What Nissan LEAF Drivers Don't Have to Fear
News coming out of Japan yesterday via a Youtube video shows the renewable energy system being used at the corporate headquarters of Nissan. The company has started taking the used Nissan LEAF batteries out of decommissioned early model year Nissan Leafs and installed them inside the building. The large solar array on the roof of the complex is now capturing the suns energy and storing it inside the used Nissan Leaf batteries!
Next, the stacked used Nissan Leaf Batteries are then funneled outside to awaiting Electric Vehicle Charging stations. This allows for the older Nissan Leaf batteries to help charge the newer Nissan Leaf batteries. Talk about a great way to recycle! It turns out that the used Nissan Leaf batteries retain about 80% of their original capacity. Thus, stringing them together gives the opportunity to harness the power of the sun and to recharge the new Nissan Leaf cars used at the Headquarters facility.
Think of the way this can be done in the future with the decommissioning of the existing fleet of Nissan Leafs. As the battery pack loses its usefulness inside the car itself, the battery pack can then be “redeployed” as a stationary electrical storage system.
Maybe one day, the vehicle to grid concept will truly take hold and existing Leaf drivers could have the car act as a generator in times of grid power outage. V2G is a great concept and the proof of recycling used EV batteries is not something that Nissan Drivers will ever have to worry about.