Nissan, Osaka City, prefecture conduct power-saving measures
Nissan Motor Co is taking part in a campaign to help ease anticipated electricity supply constraints through measures taken jointly with the City of Osaka and Osaka Prefecture under the “power saving actions with Nissan LEAF” initiative. Nissan’s contribution to the power saving measures will include the provision of the “LEAF to Home” power supply system.
Free of cost, Nissan is lending 250 Nissan LEAFs paired with “EV Power Station” units, which are made by the Nichicon Corporation. Osaka city and prefectural offices have received 50 sets, with 200 sets destined for the private sector within the prefecture. Nissan will be responsible for recruiting individual participants and corporations located in Osaka prefecture. Private sector child and elderly care facilities are eligible to apply.
“LEAF to Home” power units provide an uninterrupted flow of electricity stored in the high-capacity batteries onboard Nissan LEAF electric vehicles (EV) to residential homes. The system will help encourage Nissan LEAF owners to charge their cars with electricity generated during the night, when demand is low, or sourced from solar panels. This assists in balancing energy needs by supplying electricity to homes/offices during daytime, when demand is highest. It can also be used as backup power source in case of a power outage and/or shortages.
Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said, “‘LEAF to Home’ is a totally new system that can help balance energy needs by storing power during the night and consuming it during daytime at homes and offices when demand is high. Power saving is an important national issue we need to address now and throughout the year. We are excited to be able to significantly contribute to this ‘peak (power use) shift’ effort in Osaka by leveraging the capabilities of the ‘LEAF to Home’ system.”