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Electric Car Powers Home
Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 5:01 pm


What if you could use your car’s battery to power your home? That’s the idea behind Nissan’s “Leaf to Home” technology. Nissan, in partnership with Nichicon Corporation, has built something called the “EV Power Station”. It takes power from the “Leaf to Home” device and funnels it into your home. It can also halve the amount of time you spend on an average Leaf battery charge, from eight hours to four.

Why would you want your car to power your house? Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around–that you park your car and plug it in (if you have an electric car), so you can charge your battery and drive to work the next day?

The idea is clever, actually: it makes the car’s battery a node in your own personal mini-smart grid, sort of. And it could save you money you spend on buying diesel and petrol to power both the car and the house! Electricity prices in Nigeria is so high now & it isn’t constant. Wouldn’t you like to store up energy, only to deploy it when you are out of power?

Nissan’s Leaf electric car can feed power from its battery back into a family home and run appliances for up to two days.

Using the "Leaf to Home" system, the lithium-ion batteries of the zero tailpipe emission Leaf can be used as a power backup for the home during a power blackout.

The system works by linking the car via a quick charging port to the house’s electricity distribution panel.

The Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kilowatt hours when fully charged

The output from the vehicle comes to six kilowatts, enough to power electricity-guzzling appliances such as a refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine at the same time

Nissan says as well as its potential use in blackouts


Credit: Nissan