The Nissan Leaf Could Power Your House in a Blackout

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Head of Global Zero Emissions Business Unit says Nissan is working on a Leaf that will power an entire U.S. household

This isn't an idea Nissan is toying with, this is something we're seriously working toward

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.

About Route 22 Nissan:
Customers at Route 22 Nissan in West Hillside, New Jersey, love our no pressure sales experience. As a premiere New Jersey Nissan dealer, our mission is to treat every visitor like an honored guest. To our customers this is much more than a mission statement. Our customers quickly learn that "Being an honored guest in our home" means being treated with respect and not having to negotiate or visit multiple Nissan dealers to get the best price.

About Nissan Americas:
In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and was recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 and 2011. More information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan Leaf and zero emissions can be found at http://www.NissanUSA.com.

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