Thanks to the recent developments in automotive technology the pollution on our roads will reduce dramatically. However, it seems that the move to electric transport could help homes, too. Sophisticated new tech will allow electric car power to be transferred back into the circuitry of a house when necessary.
Cars and Homes Sharing Electricity is the Future!
In other words, it will be possible for electric cars and houses of the future to ‘share’ electricity. How? Intelligent computer systems will work out how to divide it in the most efficient manner. If for instance, a fully charged electric car is parked up and idle. Being plugged into a house would enable it to provide a little extra power. Thanks to the on-board computer the vehicle will determine exactly how much it can afford to donate.
So, as much as it may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, it will, in fact, be possible soon. Imagine, being able to harness electric car power to run a house sometime in the future!
How Does an Electric Car Power a House?
The science behind a house sharing electric car power is currently under development at the Nissan Tech-Center in Bedfordshire UK. Keen to put the theory into motion, the Japanese car manufacturer is also running a number of trials in Denmark.
As might be expected, the technical details are incredibly complexed and require an almost genius-like understanding of physics to understand. So here’s a more simplified explanation that should clear up any questions you might have.
To begin with, you have a house which runs on an electricity grid. This grid stores electricity and delivers it to the parts of a property to make sure everything is running correctly. It can receive its power in either the traditional way or via solar panels which convert energy from the sun. When an electric car plugs into this grid, it can either draw or put back power depending on what is most needed.
In this way, both the car and the house belong to a symbiotic relationship. One which will significantly reduce overall consumption thanks to its efficiency.
Which Electric Car Companies are Working on This?
Nissan is building a system which allows for the transfer of power between a home and an electric car. Called Vehicle to Grid, it’s possible you may know it as V2G.
A comparable technology is also being worked on at Mitsubishi under the name of Vehicle-to-Home(V2H). Unlike Nissan; however, Mitsubishi is producing a standalone ‘Power Box.’ This box will allow homeowners to run their various appliances while charging their car at the same time.
Furthermore, as Mitsubishi’s approach performs in a similar capacity to a generator, it will be utilized as a backup. It’s not, a device that you will use on a daily basis as a full-time living solution.
Could a Tesla Power a House?
While the experts at Nissan and Mitsubishi are keen to make this all a reality, not all agree. It seems that Tesla is a little more skeptical about homes running on electric car power. Indeed, JB Straubel, the chief technical officer for the American car giant, has reservations. He has suggested that the overall cost of implementing the tech would make it simply unfeasible.
Yes, Tesla may have forged the way in many aspects of electric car design, but it’s not on-board. We may have to wait to see if Elon Musk will, however, switch sides on this particular issue.
When will Electric Cars be Able to Power a House?
The general consensus amongst electric car companies working on this technology is that it is at least four years away. That said, advances in electric car capabilities are simply staggering at the moment. So it wouldn’t be the most significant surprise if it were to arrive even sooner.
It’s also interesting to think about the broader implications of this technology on a global scale. Some commentators have pointed out, for example, that such an innovative approach to powering homes and cars, could have other benefits. Such as many countries sharing electricity resources once the appropriate infrastructure is in place.
Overall, it seems that electric cars can and will power our homes in the future. The hope is that in doing so, it will lead to a much-improved relationship with our environment.