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  • 08 January 2016
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    What is The Fuel Station of the Future?

    Nissan has a plan up their sleeves which could carve the way for a better electric vehicle experience...
Nissan has a plan up their sleeves which could carve the way for a better electric vehicle experience. At the 2016 Geneva motor show, Nissan will unveil their vision for the future with a high-performance wireless charging system, in partnership with innovative architects Foster + Partners.

Wireless chargers are already available today however the technology is slowly evolving and charging rates are slower compared to conventional wired devices. It offers consumers no fuss or wires, just simply park in range of the device and the on-board battery pack will charge effortlessly.

A teaser video shows a glimpse of the future in wireless charging points built into the pavement… now that would be handy! Nissan’s LEAF is the world’s best-selling 100% electric car and is featured in the teaser video.


The manufacturer also announced that a 7kW wireless charging device will be capable of easily charging a larger battery pack overnight.

Currently the 30kW battery in the LEAF can travel up to 124 on a single charge. But since we are talking about the future, Nissan’s research and development centre in Atsugi, Japan are currently developing a 60kW pack which will provide a driving distance of up to 500km (310miles).

David Nelson, Head of Design, Foster + Partners: “As we look ahead at the next 10 years, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence and greater connectivity will come at great pace – and it is our job as architects to inspire and support that change.”

“Pre-empting those developments and integrating technologies to offer urbanites a totally seamless experience is vital, if we are to succeed in creating cities that serve us.”

Nissan LEAF charging at wireless station
Richard Candler, General Manager, Advanced Product Strategy: “We’ve been at the forefront of zero emission mobility since 2010, and for us this project is about inspiring people to come on the journey with us."

“The world around us is changing, and we find that tremendously exciting. With the rise of connected cities, there is the capacity for fuelling to be built into the very fabric of our day-to-day lives - independent infrastructure could be a thing of the past.”

Nissan followed this teaser by making an appearance at COP21, the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change that took place late last year. They introduced their plans for an innovative Vehicle to Grid system and advances in second-life battery uses; that will allow drivers to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’ with the ability to store, use or return electricity to the grid.

If you would like to take a look at the all-electric Nissan LEAF, visit Howards Nissan Weston-super-Mare today!
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