Nissan has accelerated its drive into the electricity sector with the roll out of its first home energy system without the backing of a traditional utility.
The Japanese car-maker is striking out on its own with the sale of a stand-alone solar, storage and vehicle charging system following partnerships with E.On and Ovo Energy earlier this year.
The integrated system will allow energy users to generate their own solar power, which can be stored in a battery or used to charge an electric vehicle to reduce their overall energy bills by up to two-thirds regardless of which supplier they use.
The system also includes a home energy management function that allows users to control how and when they use their energy.
The car maker’s first independent bid to grab a stake in the burgeoning home energy market puts the company in competition with traditional utilities and tech giants including Google and Amazon.
Nissan hopes its leading position in developing electric vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, will give the group an edge in the emerging low-carbon economy. The group reportedly also plans to stop selling diesel cars in Europe as part of its aim to sell one million electric vehicles a year by 2022.
Francisco Carranza, who leads Nissan’s energy services arm, said the group plans to create an ecosystem to help ensure the adoption of electric vehicles without creating additional strain on the grid.
“What you see today is something that is only powered by Nissan – it is the first time we are stepping into the energy space without an energy utility behind us,” he said.