Nissan Energy and OPUS unveil camping concept with electric car batteries
Nissan Energy and OPUS Campers have collaborated on a smart camping concept that uses second-life Nissan electric vehicle batteries to deliver up to a week’s worth of remote power for ‘off-grid’ adventures.
Due to be unveiled at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at The NEC, Birmingham, UK from 19-24 February 2019, the Nissan x OPUS concept integrates the recently unveiled Nissan Energy ROAM, a portable, all-in-one, weatherproof power pack harnessing Nissan’s EV battery technology for convenient, emission-free and silent power on the go.
With a storage capacity of 700Wh and a power output of 1kW, the ROAM’s lithium-ion cells are recovered from first-generation Nissan electric vehicles, ensuring a sustainable second-life for the batteries.
Mounted in a special compartment at the front of the OPUS, the Nissan Energy ROAM unit provides a power supply to both the 230v circuit and the 12v circuit (via recharging of the on-board leisure battery which powers the 12v system). This helps support enough energy autonomy for around seven days of camping, with assistance from a solar panel accessory.
The concept allows campers to remain connected and enjoy the comforts of home, whilst having the freedom to travel to remote areas. Uniquely, Nissan Energy ROAM can be removed from its housing within the camper and recharged away from the campsite via a standard 230v domestic socket, or by plugging into a solar panel accessory.
A demonstration of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, Nissan Energy ROAM is a real-world example of how the company is integrating its battery technology and EV expertise into new business sectors.
Says Francisco Carranza, managing director, Nissan Energy said: “Nissan’s leadership in energy services means we are not only transforming the way people drive, but also the way we live. The Nissan x OPUS concept is a real-world example of how Nissan Energy ROAM can integrate into our lifestyles – in this case the hugely popular leisure activity of camping.”
He added: “Our customers already have the ability to take control of their energy use at home through Nissan’s residential storage solutions. Now we can give them complete independence to experience ‘off-grid’ adventures. The new Nissan Energy ROAM can deliver clean, sustainable power to the most remote of locations, and be enjoyed by everyone.”
Jonathan Harrison, managing director, OPUS said: “OPUS owners really love getting out into the wild and enjoying the more remote corners of the countryside. At the moment, to go ‘off-grid’ for any lengthy period, you either turn to a fossil-fuel generator – which isn’t good for air quality or a peaceful camping ambience – or you compromise on the power you can use with existing battery solutions.”
He added: “This new concept integrating Nissan Energy ROAM is answering real customer needs. Soon campers might be able to take whichever road – or unbeaten track – they choose, safe in the knowledge they will be connected to a robust and sustainable energy supply.”
The Nissan x OPUS concept will make its public debut on the OPUS stand (5455) at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at The NEC, Birmingham, UK from 19-24 February 2019. The AIR OPUS® range starts from £15,995/approx. €18,000.