Video: Fully Charged Explores How a Nissan LEAF Powers a Home and Makes Hot Tottie

4 years ago by Electric CarsTV 8

“What would happen if cars are to be utilized as high output generators of great capacity? For example, electricity can be supplied to the home from the Nissan LEAF during power shortages, and it will undoubtedly be a great help in the event of a power shutdown. Additionally, EVs with such abilities may also be effectively utilized as a clean source of power in supporting leisure activities and events at areas where other forms of power may be absent. Its options would literally be boundless.”

Says Nissan.

Leaf to Home on Fully Charged

LEAF to Home on Fully Charged

One of those options, apparently, is to heat water up for a Hot Tottie with whiskey, LEAF-branded whiskey to be exact.

Recently, Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged explored the capabilities of Nissan’s LEAF-to-home  electricity supply system.

Though LEAF-to-home has tons of practical uses, Llewellyn headed to the Bruichladdich distillery, on the Scottish island of Islay, to see the system in action.  In this case, the system was used to make a knock-em out drink with some LEAF special edition organic whiskey.

Heating some whiskey is fine, but on the more practical front, Nissan says this:

“The average electricity use of a general Japanese household per day is approximately 10~12kW. The capacity of the Nissan LEAF’s lithium-ion battery is 24kW, and thus is able to provide two days worth of electricity to a household unit when the battery is fully charged.”

We quite like the usefulness of this EV-to-home idea.  How ’bout you?

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8 responses to "Video: Fully Charged Explores How a Nissan LEAF Powers a Home and Makes Hot Tottie"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    Yeh, but what happens if the power is still out after 2 days.

    If you had a Volt it wouldn’t be a problem 🙂

    1. Jay Cole says:

      I’ve probably already been stabbed to death trying to buy the last case of water or something at the local grocery store, (=

  2. Brian says:

    It is a good idea. It will be much more useful once these cars have much larger batteries. In NYS, the average household uses 30kWh per day. A fully charged Leaf would last about 16 hours….

    1. Gene says:

      It amazes me that people use so much electricity in a state where electricity isn’t cheap. On Long Island, we pay more than $0.20/kWh, and almost all of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels (there’s hydroelectric upstate). I think Hawaii’s the only state with substantially higher electricity costs. My wife & I were using 8 kWh/day before having a child, which raised it to ~10, until our new Leaf raised it further to ~14…still far short of 30!

      Anyhow, with the power out, I’d probably use fewer items around the house (principally the fridge, and not the drive the Leaf), so I expect I’d get at least a few days from the Leaf’s full battery.

      p.s. Disappointed that Nissan’s statement couldn’t get the units correct on kWh vs. kW.

  3. Anderlan says:

    I suppose whiskey people (tea prudes) will stone me at my suggestion that they could have saved a buttload of energy by heating up the water with a microwave. Shun, shun, shun the new (50 year old) technology! Spread, spread, spread really scary non-science to support your Luddism. 🙂

    1. Anderlan says:

      (*and* tea prudes)

  4. offib says:

    Seriously, it should be noted that this video is just an edit of one that’s already over a year old. The most recent video on Llewellyn’s channel is the review of the Renault Zoe.

    1. offib says:

      *Llewellyn
      Damn, it’s never easy to get his name right.