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USA: This is the Future: Use Your Electric Car to Power Your Home

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been living in the future for a little while now. So while that means we have semi-affordable electric cars and computers that fit into our pockets, it doesn’t mean that we’ve got all our problems licked. However, a new charging station for the all-electric Nissan Leaf does get us a little bit closer by allowing users to pull power from the car to for use in their home.
The Japanese company Nichicon debuted the charging station late last month, and has been showing it off at tradeshows. Called the Vehicle to Home EV Power Station, the air conditioner sized device can charge a Nissan Leaf to 80% capacity in about 4 hours — or about twice the speed of a conventional charger. However, the really neat thing about the Nichicon charger is that it is the first commercially available charger built with Nissan’s Leaf to Home technology. In short, it allows power to flow in both directions so that the house can power the car and the car can also power the house.


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