These donated units will promote Nissan EVs and, more importantly, provide power in the case of natural disasters and enhance the daily lives of local residents.
The Japanese manufacturer plans to start deliveries this month. The donated LEAFs will come from dealers, as used demo cars.
"Electric vehicles can serve as portable sources of electrical power both in day-to-day living and during emergencies such as power blackouts following earthquakes or hurricanes. The Nissan LEAF, paired with the LEAF to Home power supply system, can be used as back-up power source in emergency situations if there are power outages and/or shortages by providing the stored electricity held in the Nissan LEAF’s onboard batteries. In normal situations, the LEAF to Home power supply system helps stabilize the electrical grid and balance energy needs by charging an EV with electricity generated during the night, when demand is low, or sourced from solar panels and supplying it to homes during daytime when demand is high."
The EV Power Station device that implements LEAF-to-Home and utilizes CHAdeMO standard has charging and discharging power of 6 kW, which mean that a 24 kWh battery pack can be charged or discharged in a few hours.
The EV Power Station : Specifications
Input voltage: Single-phase, AC 200V (±15%), 50 Hz/60 Hz (±5%) Input current range: AC 0-36A Output voltage range: Maximum DC 450V Peak power output: 6kW Conversion efficiency: 90% or more (at rated output) Power factor: 99% or more (at rated output)
Input voltage range: Maximum DC 450V Input current range: DC 0-30A (Limited by cable specifications) Output voltage: Single-phase three-wire system (AC 100V x two-phase)
AC100V (±6%), 50Hz / 60HzAC 200V (±6%), 50Hz / 60Hz (Max.±2%)
Output current range: AC 0 - 30A Peak power output: 6kW (Single-phased, AC 100V·3kW x two-phase) Conversion efficiency: 90% or more (at rated output) External dimensions: 650 mm (W) x 350 mm (D) x 781 mm (H) (excluding projecting parts) Mass: Approx. 60 kg
Sales guidelines for the EV Power Station announced in May 2012 were 10,000 units a year, but that's too optimistic.