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.