Gallery: Nissan Leaf’s New Vehicle Charger Lets Your Car Power Your Hou...

 

The Nissan Leaf, heralded as the first all-electric production car, has yet another neat trick up its sleeve. Just unveiled in Japan, the car’s charger can send the battery’s stored electricity back to the grid. Nissan claims its 24kWh battery can power a typical Japanese house for two days, adding short term energy autonomy for a family when the power goes out. Even more impressive, the technology could be a key component in smart grid implementation, smoothing out the production and consumption of clean electricity.

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  1. JJLawrence December 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is cool but I wonder about american homes.

    There’s a video and more explanation here:
    http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/TECHNOLOGY/MAGAZINE/power_your_home.html

  2. tony myers August 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Will there be a difference in the price I pay for electricity to the price I get reimbursed for electricity I feed back into the grid? It should at least be a break even.

    Would feeding back to the grid reduce the life expectancy of my batteries?

  3. Thomas2c August 3, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Cutting peaks thanks to individuals sharing their stored power is not only skipping high CO2 power plants to start. Value of each plugged car for the community is evaluated 4 000 USD a year. Which may pay for the solar panel installation. What an opportunity! Ref http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle-to-grid

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