Nissan Pavilion opened up last month near Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama. The 10,000-square-metre, zero-emission Pavilion is outfitted with solar panels and supplied with renewable hydroelectric power.
The 10,000-square-metre exhibition space, which opens to the public until October, sets out to show how Nissan is pushing to create a better world, using technology to benefit the environment.
Nissan Pavilion offers visitors an opportunity to experience the future of mobility through different activities and services, many of which strive to demonstrate how Nissan’s technologies allow electricity from EV batteries to be stored, shared, and repurposed.
Enabling electric vehicle drivers to discharge power from their car’s battery pack to pay for parking while visiting the temporary exhibition space is just one of various innovations customers can experience at the Nissan Pavilion, built to show how Nissan moves people to a better world.
Visitors can also eat at the Nissan Chaya Cafe, operating on power supplied by Nissan LEAF electric cars 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 the all-new Nissan Ariya EV crossover.
Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida 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.”
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.
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