YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is continuing to take the lead in ground breaking innovation in the pursuit of zero emissions, by expanding its leadership of electric vehicles into new product segments.
The company already dominates in electric passenger vehicles. Launched in December 2010, the Nissan LEAF is the best-selling pure electric vehicle in history with more than 87,000 on the roads worldwide. Zero tailpipe emissions, powerful acceleration, quietness and refinement as well as exemplary safety and reliability mean more and more drivers are embracing the utterly unique features of an EV. Now Nissan is challenging itself to bring the benefits of zero emissions to new customers.
With the successful introduction of the world’s first mass-produced 100-percent electric-powered vehicle back in December 2010, the Nissan LEAF has truly changed the way the world thinks about mobility. At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, a total of five dynamic EVs are on Nissan’s stand. Joining the forward-thinking self-driving Autonomous LEAF in the Nissan display will be the NISSAN BladeGlider, e-NV200, NISSAN New Mobility CONCEPT and Nissan LEAF Aero Style. Together they represent Nissan’s vision for future mobility.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency charged with regulation of the high-power electric grid, issued the standards. Among their highlights, they:
Expand the size and likely the number of units that can connect to the grid without costly studies;
Add energy storage units to the types of power that can take advantage of the standards; and
Increase utility information disclosure on local grid conditions – essential for identifying the best locations to connect distributed energy resources to the grid.
Why are new standards necessary?
The new FERC standards address technically important issues related to the increasing need to connect solar photovoltaic (PV) and other distributed generation to local grids. Many state clean energy laws include targets for these on-site units, and net metering” arrangements allow homeowners to sell excess power to the local utility.
Keep in mind that in most cases, installing a solar panel or wind or other power system does not mean going “off grid.” The homeowner or business needs to connect to a power line nearby to ensure a dependable supply of power when the onsite system isn’t producing, and to provide power back to the grid for neighbors to use. Grid power also helps to balance the minute-to-minute power variations in home power units.
A local “distribution” grid of power lines works to distribute and deliver energy from higher voltage transmission lines to our neighborhoods. These smaller lines can handle only so much additional power from distributed energy systems without experiencing problems – even though those same lines are delivering less power from large power plants as a result of the proliferation of onsite power systems.
Source: Nissan Motors
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