Dec 6, 2011
Chris Weiss

Nissan To Offer Wireless Charging, Home Power In 2013 Leaf

The Nissan Leaf already offers unparalleled fuel economy and cleanliness, and it will soon offer more convenience than ever. Nissan announced recently that it will be offering a wireless charging system as of 2013. The Leaf will also be gaining the ability to power your home as early as next year.

We knew wireless EV charging systems were on the horizon, but home power systems? Through installation of a Power Control System device, the Leaf will be able to feed into the home power grid as well as take from it. The user could control how much electricity the Leaf’s 24 kWh battery sends into the home grid, ensuring that it has enough energy left for tomorrow’s commute.

Nissan estimates that a full Leaf battery offers enough juice for about two days’ worth of energy needs in the average Japanese home. With installation of Nissan’s equipment, the Leaf would be a back-up generator for the 21st century.

Nissan intends to launch the system in Japan as early as mid-2012. It will cost around 500,000 yen ($6,420) initially, but Nissan hopes that a decent distribution will lower prices eventually. Partners like Hitachi, Panasonic and Mitsubishi have shown interest in working with Nissan on the technology.

In terms of wireless charging, Nissan plans to market a system by 2013. The system would automatically detect the battery when you parked on top of it and would be controlled via smartphone app. According to Nissan, it will not be affected by weather, so you can equip your favorite parking spot inside or outside.

Unfortunately for current Leaf owners, the wireless charging system will not be available as an aftermarket kit and will require some changes to the battery and vehicle hardware. No word on price for that system.



Source : Autocar


1 Comment

  • This is pretty cool, i think this would be a great technology for people to have with a car like the leaf.

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