A render of the outside of the Nissan Pavilion

Energy is a currency at Nissan’s future pavilion

For many people, the pinnacle of a future positive life is having an electric car charged by clean, renewable energy overnight at very low cost.

But there’s also the possibility that such energy could be even cheaper, should the household, including the car, run entirely on power acquired from solar panels on the roof, for example.

Now in Japan, Nissan has given EV owners an even greater incentive, to pay for car parking by discharging energy back to the grid whilst parked.

The Pavilion is a place where customers can see, feel, and be inspired by our near-future vision for society and mobility

Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida

The experiment – which allows consumers the ability to pay for parking with electricity – is taking place at a special Nissan Pavilion exhibition space in Yokohama, Japan.

The The 10,000 sq metres, zero-emission Pavilion is outfitted with solar panels and supplied with renewable hydroelectric power. It has been built to show how the Japanese carmaker envisages a cleaner, electric future.

“The Pavilion is a place where customers can see, feel, and be inspired by our near-future vision for society and mobility,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida. “As the world shifts to electric mobility, EVs will be integrated into society in ways that go beyond just transportation.”

Whilst there, visitors can enjoy virtual Formula E electric street racing or ride in the forthcoming Nissan Ariya EV crossover. A purpose-built Nissan Chaya Cafe is powered by energy garnered from Nissan Leaf electric cars.

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