Nissan has revealed a new home energy storage product created from recycled batteries sourced from the company’s electric vehicle offerings, according to recent reports.
— Tim Chester (@timchester) May 10, 2016
The new xStorage energy storage system — which features 12 LEAF battery modules — was revealed by Nissan at a recent event in East London. It’s reportedly being produced in partnership with the power management firm Eaton.
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It charges up when either renewable energy (from, say, solar panels) is available, or when energy from the grid is cheap (typically at night). Then it releases that energy, powering the house, when energy costs are higher. It will also allow consumers to sell energy back to the grid, Nissan say.
The xStorage battery is being touted by the company as “the first… to provide a fully integrated energy storage unit for homeowners.” It will be installed by certified installers and connects to a smartphone app that will allow consumers to manually switch between energy sources. The xStorage will be available in the UK starting in September this year for £3,200 (approximately $4,600). There are currently no plans for distribution in the US.
That pricing is all-inclusive — with converters and installation included.
“Our system will be provided to end users completely ready to use, with all required elements including cabling and installation by a certified professional, at a starting price of 4,000 euros for 4.2 kilowatt-hours (kWh) nominal,” commented Eaton Electical EMEA’s Vice President of Marketing Cyrille Brisson. “Our policy is to avoid hidden extra costs and achieve a lower total cost of ownership than other major offers already announced.”
Nissan is reportedly expecting to sell 100,000 of the systems within the next 5 years.