Submitted by TonyF on August 16, 2011
I read an article in Forbes on-line magazine on August 5, which said Nissan had revealed plans to power homes with electricity stored by the lithium ion batteries in their LEAF vehicles. Here's the link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/08/05/nissan-leaf-to-po.... Assuming this is true, that is a really good idea. Is there any reason that Tesla could not offer the same thing? I've been shopping for a backup generator for awhile but being a model S reservation holder this would be a much more environmentally friendly way to keep my home powered for a few hours (or more) during a power outage. Power outages in my area are infrequent ( 1-3 per year) and they typically last 2 -4 hours (one last year was 24 hours). I think this could be a great secondary use for Tesla's battery technology.
Does anyone else see promise in this? For you electrical types out there, what equipment would be needed besides an automatic transfer switch?