Nissan Leaf’s Battery to Power Homes in an Emergency

Thursday September 1, 2011
Posted at 08:14

Nissan developing system to allow Leaf owners to use battery for emergency power at homeNissan announced recently that it was developing a system to allow owners of its Leaf electric car to use the car’s battery to power their homes during emergencies.

The company said its Nissan Leaf to Home system will transform the Leaf’s charging station into a two-way system that can charge the car’s lithium ion batteries and also draw current from the car’s batteries and feed it directly into a home’s electricity distribution panel.

The Leaf’s batteries store 24 kilowatt-hours of electricity on a full charge. According to the company, that’s enough electricity to power an average Japanese home for about two days. It would be about enough electricity to power an average U.S. home, which consumes roughly twice as much electricity as an average Japanese home, for about a day.

Nissan said it plans to commercialize the system in Japan within a year and expects to make it available to Leaf owners in other countries after systems are adapted to meet local electricity requirements.

Sources:

Nissan Leaf Batteries to Power Homes,” CNET, Aug. 4, 2011.

Leaf Battles Volt for Top-Selling Electric Car

Monday July 18, 2011
Posted at 08:04

The Nissan Leaf is outselling the Chevy Volt in the United States

The Nissan Leaf has taken the lead from the Chevy Volt in U.S. electric car sales, despite a slow start to production and difficulties in acquiring cars for American consumers due to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.

In a battle of the greenest, most fuel-efficient cars on the market, the diminutive all-electric Leaf has had 3,708 cars delivered so far this year, compared to the almost-all-electric Volt’s 2,745. Nissan and Chevy said that they each expect to sell 12,000 by the end of 2011.

Although there’s growing demand for the gas-sipping cars, the base sticker price of the vehicles before government incentives — $33,000 for the Leaf and $41,000 for the Volt— keeps them beyond the reach of what many U.S. consumers can afford.

Although the resulting sales figures are small, George Peterson, an analyst with the California-based consulting firm AutoPacific, said that may be the way Nissan and Chevy want it for now. “From a sales standpoint, Nissan and Chevrolet have been very cautious, wanting to make sure these vehicles are as bulletproof as possible, taking time to thoroughly inspect and check everything,” Peterson said.

Peterson said that he expects sales of electric vehicles like the Leaf and Volt to increase to about 3 percent of total car sales and that the cars will remain a niche purchase. “We’re not going to see hundreds of thousands of these on the road,” Peterson said.

Sources

Nissan Leaf Steals Sales Lead On Chevy Volt,” AutoGuide.com, July 5, 2011.