Solar Powered Rechargers


Nissan, in partnership with the 4R Energy Corp, are developing one of the most environmentally way of recharging their electric cars. The package for new vehicles would be including a solar power charging system with each vehicle.

The system would be able to recharge the high performance lithium-ion batteries of Nissan electric vehicles through 488 solar cells installed at the Nissan main offices in Yokohama. There are four batteries from the Leaf that would store the collected electricity. These batteries then would help in providing power to the seven charging stations spread throughout the corporate headquarter grounds.

This would be a groundbreaking way to recharge batteries. The electric vehicle does not produce CO2 emissions when it is used. This makes it a very environmentally friendly machine. Now, by being able to recharge it through a renewable source, this is an all the more environmental system. The current critique is that electric cars are merely transferring the CO2 emissions from one producer (car) to the electric plant because of the higher electricity demand. Now, in using solar power, the energy source is renewable without any pollution as a by-product. Also, with extra batteries stored with a constant energy source, the range of the vehicle as well as availability of full charged batteries would make electric cars much more viable in the long-term.

This system through is not entirely new. Another company in the United States has opened up solar powered charging stations. SolarCity, in partnership with ClipperCreek, has started to create solar powered charging stations to residents. Each unit is for home installation and the cost per unit starts at $1500 per unit. This price though does not include the lease for the SolarCity arrays that capture the sunlight and turn it into electrical energy.

This not only provides a full transportation system without any harmful pollution in any way. In charging your electric car using the solar powered charger, the cost of electricity is much lower, in some areas nearly half the cost from commercial electricity suppliers.

"SolarCity's mission has always been to help homeowners and businesses adopt clean power while saving on energy costs," Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, said in a statement."Electric cars are already among the cleanest-running vehicles on the road-charging them on solar makes them that much better. Tens of thousands of electric cars will be delivered over the next year alone, with hundreds of thousands expected over the next five years. We're making it easier to power them with carbon-free electricity for zero emissions, and to dramatically reduce the cost of driving."