The Nissan Leaf likes to give back. Not only do owners benefit from a tax credit, but the Leaf can also power up a Japanese home for two days and cut the cost of electricity bills in half.
Home Smart Charging was showcased this week during the Tokyo show, and is a new technology Nissan has been working on. A Power Control System (PCS) box takes a direct current from the Leaf, and then feeds it into the home. The Leaf’s 24kwh battery is enough to light up a Japanese home for two days, on the basis that it averages a daily energy consumption of 10 to 12kw.
How much charge a home takes from the Leaf can also specified by the user to ensure there is enough range in it in case they need to drive it somewhere, and Nissan was quick to point out that the new technology does not harm the battery life. In fact, the automaker says it puts much less strain on the battery than driving it.
The home charging system box will become available in Japan only during the summer of 2012, and will cost around 500,000 Japanese yen, which equates to roughly $6429. The box has sparked interest among companies like Hitachi, Panasonic, and Mitsubishi, and Nissan is currently in talks with governments and utility companies about making it an industry standard. There is currently no standard connection or wiring for the box.