Electric automakers are looking at ways to reuse their old electric car battery packs and are becoming increasingly more innovative.

Today, Nissan unveils a stunning new standalone streetlight powered by used Leaf battery packs and solar.


 The Japanese automaker and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have teamed up with the town of Namie, Japan, which was plunged in the dark after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, to install the new streetlights, which don’t rely on the main grid.

They designed the streetlight from the ground up to incorporate old Leaf battery cells in the base of the light and added solar modules on the top to charge the batteries during the day.

Read more: Electrek