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Nissan concept video transforms cars into power plants of the future

Nissan concept video transforms cars into power plants of the future Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit Tech Like Follow Follow Nissan concept video transforms cars into power plants of the future 1.2k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? By Adario Strange 2016-03-07 23:13:26 UTC The auto industry spends a lot of time selling us on the dream of a future of environmentally friendly vehicles and self-driving cars , but that vision is rarely framed for the public in one, easy-to-comprehend vision. To that end, Nissan has released a concept video that attempts to envision a future in which your car, home and city work in a seamless cycle of energy sharing. See also: Elon Musk: Tesla will launch version 2 of its home battery this summer Featuring the Nissan Leaf, we're shown a city of the near future in which all cars autonomously park in front of your home and then begin charging at wireless charging stations. Video: YouTube, Nissan Europe What the video primarily attempts to depict is a scenario in which your car's battery would help to power your home as well as the rest of the city's power grid. In one animation we even see solar panels attached at one end of the house and the car attached to the other, as the home draws power from each in what would presumably be an endless sustainable energy cycle. Of course, many of these innovations now exist as component technologies, but the video helps us imagine a world in which they are common parts of an integrated energy ecosystem. Video: YouTube, Nissan Europe And like all concept videos, we see at least one idea that is incredibly impractical: driving your car directly into the middle of your office to park it for charging. The visual is pretty cool (think Tony Stark ) but no one wants to work in an office in which you have to dodge cars to get to the conference room. Even Nissan's old (circa 2013) Nismo smartwatch makes an appearance, hinting that the company hasn't given up on its dream of a wearable driving accessory. Video: YouTube, Nissan Europe Toward the end of the video, Nissan poses the question: "What if energy was so abundant that it became a free commodity to be shared amongst the city and its people?" And while that sentiment is admirable, energy infrastructure disruption isn't as easy as deploying an app. A raft of legal, technical and even cultural hurdles must first be dealt with. Therefore, Nissan's vision is likely a few decades away as governments attempt to navigate the emerging world of self-driving cars and competing energy options. In the meantime, we can look to Nissan's idyllic vision as something to shoot for in the coming years. Topics: Apps and Software , Cars , autonomous cars , clean energy , concept video , Gadgets , Nissan , renewable energy , solar energy , Tech Video: YouTube, Nissan Europe About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory