Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Nissan opened a novel energy pop-up café in Paris this weekend where customers paid in electric watts instead of euros.

For three days, 16-19 December 2016, customers of the Nissan Electric Café in the French capital had the opportunity to use cutting-edge technology to produce their own energy, which they could then use as a currency to pay for goods and services.

Café visitors could walk along a corridor of Pavegen electro-magnetic induction tiles to generate power and try out the Pavegen photo-pod, where they were challenged to jump on the tiles to produce enough energy to take a photograph. The café also featured WeWatt’s innovative bar seating system, which encourages people to cycle whilst sitting down until they generate a target wattage and are rewarded with a beverage of their choice.

Another new technology demonstrated at the café was an xStorage Home unit, developed by power management company Eaton in partnership with Nissan. Powered by second-life Nissan EV batteries or new EV batteries, the energy storage system is designed to give consumers greater control over how and when they use energy in their own homes, enabling them to avoid expensive tariff periods.

Owners of Nissan's LEAF electric vehicles worldwide were recently logged as having collectively driven three billion kilometres since the launch of the vehicle in 2010, saving almost 500 million kilograms of CO2 emissions. The automaker celebrated the announcement by launching a new digital community platform, Electrify The World, and opening the pay-with-energy electric café for the weekend.

Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe, said: “When we introduced the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, it triggered a new wave of interest in zero emission technology and was the first step on our path to achieving Intelligent Mobility. But electric vehicles are just one element of Nissan’s vision. Our pay-with-energy café is the perfect way of showcasing how we can potentially revolutionise the way in which we generate and utilise energy. We want to allow people to experience for themselves how new technologies can benefit their lives today, as well as help improve the lives of future generations.”