Using the energy from your electric car to power your house during a blackout is an advancement that could be just around the corner, thanks to new technology that General Electric and Nissan showed off at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit. Keeping with the “Get Connected” theme of the event in Detroit, Nissan and GE showcased interactive exhibits that demonstrated the integration of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf into the home with the latest Smart Grid technologies.

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“As a global leader in the development and sale of electric vehicles, we know that it is crucial to collaborate with companies like GE to expand the use of this technology and to open doors to more consumers,” said Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas.

In addition to the new technology that would give your electric vehicle the ability to power your house, the Nissan and GE booth showed off other future Smart Grid technology, including:

– The EV communicating directly with the utility or with the home energy manager to help manage electricity consumption.

– Time-of-Use demand response scenarios where devices in the home like the refrigerator, washer/dryer and EV charger react to changes in the prices of electricity based upon the time of day.

“The Nissan/GE booth will demonstrate what smart, sustainable living will look like in the future,” said Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research.

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