Nissan To Donate 47 LEAFs and LEAF-to-Home Power Supply Systems In Japan


Nissan LEAF and the EV Power Station

Nissan LEAF and the EV Power Station

Nissan has decided to provide 47 LEAFs and 47 LEAF-to-Home power supply system to roadside rest areas in all 47 prefectures of Japan.

These donated unit 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

<When charging Nissan LEAFs>
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)
<When supplying power to households>
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 / 60Hz
AC 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.

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The Leaf-to-home systems are pretty neat. The inverter kits I sell for the Leaf and the Volt are a convenient way to provide some of this functionality to US households, but I wish that the manufacturers would integrate it into the vehicles like Via Motors has done. Most of the electronics is already in the vehicle for such an application.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has two 100V AC plugs, but it’s only available in Japan. Export PHEVs will not have this option. That’s a pretty cool feature.