TOKYO, August 2011 (AFP) – Nissan’s Leaf electric car can feed power from its battery back into a family home and run appliances for up to two days under a new project the Japanese car-maker unveiled Tuesday.

Using the “Leaf to Home” system, the lithium-ion batteries of the zero tailpipe emission Leaf can be used as an emergency power backup for the home during a natural disaster or a power blackout, Nissan said.

Nissan, 44 percent owned by Renault of France, said it aims to commercialize the technology in Japan by March 2012.

The system works by linking the car via a quick charging port to the house’s electricity distribution panel. Power can also be fed the other way if the house generates its own electricity with rooftop solar panels.

The Leaf batteries have a capacity of 24 kilowatt hours when fully charged, equivalent to the electricity used by the average Japanese household in two days, said the company.

The output from the vehicle comes to six kilowatts, enough to power electricity-guzzling appliances such as a refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine at the same time, the company said.

Nissan says as well as its potential use in blackouts, the car can be charged during night time off-peak hours and the electricity used by households during high-demand periods.

The Nissan Leaf could power your house in a blackout

New Jersey residents worried about power outages during this summer’s storms could soon be able to power their houses from an unlikely source – the new Nissan Leaf.

Hideaki Watanabe, the head of Nissan’s Global Zero Emissions Business Unit, says Nissan is currently working on a car which would work as a generator capable of powering an entire house for about a day.

Watanabe says the Leaf’s battery – one of the most advanced on the electric vehicle market – can currently store 24 kilowatt hours of electricity. That’s about 24 hours’ worth of energy used by the average U.S. household.

“In Japan, some people say instead of installing a generator, they’ll just buy a Leaf,” says Watanabe.

The Leaf doesn’t yet come with a function to discharge power but Watanabe has tasked his engineers with finding ways to reverse the energy flow. He wants a concrete proposal and a prototype by the end of this year.

“This isn’t an idea Nissan is toying with, this is something we’re seriously working toward,” comments Route 22 Nissan manager Joe Gorr, who runs one of the largest Nissan dealerships in the tri-state area.

Gorr explains that interest in the Leaf has been incredibly high and this only adds to consumer excitement. He estimates that with Nissan’s accelerated timeline, the updated Leaf could be available within a year or two.

Powering homes in the event of blackouts and natural disasters has become an especially relevant concern for Americans who have witnessed the devastating tornadoes in the Midwest in past weeks. And now that summer and its treacherous thunderstorms are in full swing in the Northeast, a car which doubles as a back-up generator provides welcome peace of mind.

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In order to appreciate the new Mother Earth-friendly Nissan Leaf, look no further other than a visit to the Nissan of Mission Hills and find our kababayan Manuel Lava.

You cannot miss Manuel Lava, when you visit Nissan of Mission Hills. The bespectacled forty-something Filipino-American has a ready smile for everyone. Sure, he knows what it takes to sell cars, in particular the Leaf, and an engaging personality is a definite plus.

Manuel, however, is something else. His way of dealing with customer transcends the business exchange at the dealership lot. The guy is willing to walk the extra mile in the name of customer satisfaction, especially when dealing with the hard-to-please Pinoys.

“It is hard to please the Pinoy carbuyer. He has got the logistics, he knows what car he wants, but he needs sincere assurance from the dealer that he is doing the right thing,” said Manuel.

That is where Manuel excels, his sincerity is beyond reproach.  That is why his customers, who have known him for the past 15 years, are the keys to his success as a car dealer.  Call Manuel’s cell phone 66-644-0944, if you want inventory updates or some important news about carbuying.

“Fifty per cent of my Fil-Am clients are repeat customers, or repeat referrals. Meaning, the Pinoy carbuyers look for a trusted friend to assure him that his next car is a reliable one,” he said.

So, that when Manuel moved to Nissan of Mission Hills, his old customers, Pinoys or non-Pinoys, still look for him when buying new cars. The weekend just passed, Manuel sold five cars, three of those by his Pinoy customers

“It’s a pleasant surprise. In the car dealership industry year-ends are usually lean months when it comes to car sales. Here at Nissan of Mission Hills, it seems there is no significant drop,” Manuel notes. He said the Altima, Versa, and Sentra are still the one-two-three best sellers in their lot.

This year, the Mission Hills dealership has kept its lofty mission of keeping an aggressive, high-profile marketing stance in the Valley and beyond with 0% APRs and handsome rebates, a commitment that makes the Nissan of Mission Hills the Number One Nissan dealer in the World.

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