Nissan announced a landmark partnership with power management specialists, Eaton to ensure that the batteries that power electric vehicles work to mitigate the impact of climate change long after the life of the car.
Nissan and Eaton will combine their respective expertise in lithium-ion batteries and power electronics respectively, to bring reliable and cost-competitive energy storage and control technologies to the market.
The partnership will focus on creating commercially viable energy storage and control centres that will provide a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries after their automotive usage. With more than 70 years of electric vehicle heritage and over 50 years of experience in power electronics, Nissan and Eaton are primed to take on the challenge.
The first module to be deployed will combine second-life LEAF batteries with Eaton’s uninterruptable power supply (UPS) technology and solar PV to create a stand-alone energy storage and control package that will allow customers to manage energy consumption and supply, whilst connected to, or independent of, the grid.
The storage and control module will offer an affordable, long-term method for harnessing clean energy, further facilitating the deployment of renewable energy and increased grid stability and efficiency.
The partnership announcement was made during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), for which the Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing a fleet of two hundred 100% electric vehicles, including the best-selling Nissan LEAF, for participants.