Nissan said the charging station generates electricity using panels from Solar Frontier, and then stores the energy in lithium-ion batteries with a capacity comparable to that of four Nissan’s all-electric Leaf vehicles. “With seven charging stations (three quick charge, four normal charge) located in the headquarter grounds, the total electricity that can be generated and stored is the equivalent to fully charging approximately 1,800 Nissan LEAFs annually,” Nissan said.
4R Energy is a joint venture established last year by Nissan and Sumitomo. In addition to making batteries for the solar-powered charging station, it has been doing work on second-use batteries from electric vehicles, much like the partnership between GM and ABB Group, which looks to capitalize on technology used in the Chevy Volt.
So far, testing has shown the solar charging station has a rated power output of 200 kilowatts, Nissan said. Development and testing of the charging station by Nissan comes on the heels of word that Mitsubishi had installed a similar charging station in California.