Nissan’s zero-emission LEAF electric vehicle may be used to power entire buildings in Japan. The car manufacturer successfully completed an early test of the ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan. The EVs provided enough power to reduce energy consumption during summer periods by 25.6KW.
The ‘vehicle-to-building’ technology is based on the idea of buildings being powered by cars during peak hours when electricity is most expensive. The power flows the other way when electricity is cheaper. Nissan tested the system with six of their LEAF EVs that were connected to the power distribution board in an office building to provide energy during the day.
The company is trying to develop the ‘vehicle-to-building’ system further with ‘LEAF-to-Home,’ which should provide a flow of electricity stored in the car’s batteries to residential homes. The vehicles are charged during the night, when demand is low, or sourced from solar panels during the day. If it works, entire neighborhoods could use clean energy from family cars, which in turn can be charged using solar energy.