He presented the LEAF as a home energy resource in Australia. Nissan’s Global Head of Electric Vehicles, Nic Thomas, went to Australia to present there the second-generation Leaf . But he also introduced controversy when he criticized Tesla’s PowerPack in Hornsdale by calling it a “complete waste of resources”. “What we can do is have cars that are also batteries and those cars are parked most of the time,” Thomas said to The Driven . That idea comes from smart grids and V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology. Summing up, the new Leaf is able not only to extract electricity from the electric grid. It can also work the other way around with its standard V2G ability. That makes the car work both as a vehicle and as a big battery pack when parked. Smart grids are being tested in Japan for years. Mostly to improve the safety of the countries electric system if earthquakes and tsunamis threaten to take nuclear power plants down. Fukushima is a sad example of that. Parked EVs can deliver energy to the grid and make their drivers earn money instead of spending it. In countries with different energy tariffs depending on the time of the day, […]

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