Government Grant for EV Charging Research collaboration between CSIRO, Nissan and Delta

 EV Charging Research

Melbourne, Australia (Friday September 7, 2018)
– Nissan Australia has today announced that a grant from the Victorian Government has been awarded to its research project on electric vehicle (EV) charging in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Delta Energy Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd.

The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, approved AUD$210,000 from the New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF) towards the 18-month research project. The NEJF supports Victorian projects that create long-term sustainable jobs, increase the uptake of renewable energy generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and drive innovation in new energy technologies.

The joint research project aims to study off-grid EV charging, using solar power and battery backup, and the optimisation of EV charging profiles to reduce grid impact and maximise the use of renewable energy.

“Developing alternative sources of energy is our priority as we pursue innovation in the electric vehicle space,” said Stephen Lester, managing director Nissan Australia.  “While it’s undeniable that the future is electric, we believe that it is important that the future of electric is also sustainable. That’s part of what defines intelligent mobility for us.”

The Delta-designed system will undergo tests to confirm its performance in various environmental conditions in the temperature control chamber at the CSIRO Monash facility. After these initial tests are successful, researchers will deploy the system at Nissan Australia’s Melbourne facility. Here the system will undergo extensive field trials with a fleet of the new Nissan LEAF which awaits release in Australia.

Minister Lily D'Ambrosio addressed the positive impact renewable solutions will have on the community during her visit to the CSIRO Monash facility: “The project will address a key need in the electric vehicle market by increasing the accessibility to charging stations for domestic, commercial and mobile customers. Such a benefit certainly will contribute to a more stable electrical grid, shorter payback time and more control for the user on charge rates.”

Forever pursuing its vision of intelligent mobility, Nissan welcomes collaboration with industry leaders and government institutions that drive the transformation of Australia’s transportation landscape. An EV pioneer, Nissan is proud to be breaking new ground through the creation of an innovative off-grid EV charging solution for Australians seeking to live greener lives.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of ¥12.19 trillion. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault under the Renault-Nissan Alliance since March 1999. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

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