The spirited, intelligent Margot Robbie shows her prowess once again, this time for her choices as she lends her voice to the cause of clean energy. Not only clean energy, but clean energy for people in need, for people in dire situations — some of the 1.3 billion around the world without any power.
Margot Robbie says: “The world is going electric, but the sad fact is that so many people around the world still don’t have access to a reliable source of electricity at all. Projects like the ones Nissan has announced have the potential to make a genuine difference to people’s lives and help build a cleaner, safer, fairer future for everyone.”
Nissan points out that many of us enjoy our flatscreen TVs and smartphones, home energy storage and smart cars, but that we are fortunate and spoiled perhaps, as there remain around 1.3 billion people who live without access to the power. “At the third Nissan Futures event in Oslo, Margot announced three new Nissan sustainability pilot projects that aim to harness the skills, ingenuity, and experience of Nissan’s global workforce to target the vital areas of energy access and disaster relief.”
To launch the projects, she created a new short film about her role as a Nissan Electric Vehicle Ambassador.
Nissan continues: “Each of the projects will be piloted in 2018, and carefully assessed. Where they prove to be beneficial, Nissan will then look to expand them. The company will be reporting on progress throughout the year. These three pilot projects set out to harness the power of the electric battery far beyond the car and will focus on communities identified as being most at risk or in need.”
These will include:
- Building a microgrid system that will provide a power source for local communities in a developing country who don’t have sustainable access to energy. This will give residents better access to basic needs like education and healthcare.
- Working with local municipalities in Europe to apply the principles of the Nissan Electric Ecosystem to those who most need it. This includes equipping a residential building with a solar power system, Nissan xStorage, vehicle-to-grid technology and new Nissan LEAFs for carsharing.
- Partnering with organizations in areas most likely to be affected by natural disasters to uncover ways Nissan people and technologies can help. For example, a Nissan e-NV200 van equipped with battery packs could be used as a mobile, the sustainable backup energy source in the event of a major power cut, energy disruption or off-grid event.
And check out Margot’s back and forth with the bright-eyed electric van driver as he claims the heaviest tow by an electric vehicle ever. They’ve got the power.