Nissan, City Ventures Team-Up To Create Leaf-Ready Homes

By Sam Grossman | August 03, 2011
As the popularity of electric vehicles increases, so does the demand for charging stations. With this in mind, Nissan has teamed up with City Ventures, California's leading builder of eco-friendly homes in urban locations, to pre-wire 190 Southern California townhomes currently under construction with electric vehicle chargers. City Ventures hopes to include pre-wired parking spaces or garages in every new home in their development. This will allow easy installation of a Level 2 (240v/40amp) electric charging dock, the recommended way to charge the Nissan leaf at home. According to Herb Gardner, City Ventures' president of homebuilding, "By pre-wiring multi-family units, homeowners now have a simple, low-cost option to charge their all-electric Nissan Leaf at our all-electric home, and can even use the home's solar panels to power their car."
Initially, residents in Signal Hill and Santa Barbara will be able to install home-charging equipment in single or multi-family garage locations at City Ventures' developments. A third location in Alhambra will also include the pre-wired homes shortly after. Expect about 54 homes and 108 parking spaces in Signal Hill, 48 homes and 100 parking spaces in Santa Barbara, and 88 homes and 423 parking spaces in Alhambra. As if pre-wired homes weren't technologically advanced enough, Nissan also unveiled a system in Japan that allows the electricity to be supplied from the Nissan Leaf's lithium-ion battery to ordinary households. This is part of Nissan's effort towards a zero-emission society. Through the use of a connector linked to the Leaf's quick-charging port, electricity stored in the Nissan Leaf's batteries can be supplied to a house by connecting the car to the house's electricity distribution panel. According to Nissan, the lithium-ion batteries can store up to 24 kWh of electricity, enough to power the average Japanese household for about two days. The system will allow households to be supplied with enough electricity during the day, while reducing the burden on the current power supply by charging or storing electricity in the Leaf generated at night. Also, the system will not only supply electricity to the vehicle, but also charge it. Source: Nissan