Nissan Shows The Potential Of Bidirectional Power

Nissan has always lead the charge when it comes to bidirectional power standards in EVs. There is a lot of potential in use-cases such as vehicle-to-grid charging. Yet most other manufacturers care little to bring bidirectional charging capabilities to their cars.

Nissan has shown off the true potential of bidirectional charging capabilities with its new RE-LEAF. It’s a disaster response vehicle built to provide emergency power where it’s needed most following natural disasters. With a higher ride height and all-terrain tires, the RE-LEAF is built to navigate potentially treacherous terrain.

It truly shows off the potential of EVs in disaster relief scenarios. It’s just a Nissan Leaf modified for better all-terrain handling. There’s nothing special about this technology used to potentially power life-saving medical or communications equipment. But putting everything together in this package really shows off what can be done with many cars on the road today.

I get it, bidirectional charging technology is boring. But it’s a relatively simple technology with tons of potential. Hopefully the RE-LEAF brings more awareness to this technology and pushes other manufacturers to take a deeper look at it.

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The Striking Design Inside The Nissan Ariya

When I first took a look at the Nissan Ariya when they showed it off at CES, the thing that struck me the most was how clean the cabin looked. It’s clean and futuristic like you’d expect from an EV in 2020, but it lacks the massive infotainment screen that’s become so popular lately.

Nissan has opted for a very clean, minimalist cockpit for the Ariya. That doesn’t just mean they’ve replaced buttons with a huge screen. They’ve got just the right amount of screen to give necessary information without flooding the interior with pixels. With 2 short but very wide screens I think Nissan has found the perfect middle ground to bring this technology into our cars without giving information overload.

Climate control is integrated into the wooden console as capacitive switches with haptic feedback. The buttons look very crisp and distinct when lit, but can disappear into the background when they’re off.

The center console is adjustable, with the ability to set profiles for automatic adjustment. Atop the console is a large shifter built to fit in the palm of your hand to encourage relaxed driving.

The cabin is incredibly spacious with a flat, open floor that provides plenty of legroom. The slim profile seats add to this feeling of openness. The minimalist design of the dashboard brings a futuristic, spaceship-like feel to it while the wood accents bring a feeling of familiarity.

I’ve spent a lot of time picking apart every little detail of this car. And I’ve got to say, I still have not found anything I don’t love about it. It carries the excellent value proposition Nissan’s EV’s are known for. But they’ve changed their image, and every inch of this car is absolutely beautiful. And the technology they’ve packed in the Ariya for the price could make it a legitimate industry leader.

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Nissan Is Reimagining Their EV Brand: Nissan Ariya Gallery

The release of the Ariya sparks an entirely new chapter for Nissan. Building on their new electric vehicle platform allowed Nissan to design a car without any limitations. The sleek design of the Ariya exudes elegance, unlike anything I’ve seen from Nissan before. The Leaf was a fantastically economical car, but the Ariya places Nissan’s impressive technology in a beautiful package. Let’s take a really good look at the best pictures we have of the upcoming Nissan Ariya.

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What is Vehicle-to-Grid Technology?

While I would argue that EV’s have many more benefits than just their lowered emissions, the need for clean energy is clearly driving the industry forward. But what if I told you that EV’s could do even more to help mitigate climate change. Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology could help enable more use of renewable energy. So why haven’t EV manufacturers hopped on board?

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Nissan Set to Offer Electric Options of All New Models

Nissan was one of the first traditional auto manufacturers to see the value in EVs. While the Leaf hasn’t been without criticism, it’s helped them learn a lot about manufacturing EVs profitably. Now they’ve found a path towards full electrification while the competition is struggling to get their first EVs on the road. As a first step, Nissan is going to be offering electric options for ALL new models in Japan starting this year.

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