Nissans Recycled EV Batteries Power OffGrid Adventures

first_img Nissan and OPUS Campers teamed up for a smart camping concept that uses second-life EV batteries to power “off-the-grid” adventures.Currently, going OTG requires a fossil-fuel generator (which is bad for air quality and a peaceful ambience) or a limited-power battery solution.With the Nissan x OPUS concept camper, though, you can enjoy up to a week’s worth of portable power in one weatherproof, emission-free box: ROAM.ROAM’s lithium-ion cells are recovered from first-gen EVs (via Nissan)Mounted in a special compartment at the front of the folding OPUS caravan, ROAM boasts a storage capacity of 700Wh and power output of 1kW—enough to support energy autonomy for about seven days of camping (with the help of a solar panel accessory).“This new concept … is answering real customer needs,” OPUS managing director Jonathan Harrison said in a statement. “Soon campers might be able to take whichever road—or unbeaten track—they choose, safe in the knowledge they will be connected to a robust and sustainable energy supply.”Before each new adventure, simply remove ROAM from its housing and recharge via a standard 230v domestic socket, or plug it into a solar panel accessory.“Nissan’s leadership in energy services means we are not only transforming the way people drive, but also the way we live,” Francisco Carranza, managing director of Nissan Energy, said. “The Nissan x OPUS concept is a real-world example of how Nissan Energy ROAM can integrate into our lifestyles—in this case, the hugely popular leisure activity of camping.”Visitors to this week’s Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show in Birmingham, England, can stop by the OPUS stand for a sneak peak at the concept.There is no word on when, or if, the technology will be available commercially.Nissan x OPUS concept camper (via Nissan)Last year, Nissan began pairing solar panels with reconditioned Leaf EV batteries to bring eco-friendly power to homes in the UK.The basic, customizable £7,635 ($9,885) kit includes a six-panel system (capable of producing 4kW) and 6kW xStorage battery, as well as professional installation.Nissan estimates it can save the average homeowner 66 percent on their energy bills.More on Uses a Faraday Cage to Combat Phone DistractionsFord Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Cop CarChinese Electric Car Sets Altitude Record by Reaching Glacier Tesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in MoscowToyota’s Electric Vehicle Will Transport 2020 Olympic Athletes, Visitors Stay on targetlast_img