If you thought the parking rates in Metro Manila are expensive, you have probably never seen the rates in other countries before. Japan, in particular, has very expensive parking rates especially at the center of Tokyo and Osaka. A 15-30 min parking period can already cost 100 yen (Php 47) and it only goes up from there. With space becoming ever harder to find, there is no doubt prices of parking will go up even more in the future. But what if there was another means of payment other than cash.
At the new Nissan Pavilion, the automaker has developed a new way of paying for parking – by using electricity. How do you pay using electricity? For starters, you need an electric car. According to Nissan, electric car owners can pay for parking by discharging energy from their car's battery pack while visiting the exhibition space in Yokohama. The electricity supplied by these electric vehicles will help power establishments at the Nissan Pavilion. One such example is the Nissan Chaya Cafe which operates on power supplied by Nissan Leaf EVs and solar energy.
“The Pavilion is a place where customers can see, feel, and be inspired by our near-future vision for society and mobility. As the world shifts to electric mobility, EVs will be integrated into society in ways that go beyond just transportation,” said Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida.
Nissan has been playing with the idea of EVs providing energy for some time now. In Japan, the Leaf has been used as mobile batteries that can supply energy in the event of a natural disaster. Meanwhile, the EV batteries can be repurposed and used to power homes or businesses such as the off-grid Chaya Cafe at the Nissan Pavillion.
With Nissan now accepting electricity as a mode payment for parking at the Nissan Pavillion, the question now is will other establishments follow in their footsteps? Even though they might not be able to earn revenue from parking fees, they will be able to cut down on their electricity bill. Not having to pay parking fees might even be enough incentive for people to shift to EVs.