Electric vehicles to grid - Grid support smart cars. The Nissan Leaf was the iconic electric car in the C segment. With 280,000 V2G sold in a year-to-year growing market. Electric driving is a serious advance that will eventually marginalise the petrol and diesel car.
We are not there yet, but the Nissan Leaf is an important car in a growth market. Another example of renewable energy usage. Smart energy has a lot of potantial. Everyone with solar panels should have a charging point for renting to electric cars owners.
With a real range between 200 and 280 km. That may not be enough to convince someone without EV that is far enough for everyday use. But in practice, 40 kWh is a right balance between costs and reach.
Nissan promises that the new Leaf will receive a better price for the existing car. That will amount to an amount of around 34,000 euros. Later in the same year, there will also be a more expensive version with more power and more range.
Another electric motor and a larger 60kWh battery will provide for this. The ev smart meter also gives you more information about the overall condition.
Nissan makes it a point that the Leaf is more than an EV. The car wants to lead the way in technology. This is done in a traditional Japanese style. By subtly improving existing technologies and by adding a quirky, entirely proprietary technology.
During the question time, the Japanese insist that everything has been tested and tested extensively. While Tesla introduces Autopilot, Nissan has added a new Leaf Pilot Pro. A single lane autonomous driving system. Mostly the same as Tesla can do, but with the help of the direction indicator. The Japanese are still a bit too cautious for that.
You no longer have to operate gas and brakes yourself. The car now is very quiet, both parallel and in the longitudinal direction. E-Pedal is an innovation that is peculiar to its Japanese. It makes it possible to operate the car with only one pedal. Acceleration is as always, braking takes place by releasing the gas pedal. If you release the gas pedal, the car will come to a complete standstill.
An innovation that in the first instance does not provide a lot of benefit for the customer, but can generate money is vehicle-to-grid integration.
That can then use the energy when there is a lot of energy peak demand at peak hours. Or use the power from solar panels or windmills for the electricity network. A nice example of battery storage is the solar pv carport project.
The car can load up to 50kW, but the car will be 150kW. There is a suspicion that the 60kW car or next year will be able to load at that speed. Nissan does not want to give that away yet, but it seems to be between the lines.
Electric vehicles to grid - Grid support smart cars
Nissan is not the first company of a home battery on the market. The Tesla from entrepreneur Elon Musk also introduced the Tesla Powerwall as energy storage system for homeowners. Which was launched by Musk as "the missing piece" that was needed for an environmentally friendly world.
With nine Tesla Powerwall systems, it is possible to provide a home with sufficient energy sources, with each system costing around 2,300 pounds. Several columnists see the Tesla Powerwall system as an opportunity to make entire cities independent of the energy smart grid in the future.
Nissan also tries to pursue such an objective with the introduction of the xStorage system for home owners. And of course, it's fascinating to have a lot of solar panels for EV charging this electric car! Maybe it's time for an energy project manager who will inform you about the possibilities.
Electric vehicles to grid - Grid support smart cars
The Nissan Leaf is a compact five-door hatchback electric car manufactured by Nissan and introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010, followed by various European countries and Canada in 2011. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official range for the 2016 model year Leaf with the 30 kWh battery is 172 km (107 miles) on a full battery charge, while the range with the smaller 24 kWh battery is 135 km (84 miles), the same as the 2014/15 model year. Leaf battery packs can be charged from fully discharged to 80% capacity in about 30 minutes using DC fast charging.
More than 300,000 Leafs have been sold worldwide through January 2018, making the Leaf the world's all-time best-selling highway-capable electric car in history. As of December 2017, the United States is the world's largest Leaf market with almost 114,827 sold, followed by Japan with almost 72,500 units.
Europe with almost 68,000. As of December 2016, the European market is led by Norway with have a registration over 19,400 new units.
The UK with 15,000 units by mid-September 2016. The Leaf was the world's best-selling plug-in electric car in 2013 and 2014.
As an all-electric car, the Nissan Leaf produces no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions when in operation, and contributes to reduced dependence on petroleum. Among other awards and recognition, the Nissan Leaf has won the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year, and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan.