Nissan is preparing to make a major push, starting next year, with its new LEAF EV and the ability to quick charge it is one of the primary selling points. However, doing 480V charging on a wide scale is problematic. First of all, there are almost no such charging stations in existence today. Secondly, the presence of public charging stations pulling down high voltage current like that would put a significant load on the grid.
In an effort to address these potential problems proactively, Nissan is partnering with Showa Shell to test that company’s latest solar photovoltaic panels in conjunction with the automaker’s lithium ion batteries. Although few details are available, it appears that the companies will evaluate quick charging systems that use solar energy to charge a bank of automotive-grade batteries. The batteries would then be used to charge cars. If it is effective, the system would reduce the load required from the grid, eliminating one of the concerns of electric vehicles while also making the use of solar more practical.
Nissan and Showa Shell partner to test solar quick charge system originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Fri, 21 Aug 2009 08:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.