New Nissan Video Highlights How EVs Make The World More Resilient

MAR 19 2017 BY MARK KANE 23

Nissan released a video presenting one of additional advantages of owning an electric vehicle – they make the world more resilient in case of emergency situations.

Nissan LEAF V2G

We already seen on several occasions when a disaster or has cut fuel and electricity supply short. And in most cases, electricity was the first service to return, making EVs useful in times when internal combustion vehicles are stuck at crowded gas stations.

While fuel supplies are limited, EVs can still drive, and more and more of them will have power export features as we enter 2nd generation offerings.

AC outlets now for sure, and more advanced DC output (like CHAdeMO V2H or V2G devices) that enables to power home or grid.

Nissan’s current 30 kWh LEAF isn’t all that big, but 60 kWh (2nd gen LEAF debuts in September, on sale this year) would certainly be handy long-term if you didn’t have power for several days.

Nissan e-NV200 WORKSPACe is the world’s first all-electric mobile office

Nissan Electric Vehicles for a more resilient world

When a natural disaster occurs, one of the first things you’ll miss having is electricity. Nissan’s electric vehicles are more than cars. They have the ability to supply power at times of emergencies when it is needed most.

Nissan Intelligent Mobility is the brand’s blueprint for the future of motoring, targeting zero emissions and zero fatalities. It was first announced exactly a year ago, at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Since then, significant progress has been made under all three of its pillars – Intelligent Driving, covering advances on how cars are driven; Intelligent Power, which guides developments on how they are powered; and Intelligent Integration, a wider investment strategy on the role vehicles play in society.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV support car in Japan – 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

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This concept could all but eliminate the need for a home battery such as Powerwall. On the rare occasion that most drivers need to drive long distances they could just turn off the V2H option the night before.

Agree 100%!

Having a standard household outlet on EV’s would be a very valuable option, IMO. Imagine how convenient it would be to vacume your car and not have to use an extension cord. Endless uses and shouldn’t cost much at factory level.

Second bet, but almost functionally equivalent, you can add an inverter to it. I’ve done so (2-plug, US 1110V) and can run small ACcessories through it. But I agree, Nissan should build it in at the factory.

how about a 30 amp 115 volt V2H add on power inverter. is there 1 available. who installs them. my ev is a coda with a 30 KW battery

I’ve been without power several times, and my main concern was that I wouldn’t have time to charge the cars before work the next day. It really plays havoc with scheduled charging.

I keep gallons of gas on hand for emergencies, which I could use to fuel an ICE if I needed to drive several hundred miles on short notice. I could also use it to power my house for days. Unfortunately that is not possible with an EV. Usually an EV is less than fully charged when an emergency should strike and it doesn’t have enough power to power a house for more than a few hours.

Further, if I had the ability to drain my car to power my house, I probably wouldn’t use it. If the outage is long, I would find myself without power *and* without the ability to drive anywhere. Not a good situation.

Wouldn’t the best solution in that case be to have a range-extended EV like the Chevy Volt? With it, you would have either option, in case of frequent power outages in the neighbourhood one is never stuck because its gasoline engine can always kick in whenever the battery is lacking, but it gives you 53 miles on a charge. Better than all the other “PHEVs” out there. And even in gasoline only mode it gets better gas mileage than almost any other car on the road.

Your logic makes sense. However, GM is unlikely to make V2H or V2G an option on any vehicle that has a backup ICE. The reason: liability from CO poisoning deaths when the ICE kicks on inside the garage. Also, the battery is pretty small. The Bolt has a better shot of being a candidate for V2 technology. I wish GM would make it happen.

Ideally a V2H system coupled with 1 or 2 Powerwalls (once the price drops to about half what it is now) & a 8kw solar PV system to top up the batteries (which is the system I am planning on installing in a couple of years or so) should hopefully do the trick.

My maximum usage at the coldest part of the year over a 24 hr period was about 90kWh but mostly around the 70-80kWh per day.

70-80kwh per day?!?!? Holy cow! I have a 3,000 sq ft home with 4 people living in it, frequent house guests, an electric car, all electric appliances (though I have gas hot water+solar hot water), I live in Seattle and my highest daily use is around 30 kwh. Do you have a very large family, a heated pool and 3 electric cars? That just seems like an extremely high usage rate – pardon my incredulity.

That’s only for the worst weeks of winter, the whole house is run on electric with no other forms of heating, we also have an Outlander PHEV, in the summer months we only use around 350kWh’s per month, the annual usage is around 12, 000 kWh’s.

The heating is on 24 hrs a day in the winter months.

I see. Electric heat explains a lot. I have natural gas heat too and that must be the main difference.

One word; Insulation….

I like your proposed design.

Ha,ha,try turning things off when you don’t need them. I know I’m different because my hearing is natural gas, but my 4 person home is about 12-15kWh per day, plus the EV about 18-20kWh total. We turn off at the wall when not using things.

The biggest problem I see with this is that in a disaster, I wouldn’t want to be using my low-range EV to power my home. Because once it runs out of power in a day or so, then I’m stranded as well. Something like a Chevy Volt or other hybrid makes MUCH more sense as a home power backup. Because at least you could drive the car somewhere to fill it up with gas, then drive back home and power your house with that fuel.

This is assuming the gas station has power

Sure, but in an emergency, I don’t think that your main concern would be powering your flat screen, but your fridge and freezer and maybe some lights.

I’m sure you could extend that usage out several days by drastically reducing your electricity usage.

Where is the US e-NV200(?) is my only question.

any info on a V2H add on power inverter. 30 amp 115 volt so i can power my motor home when im off the grid. i havent seen any. WHO CAN INSTALL IT ALSO IF AVAILABLE.
does the new bolt have a V2H option. Ma B the NEW 60 KWH leaf does

Ugh. Translation: buy our over-priced charging station that nobody wants!

During the Fort McMurray wildfire, abandoned vehicles snarled traffic and hindered the evacuation. The evacuation centres in Lac La Biche were only 290 km (3hr) away. Yet they ran out of gas while stuck in traffic. The gas stations ran dry. But there was plenty of electricity. It would have been no problem to fully charge an EV at home, or at the 5 charging stations in town. They wouldn’t have run out of “gas” because EVs don’t consume any power when “idling” and don’t waste energy when moving slowly. Had they needed to, they could have stopped anywhere and plugged in.

I’ve also been thinking about the people who die of carbon monoxide poisoning when their vehicle is covered over in a snowstorm . In a 60kWh BEV, you could run the heater for days with no toxic emissions.