Nissan is using first-gen Leaf batteries to power a new generation of campers.
There’s a problem with electric cars. Actually, there are a bunch of problems with electric cars, such as the batteries being too big, heavy, and prone to melting under heavy strain. But one problem that most people don’t consider is that batteries don’t last. Eventually, they stop holding a charge as the chemicals inside stop working in much the same way as they do on an old cell phone.
The Nissan Leaf is the world’s best-selling electric car with over 100,000 sold worldwide. They started selling them way back in 2010, and some of those original batteries are dying and being sent back to Nissan. And what does Nissan do with all those old batteries?
Refurbishes them and turns them into second-life battery packs. Which are then used to power campers, of course.
Nissan in Britain has unveiled the Nissan x OPUS Concept Camper, which uses a 700Wh battery called the Nissan ROAM. It’s about the size of a small microwave and can output 1kW, which powers a 230v and 12v circuit integrated into the camper itself.
The ROAM unit can be detached from the camper itself to be charged from a regular power outlet, or it can be charged with a pair of solar cells that can get the ROAM pack back to 100% in 2-4 hours of sunlight.
So long as your power draw isn’t too large, Nissan says the ROAM pack can keep you camping off the grid for a week.
Of course, the battery pack isn’t all that’s going on here. OPUS supplied the rest of the camper, which is itself pretty spectacular. It inflates in 90 seconds and comes with a stove, microwave, and seating for up to six people (and a dog). It even comes with a projector and screen to watch late night movies under the stars.
Nissan x OPUS camper makes its world debut at The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show in Birmingham February 19th. Availability will be later this year, with pricing to be announced closer to. No word on whether this camper will specifically be available in America, but cross your fingers.