Nissan announces a smart home compatible with the Nissan Leaf! Total off-the-grid self-sufficiency! Available soon! …Nissan seems to be talking science fiction at CEATEC Japan 2011, an IT and electronics exhibition held in Chiba this week, but Technology Marketing Director Nobunori Suzuki assures the exhibition attendees and press that the company is quite serious.

Nissan has developed, for production and sale, a uniquely shaped home on stilts totally compatible with – of course – the Nissan Leaf as its main energy source. The smart house is called the “NSH-2012” and the idea behind it is titled “Leaf to Home.”

As the Leaf does not itself actually generate power, the house is equipped with both solar cells and fuel cells to provide electricity for daily use. The Leaf’s power controller, when hooked into the house, can either charge the Leaf from an energy surplus or replenish the house’s supplies. In theory, according to Nissan, between the Leaf’s capacity as a giant rolling battery and the house’s twin energy sources, it should be possible to live off the electric grid completely.

Suzuki is particularly enthusiastic about the project. “Development is nearly finished,” he said. “We’re in the middle of technical disclosures to the relevant appliance and home manufacturers, and if possible, the smart home will go on sale by the end of the year,” he said.

“Cars are used for transporting people and animals, and to have fun behind the wheel. This has been the measure of value of a car until now,” Suzuki added. “We would like to propose a car as not only a tool for driving, but also as a means of supporting energy use for a self-sufficient lifestyle. This is the kind of fun idea we want to make into reality.”

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