What do you do with old batteries from electric vehicles? They’re expensive items and, for the most part, perfectly serviceable even though they may have been replaced by later, more modern batteries with great range and power.
Nissan has created the Energy ROAM package, an all-in-one weatherproof power pack that uses Nissan’s EV battery technology. The company has teamed up with a British specialist camping firm to show off possible uses of ROAM in a smart concept, the x OPUS.
With a storage capacity of 700Wh and a power output of 1kW, the ROAM’s lithium-ion cells are recycled from first-generation Nissan electric vehicles, such as the best-selling Leaf, ensuring a sustainable second-life for the batteries.
The Nissan Energy ROAM unit is mounted in a special compartment at the front of the OPUS. It 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 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.
The Nissan Energy ROAM can also 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.
“The Nissan x OPUS concept is a real-world example of how Nissan Energy ROAM can integrate into our lifestyles – in this case camping,” said Francisco Carranza, managing director of Nissan Energy.
Jonathan Harrison, managing director of OPUS Campers, 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.
“This new concept integrating Nissan Energy ROAM is answering real customer needs.”
The OPUS Camper
Launched in 2017, the OPUS Camper has an onboard compressor to inflate the camper in around 90 seconds. Inside, there’s cooking equipment, a seating/dining area and sleeping accommodation for up to six people. It’s nothing like the camping I remember!
The Nissan x OPUS offers:
- 230v outlet for powering household appliances
- USB sockets for charging smartphones or other peripherals
- LED lighting in the canopy
- 4G mobile WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices
- Digital projector with pull-up screen for enjoying movies during the evenings.
- To feed starving campers at the end of a long day’s hike, there’s a 230v portable microwave, two-burner gas hob and fridge.