With the Nissan Leaf Ev, IoT and mobile technologies playing a central role in the new concept city of the future, Fosters + Partners and the japanese automotive company unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016 a concept of smart and zero emissions city that goes far beyond the fuel station of the future.
Incorporating a range of pioneering Nissan technologies, the vision hints at how vehicle-to-grid, battery storage, wireless charging, autonomous drive technology and over-the-air connectivity could combine to revolutionise how energy is used and distributed across Europe’s major cities.
The need for a sustainable and innovative refuelling network is becoming vital as the market shifts toward alternative sources like electric power. According to the latest World Bank data, today, more than half (54%) of the world’s population lives in cities and by 2050, seven out of every 10 people will live in urban areas, so it is needed an infrastructure already in place to support this growth in a sustainable way.
David Nelson, Co-Head of Design, Foster + Partners: underscores: “Integrating zero emission technologies into the built environment is vital in creating smarter, more sustainable cities. That commitment must extend far beyond the car, it must sit at the heart of everything we do.”
The zero emissions city of the future is almost here
Both companies presented an urban environment entirely powered by electricity with smart roads and smart streets that let the cars wireless re-charge their batteries while parked at night and smart buildings able to us the electricity stored in the vehicles to match all the electric power needs at home or at the office.
Autonomous parking and driving technologies play as well a pivotal role in the concept, becaus it allows the perfect fit of the vehicles both on the recharging points located at the parking places and n the plugging dots where the vehicles should pour the electric power stored inside them into the grid.
The zero emissions city is a connected city as well, providing its dwellers a wide range of sevices through their mobile devices. Mobile devices that are as well connected to and through the vehicles.
The concept city unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show is the outcome of a 12 month collaboration between the reputed architects company Foster + Partners and Nissan and incorporates a range of technologies, both currently available and under development. Among the latest, the urban concept premieres an innovative vehicle-to-grid system currently being trialed in Europe by the Japanese automotive company. When coupled with advances in Nissan’s second-life batteries, thi vehicle to grid system will allow drivers to operate as individual ‘energy hubs’ able to store, use or return clean energy to the grid.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe underscores: “Technology holds many of the answers for the challenges we face in our cities today. However, the true power comes when those technologies are integrated with each other and the world around us.
“We’ve been at the forefront of zero emission technology since 2010, but our vision does not stop there . We believe that the future of transportation is reliant on both infrastructure and the environment. We’re looking for real, workable solutions that go beyond the product.”
Image over the headline.- Nissan smart grid system, one of the key technologies of the Foster +Partners-Nissan concept of zero emissions smart city of the future unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. Image, by courtesy of Foster + Partners.
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