Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Off Grid EV Update: Honda Opens Smart Home with Fit EV - CA | Green Car Reports

This is real progress to the connection between Battery Tech and Renewables especially in Off Grid/Grid Down Applications.

Nissan has had the Home Charger System available in Japan for some time.

Although the Japanese home uses MUCH less power than the average American Home.

We are getting closer.



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Honda Opens Demonstration Smart Home, With Fit EV Electric Car In Garage

Most of us think "Honda" and bring up economy cars, perhaps lawnmowers, or even portable generators. Complete houses aren't usually on the list.
Yesterday, though, the Japanese carmaker opened its Honda Smart Home US in Davis, California--demonstrating its ideas for how Americans might live a zero-carbon life in the 21st Century.
California often pushes the envelope in new technology, and with its corporate home in the Orange County city of Torrance, Honda opted to site its low-impact living testbed on the campus of the University of California at Davis

Davis is flat, sunny, and laced with bike paths, and it's just outside the state capital of Sacramento, about 80 miles east of San Francisco.

Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
Green vehicles parked across from Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
UC-Davis has long had an emerging West Campus residential community, including space and support staff for these kinds of experiments in living.
Low-impact homes are a topic of discussion around the world, with considerable interest in places like Australia and California, where sun power is plentiful but water can be scarce.
The Honda Smart Home represents about 2,000 square feet, all of it optimized toward energy-efficient living. It's fitted with LED lighting, radiant heating and cooling, a massive geothermal recovery system, a large solar photovoltaic panel system, and even a grey-water filtering and recovery system.
The home is actually designed to be energy positive, contributing electricity to the grid and even including a battery storage system both to capture excess energy and to provide a backup in case of blackouts or peak power demands.
Backyard stormwater runoff channel at Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
Backyard stormwater runoff channel at Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
After a period as an open house, the home will be used for three years by UC-Davis visiting faculty and staff, with each tenant staying for a year.
Because this home is an ongoing experiment, tenants will have their power usage monitored--and also be expected to give feedback on the operation and livability of the home as part of regular interviews.
Since this is a Honda Home, the use of a zero-emission Honda Fit EV electric car is included with the home for the next three years.
The garage may be the most interesting and exciting area of what is actually a fairly small and modest home. It contains both a standard 240-Volt Level 2 charging station and, more unusually, an actual DC charging outlet as well.
Honda Fit EV electric car in garage of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
Honda Fit EV electric car in garage of Honda Smart Home at UC-Davis, California
The solar photovoltaic system charges a 10-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery system, housed in a garage storage area, and the solar panels can also directly charge the Fit EV via that DC cable.
For reference, that battery storage is about 40 percent the size of the Fit EV's own battery pack--but home storage is one of the uses envisioned down the road for used battery packs from electric cars, after the batteries' useful life in cars has ended.
Yesterday's event appeared to be a big deal for executives from Honda, judging by the cars parked outside: not only the low-volume Honda Fit EV, but also a 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, and even a Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle.
The Honda Smart Home does not, however, have its own hydrogen filling station. For that, unlike the Fit EV electric car, residents would have to go elsewhere.

Nissan’s Leaf charger will soon power your home for two days

Nissan’s Leaf charger will soon power your home for two days
Those in the market for a new car may want to give Nissan’s fully electric-powered vehicle, the Leaf, another look after the company’s latest announcement.The company said that its Japanese customers will now start receiving Leaf-based EV Power Stations with the capability of powering a home for a couple of days — that’s on top of its ability to keep your car charged for travel of up to 100 miles.
The new EV Power Station can supply 6kWh of energy to a home, which should keep it running for about two days, depending on usage. The new Power Station also features the ability to charge your Leaf vehicle faster, hitting an 80 percent full charge in four hours. That’s about half the time it takes to charge the car using one of the current Power Stations.
The new Power Station costs about 480,000 yen ($6,000) on top of the cost of the vehicle ($35,000). That may seem like a lot, but if your home is routinely knocked off the power grid, having a backup generator might be a nice convenience. (And if it was solar-powered, Zombie apocalypse survivalist types could justify the extra cost.) No word on when these new Power Stations will be available in the U.S.
Check out the video from Nissan below for more details.
Source: DigiInfo TV via Engadget

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