To help make it even easier for U.S. customers to choose transportation solutions like the all-electric Nissan LEAF, Nissan and GE have recently signed a two-year research agreement aimed directly at developing a robust and reliable EV-charging infrastructure. As a reminder, the LEAF, which is available in an increased number of markets for the 2012 model year, is certified by the EPA to deliver up to 73 miles of driving on electricity alone, at the equivalent of 106 mpg city/92 mpg highway/97 mpg combined.
“As the U.S. and world move toward electric vehicles, the automotive sector is forming new industry connections that extend well beyond the traditional OEM space,” said Mark Little, senior vice president and director, GE Global Research. “One of the biggest connections being made is with companies that generate and provide electricity. As a major provider of power generation equipment and energy services, GE is in a great position to help the automotive industry bring millions of electric vehicles onto the grid.”
The collaboration will be extensive and far ranging, with the two companies working on a number of different initiatives. These will include research into how best to incorporate EV-charging functionality into a home’s or building’s electrical equipment, as well as ways to optimize the nation’s power grid to meet increased EV demand.
“Connections like this research partnership with GE reinforce Nissan’s commitment to bring zero-emission mobility to the mass market,” said Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas. “GE’s broad expertise with energy networks will help Nissan create better conditions in the market for electric cars like the Nissan LEAF, and add value for our customers both now and in the future.”