Could battery power become the currency of the automobile?
The world is moving towards electric cars at a rapid rate, and although there are still at least a few years left of gas-powered cars, the popularity of EVs like the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona EV means that the end is in sight. Still, automakers are looking for ways to accelerate interest in the electric car and Nissan is one such company.
With boosting the popularity of EVs as its end goal, the brand is now allowing visitors to the Nissan Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama, Japan to pay for parking with electricity from their car's battery pack.
The venue opens to the public tomorrow and boasts the Nissan Chaya Cafe, a restaurant inside the venue that operates on power supplied by Nissan Leaf electric cars and solar energy. The rest of the venue offers exhibitions of Formula E racing and even a ride in the new Nissan Ariya. As you'd expect, the entire facility gives off no emissions whatsoever thanks to solar and hydroelectric power.
Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida says, "As the world shifts to electric mobility, EVs will be integrated into society in ways that go beyond just transportation." This suggests that electric power stored in the batteries of cars could become an important part of the way drivers interact with infrastructure. Perhaps malls will allow parking to be paid for with electricity in the future too.
Naturally, this kind of future may be a way off yet, but the possibilities are exciting and endless. Naturally, automakers can only control their own facilities and the expansion of electric vehicle architecture will have to also come from government and other public enterprises, but this interesting new idea from Nissan makes it all the more clear that the electric vehicle will become a sort of moving all-in-one office, transportation device, and even wallet.
The future may be daunting to consider and many of us don't like change, but it's coming one way or another and clever ideas like this one will make life a lot easier.