Nissan has demonstrated how the “Fuel Station Of The Future” (Nissan’s words) might work, with a new wireless charging concept for electric vehicles.
BMW previously revealed a concept that uses street lamp poles as charge points, but the Nissan concept has simplified charging to the everyday act of parking next to a kerb.
The Japanese carmaker has limited the information about its new concept to a teaser video, which shows a Nissan Leaf approaching a kerb displaying an LED light.
Upon parking, a Nissan logo appears and the LEDs change colour, presumably to indicate that charging has begun.
The concept was developed in conjunction with Foster & Partners, and is scheduled for an official unveiling in March (perhaps at the Geneva Motor Show).
“The world around us is changing, and we find that tremendously exciting,” Nissan said in a statement.
“With the rise of connected cities, there is the capacity for fueling to be built into the very fabric of our day-to-day lives - independent infrastructure could be a thing of the past.”
Nissan’s all-electric Leaf hatch has received a significant boost to its driving range as part of a mid-life update for the 2016 model year.
The battery pack in overseas markets is now available as a 30kWh unit, which boosts range over the standard 24kWh pack by around 27 percent. The updated model is expected to arrive in Australia next year.
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