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NISSAN AND EATON POWER AHEAD WITH SECOND-LIFE BATTERY SYSTEM

• Nissan partners with Eaton to provide a sustainable system for battery reuse
• The partnership announcement comes as further evidence of Nissan's commitment to COP21 – the 2015 Paris Climate Conference
• Nissan is paving the way to a sustainable, zero-emissions future for their customers and future generations

PARIS 8th December 2015: Nissan today announced a landmark partnership with power management specialists, Eaton to ensure that the batteries that power electric vehicles work to mitigate the impact of climate change long after the life of the car.

Nissan and Eaton will combine their respective expertise in lithium-ion batteries and power electronics respectively, to bring reliable and cost-competitive energy storage and control technologies to the market.

The partnership will focus on creating commercially viable energy storage and control centres that will provide a sustainable 'second life' for Nissan's lithium-ion batteries after their automotive usage. With more than 70 years of electric vehicle heritage and over 50 years of experience in power electronics, Nissan and Eaton are primed to take on the challenge.

Robert Lujan, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Global: "The batteries as power storage units far outlast the typical life of a car. In order to bring a commercially viable solution to the market, it requires not only the battery expertise of Nissan, but also the experience in power management, control and integration that Eaton offers. This partnership is the first step in delivering a real world system for our customers in the near future."

The first module to be deployed will combine second-life LEAF batteries with Eaton's uninterruptable power supply (UPS) technology and solar PV to create a stand-alone energy storage and control package that will allow customers to manage energy consumption and supply, whilst connected to, or independent of, the grid.

The storage and control module will offer an affordable, long-term method for harnessing clean energy, further facilitating the deployment of renewable energy and increased grid stability and efficiency.

"Having produced our own batteries, at our leading manufacturing sites worldwide, for many years; we will now be able to expand the life of our automotive batteries therefore reducing the need to use additional resources from the planet to produce new batteries" highlighted Lujan.

Cyrille Brisson, Vice President Marketing, Eaton Electrical EMEA: "These systems will really facilitate the wider adoption and deployment of renewable generation; giving people greater control over their energy supply and consumption.

"The wide-ranging benefits of such a unit include continuity of supply, increased grid stability and efficiency, avoidance of peak energy tariffs and a reduction in the reliance on expensive fuels like diesel to compensate for no-grid or poor-grid situations."

The partnership announcement was made during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), for which the Renault-Nissan Alliance is providing a fleet of two hundred 100% electric vehicles, including the best-selling Nissan LEAF, for participants.

Once again demonstrating Nissan's commitment to identifying and implementing technologies to pave the way towards a Zero Emissions future; the new Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, has an extended range of up to 250 km on a single charge - enough for the average owner to enjoy an extra day of driving each week.

For more information about Nissan products, services and the brand's commitment to sustainable mobility, visit www.nissan.eu/experience-nissan.html

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