Nissan has unveiled its ideas about how city living might change as technology develops.
The carmaker recently teamed up with design studio Foster + Partners to explore the future of mobility, concluding that the fuel station of the future could actually be the car itself.
A two minute video envisions smart cities where cars, homes, roads and the electricity grid are all connected to each other and powered by renewable sources, including solar and wind. Any excess energy could be stored in the batteries of people’s electric vehicles (EVs), allowing owners to draw energy from the car’s battery to power their homes.
Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: “Technology holds many of the answers for the challenges we face in our cities today. However, the true power comes when those technologies are integrated with each other and the world around us.
“We’ve been at the forefront of zero emission technology since 2010, but our vision does not stop there — we believe that the future of transportation is reliant on both infrastructure and the environment. We’re looking for real, workable solutions that go beyond the product.”
Nissan believes that vehicle-to-grid, battery storage, wireless charging, autonomous drive technology and over-the-air connectivity could combine to revolutionise how energy is used and distributed across Europe’s major cities.
David Nelson, co-head of design at Foster + Partners, added: “Integrating zero emission technologies into the built environment is vital in creating smarter, more sustainable cities. That commitment must extend far beyond the car — it must sit at the heart of everything we do.”