Nissan with Showa Shell Seikyu working on solar-powered EV recharging

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Showa Shell Sekiyu K. K. today announced they will start studies on joint development of a quick charging system for electric vehicles (EV) using Showa Shell’s next-generation CIS solar panels and Nissan’s advanced lithium ion batteries for automotive use.

This joint development will take place as part of a commissioned project for EV diffusion launched by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

A quick charging system of which both companies will consider joint development aims to have following characteristics.

* Maximizing the use of solar power which is renewable energy, the system will contribute to diffusion of EV as a ultimate zero emission vehicle which emits no exhaust gas like CO2 not only in driving but also in generating electricity.
* With lithium-ion batteries, power will be able to be supplied in case of power outage at the time of disaster.
* Reducing influence to grid power (load leveling), the system will enable to install quick charging facilities with lower electric power capacity.

In addition, a quick charging system using the next-generation CIS solar panels and lithium ion batteries is expected to be utilized in houses and large-scale solar power plants (mega solar plants).