Electric car can be used to power homes.
A new system developed by Nissan allows the electric ‘Leaf’ car to be plugged into a house, providing it with energy. Leaf owners will have to buy a separate Power Control System (PCS) box, which is installed in their home.
According to Nissan, the Leaf’s 24kW per hour battery is enough to power a home’s lights, fan, television, fridge and other appliances for two days.
In an ideal world, the technology would operate in a smart home fitted with solar panels and fuel cells, thus free from the electrical grid.
However, until those types of homes are the norm, it could still be used to reduce a household’s electricity bills. The car would be charged at night through the electrical grid but homeowners might use the vehicle’s battery to power certain appliances and devices during peak times to save money. It could also be used to power the home during blackouts.
The PCS box will go on sale at the end of March in Japan, where it will cost more than US$6,300.