Nissan Americas has entered into another joint partnership in order further expand electric vehicle technology. The goal behind the Nissan and General Electric (GE) collaboration is to bring a mass market adoption of electric cars faster to the public. A more powerful and reliable charging infrastructure is one of the end goals in which the two companies have two years to accomplish. In the process, Nissan’s LEAF will be the main experimental subject.
Two important areas of EV technology are being addressed by GE and Nissan. If the industry ever wants electric cars to be properly accepted, the charging integration between buildings and homes must be made simpler. The future impact of electric cars on the pre-existing electric grid is also a concern of the partnership. As more EVs hit the road, more power is going to be taken from a grid and charging shouldn’t cause a massive drain. In order to accomplish these goals, Nissan will be finding the most efficient way to integrate LEAFs into GE-built Smart homes.
“As a major provider of power generation equipment and energy services, GE is in a great position to help the automotive industry bring millions of electric vehicles onto the grid,” said Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research.
“Connections like this research partnership with GE reinforce Nissan’s commitment to bring zero emission mobility to the mass market,” said Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas.