Auto makers go to great lengths to market their products in exhibitions all over the world. Auto shows, engineering expos, materials conventions all feature expensive, elaborate exhibits from auto manufacturers designed to show them and their products in the best possible light.
When it comes to auto exhibits, Nissan is taking it one step further. The company recently showcased at Tokyo’s Cutting Edge IT and Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition (CEATEC) a potential stand-alone community of the near future which is part of a society that uses low levels of carbon; where people access health/medical services through IT; and with housing that connects with the Leaf to Home system, which enables Leaf owners the option of powering their homes with their cars’ batteries.
Nissan calls the concept its Smart House “NSH-2012”, which uses the Leaf to Home charging system. To maximize available space, NSH-2012 adopts the high-floor style of ancient Japanese housing design. A polyhedral room, which can fit in the urban landscape of the near future, features a monocoque structure used in aircraft; the outer panel of the main body is also subjected to structural stress. With a power supply system that combines double power generation (solar power and fuel cell power) with the Leaf to Home system, this home can maintain stable in-house power supply that is not affected by weather, and can rely on solar power and power stored in an EV’s batteries if power is cut off during a disaster.
With an energy management system that uses next-generation mobile communications, the home’s electric appliances also employ energy-saving and remote-controlled maintenance features.