Smart Charging Technology For Cars By Nissan And General Electric


Electric Car Technology is one of the future technologies for cars and the one which every car manufacturer looks up to when fuel efficiency and renewable resources of energy are considered. This technology has been in existence for a while in India as well as globally but the question arises, Is there a good charging infrastructure available or in process, for reaching out to customers?

In India the question might not be answered well since there are hardly any buyers running electric vehicles but on the Global level there is a solution emerging out of a tie up made between two of the most renowned companies.


Nissan and General Electric have joined their hands with an agreement for a duration of 3 years, to develop an infrastructure delivering numerous reliable charging locations in most of the states. Specifically talking the two majors have come together to develop “SMART CHARGING” Technology for electric vehicles like Nissan Leaf and other EV’s and Nissan is also working with ECOTALITY to create charging infrastructure in most of the states.

The SMART CHARGING Technology is termed as a medium which would let EV’s to communicate with local utilities ensuring least impact on grid and economical charging conditions.

The idea have been extracted from the fact that owners running EV’s are only interested in finding charging outlets to plug in their vehicles and charge, and never interested in knowing the grid structure working behind these outlets. This new plan will pour in a number of positive aspects including the most important – Efficient & Optimal charging and use of nation’s grid.

Mark Little, senior vice president and director of GE Global Research, has stated “In the past few years, we have seen an acceleration of innovations in plug-in hybrid and electric cars that have sparked a revolution in smart-charging technologies. Together with Nissan, we will take a comprehensive look at what technologies will be needed in the car, on the grid and at home or work to make smart charging a reality,”

Nissan will take care of the technological aspect of the project from its technical centers in Farmington Hills, Michigan and in Japan while General Electric will look at the electrical generation and distribution aspect through its Research and Development center in Niskayuna, New York.

Such projects are aimed at delivering the best and the cheapest electric charging conditions and we hope to see similar projects coming to our country soon.