Nissan: Our electric car can power your home

Posted by David Gomez

Nissan  is taking the all-electric car to new heights. Now you can do more than just drive a Nissan LEAF, you can also use it to power your house.

On Tuesday Nissan revealed a way to supply electricity to your home using the lithium-ion batteries inside of the LEAF. It’s part of their campaign to lead the world into a zero emission society.
    
This futuristic initiative was displayed at Kan-kan-kyo, which is a house Nissan built in front of their global headquarters. They said  they are committed to the continued development of the “Leaf to Home” system and that they will research how it can be adapted to connect to modern power grids.
    
The Japanese-based corporation has been working with a group of interested parties on its viability and sales, they want to commercialize it for the market during this fiscal year.
    
The system makes it possible to take electricity stored inside of the Nissan LEAF and feed it into a house by hooking the car up to the house’s electric panel. This is done with a connector attached to the LEAF’s charging port.
    
The connector is designed to be compatible with many electric systems from around the world.
    
Thanks to this system, the LEAF can be used like an electricity storage hub for a house in case of a blackout or power shortage. The lithium-ion batteries are able to store enough energy to power a typical Japanese house for two days.
    
Nissan thinks that the system will let households generate a steady amount of electricity during the day and decrease the burden on the current power supply. They think this because the charging and storing will take place at night and through sustainable methods like solar power, and because it will be used during high demand periods.
    
The “Leaf to Home” system can provide electricity from the vehicle to the home and it can also be used to charge the car. It’s an interesting option to think about if you’re in the market for a new car.