Following on the heels of Elon Musk’s Tesla, Nissan has announced that it too will be venturing outside of its automotive roots into the alternative energy market.
Specifically, the Japanese automaker says it’s launching a home energy management system dubbed Nissan Energy Solar. According to Nissan, this system home system will use old Nissan Leaf batteries and rooftop solar panels to help get homeowners of the grid. And Nissan is also promising UK homeowners that their system is, in fact, an end-to-end energy storage solution capable of saving customers up to 66 percent on their energy bills. This means that the rooftop solar panels will both collect and store energy, which can then be used to power the home and charge the electric vehicle simultaneously.
For now, Nissan is just offering this service in the UK with 3 different solar panel styles and prices.
Of course, other automakers have already taken similar steps to develop home battery systems in order to test their flexibility in a more modernized marketplace, including the already mentioned Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and Renault.