With an electric vehicle, you typically have to use your house to charge your car, relying on your power plug-in to reload your car’s juice. But have you ever thought about using your electric car to charge your home?
That’s the vision Nissan has for the Leaf EV. By teaming up with energy provider ENEL, Nissan is launching a Vehicle 2 Grid system to turn the Leaf EV into a mobile power supply, as well as a Leaf-to-Home energy station in Japan.
A Nissan Leaf mobile power supply would be able to run a house, office, and entire power grid. Why would this be something that should interest Leaf owners? The idea is that owners could run their electrical utilities off the car’s 30kWh battery during peak hours when electricity is most expensive or limited.
This idea was conceived of by Nissan after Japan began limiting energy utilization following the 2011 tsunami. This would allow Leaf owners to conserve power and use it when they want to.
The price of the special charger device is speculated to be around $900, making it affordable for all Leaf owners. Unfortunately, this technology will take time before it spreads outside of test areas in Japan and Western Europe.