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Smart Grid technology showcased at Georgian College

Nissan “LEAF to Home” charging system seen for first time in Canada


June 4, 2012
by Fleet Management staff

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario: Nissan and its strategic partner, PowerStream, showcased an interactive exhibit demonstrating the integration of electric cars like the Nissan LEAF into the home with the latest Smart Grid technologies. The display, which marks the first real-life demonstration of V2H technology in Canada, took place at Georgian College in Barrie. “V2H” stands for the “Vehicle to Home” system, which enables energy that is stored in an electric vehicle’s batteries to be used in residential homes.

With a 24kW lithium-ion battery, the Nissan LEAF is able to provide the typical Canadian household with enough electricity for a full day from fully charged.

“As a global leader in the development and sale of electric vehicles, we know it is crucial to partner with companies like PowerStream to expand the use of this technology and to open doors to more consumers,” said Allen Childs, president of Nissan Canada.

The Nissan/PowerStream V2H display demonstrates some of the most far-reaching technical capabilities yet of the future Smart Grid and home, including:

  • The EV communicating directly with the utility or with the home energy manager to help manage electricity consumption;
  • The EV acting as a back-up power source in the event of a power outage;
  • Time-of-Use demand response scenarios where devices in the home like the refrigerator, washer/dryer and EV charger react to changes in the prices of electricity based upon the time of day.