Those old batteries are still good for something.
Nissan is very proud of the Leaf's bi-directional charging capability, which allows owners to power their homes and businesses using their car. The Japanese automaker is also proud of its recycling program, which repurposes depleted Leaf batteries. At this year's Brussels Motor Show, Nissan has shown off a new van concept that uses recycled Leaf batteries to create a portable workspace. It's called the NV300 Concept Van and we believe it previews the future of the professional work van.
The centerpiece of this concept is a battery solution called the Nissan Energy ROAM. Nissan says this battery pack is weatherproof, silent, and emission-free with a capacity of 700Wh and maximum power output of 1kW. Workers will be able to power their tools using the battery and seamlessly switch between jobs in a silent and eco-friendly way.
The Nissan Energy ROAM can also be charged using a solar panel mounted on the van's roof, creating a truly off-grid power solution. This technology makes the NV300 Concept Van the perfect vehicle for remote work or even camping.
Francesco Giacalone, LCV Planning and Marketing Director, Nissan Europe said: "With the NV300 Concept-van, Nissan is really thinking about the future of the commercial vehicle as an authentic partner for business customers. It’s practical and versatile as well as innovative and self-sufficient with the addition of Nissan Energy ROAM. We believe it has enormous potential in the LCV sector and is a key differentiator for Nissan commercial vehicles.”
Inside, the concept includes handy features such as an integrated touchscreen computer, swivel seating on floor rails, bespoke storage, and LED lighting in the ceiling. Nissan doesn't sell the NV300 van in the US, though the idea of this concept could easily be applied to the smaller NV200 Compact Cargo or the US-spec NV Cargo. Volkswagen's all-electric ID Buzz Cargo may be the more futuristic concept but we think Nissan's van could be put into production much sooner.