Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Nissan projects what will happen to power grid with electric cars.

"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."

"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."

Read more here.

When I first read this report, I thought - what a stupid gimmicky feature. Power blackouts are really pretty rare. If you are on a bad grid, you maybe have a couple down days a year. Even in California when we were having rolling blackouts that one summer a few years ago - you still only had a few down days a year.

So the added cost of this feature doesn't make a lot of sense. Unless you expect way, way, more blackouts.

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