Transportation / Mobility

October 19, 2012


Nissan Promotes Power Saving Initiative Together with Kitakyushu City

Keywords: Energy Conservation Manufacturing industry Transportation / Mobility 

Nissan Motor Co. of Japan announced on July 9, 2012, a power saving initiative named "Power Saving by Nissan Leaf," to be conducted jointly with Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, employing Nissan's electric vehicle (EV), the Leaf, and a power supply system, LEAF to Home.

The LEAF to Home system employs EV Power Stations developed by Nichicon Corp., a manufacturer of electronic components, and takes electricity from Nissan Leaf's large-capacity lithium-ion battery. By connecting the system's connector cable to Nissan Leaf's quick charging port, electricity stored in the car's lithium-ion battery is supplied directly to a home's power distribution board.

The system contributes to the reduction of electricity consumption at peak times during daytime by using the Leaf's battery, which can be charged at night or with solar panels. Moreover, it can be used as a backup power source in times of blackout or emergency.

Nissan and Kitakyushu City entered into a partnership agreement in December 2009 to jointly promote zero emission mobility under the slogan, "Kitakyushu; Environment and Technology City 'e-Frontier Project'." Under the initiative "Power Saving by Nissan Leaf," Nissan will deploy free of charge the Nissan Leaf and EV Power Station to a number of public facilities.

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