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April 26, 2010

US: Nissan and GE ink EV research deal

Nissan and General Electric (GE) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to research smart-charging infrastructure.

Nissan and General Electric (GE) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to research smart-charging infrastructure.

GE and Nissan say they have outlined two key areas for potential collaboration, namely integrating electric vehicles with homes and buildings as well as what they refer to as “EV charging dynamics with the larger electric grid.”

Much of the GE work will be conducted at its global research operations in Niskayuna, New York

Nissan will participate mainly through its Nissan Technical Centre North America in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with support by the Nissan Advanced Technology Centre in Japan.

“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,” said GE Global Research senior vice president and director Mark Little.

“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.”

In the coming months, GE and Nissan say they will “work to identify specific projects they can partner on” in homes and buildings EV integration, as well as electric grid work.

 The all-electric Nissan LEAF is scheduled to launch later this year in Japan, the US and Europe.

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