Nissan Australia has announced that a grant from the Victorian Government has been awarded to its research project on electric vehicle (EV) charging in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Delta Energy Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd.
$210,000 has been approved from the New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) towards the 18-month research project.
The joint research project aims to study off-grid EV charging, using solar power and battery backup, and the optimisation of EV charging profiles to reduce grid impact and maximise the use of renewable energy.
“Developing alternative sources of energy is our priority as we pursue innovation in the electric vehicle space”, said Stephen Lester, managing director Nissan Australia.
“While its undeniable that the future is electric, we believe that it is important that the future of electric is also sustainable. That’s part of what defines intelligent mobility for us.”
The Delta-designed system will undergo tests to confirm its performance in various environmental conditions in the temperature control chamber at the CSIRO Monash facility.
After these initial tests are successful, researchers will deploy the system at Nissan Australia’s Melbourne facility. Here the system will undergo extensive field trials with a fleet of the new Nissan LEAF which awaits release in Australia.