Last month, Nissan announced a partnership with Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The goal of this partnership focuses on electric vehicle power. Specifically, the companies are testing charging electric vehicles via remote control.
According to Nissan, the study will involve 60 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles owned by customers or by KEPCO. These 60 cars will receive EV switches, a very specific technology developed by Sumitomo and KEPCO. Together, the three companies will enable remote-control charging for these 60 electrically powered vehicles and collect data.
What is the point of this project? Nissan reports that the companies are hoping to eventually use electric vehicles as power supplies. The three companies share a mission for a low-carbon transportation future and a stable electric supply, especially as the demand for EVs grows.
Nissan was perfect company to team up with KEPCO and Sumitomo. The Nissan’s all-electric LEAF continues to be the world’s best-selling electric vehicle.
Here in the United States, the Nissan LEAF can achieve 107 miles on a single charge with a standard 30 kWh lithium-ion battery. While adoption of electric vehicles has been slow here in the US, the country now offers more than 25,000 public charging stations.
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