Nis­san smart home drive

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AN AIR­CRAFT cabin pow­ered by an elec­tric ve­hi­cle is Nis­san’s view of a modern home in the near fu­ture.

The con­cept is be­ing shown at Ja­pan’s an­nual Ceatec ex­hi­bi­tion of elec­tronic and IT in­no­va­tions. The Nis­san Smart House 2012 uses the Leaf to home charg­ing sys­tem to sup­ple­ment power from the so­lar panels and the en­ergy sav­ing ap­pli­ances can be re­motely op­er­ated.

Nis­san says the high floor adopts the style of an­cient Ja­panese hous­ing de­sign and the poly­he­dral struc­ture copies an air­craft in the outer shell be­ing a struc­tural item.

A fully charged Leaf should power the av­er­age Ja­panese home for two days in an emer­gency, though Aus­tralians’ higher av­er­age power used would trim that back to 30-odd hours.

It still beats sit­ting in the dark when you are house­bound un­til the Leaf recharges. A 46 PER CENT rise in year-to­date sales shows Jeep is out of the rough in North Amer­ica.

The Fiat-led brand topped the growth charts as the US mar­ket posted a 10 per cent rise in Septem­ber. Ford and Chevro­let sales are up 18 per cent and 15 per cent re­spec­tively but Ford has the out­right sales edge with 1.53 mil­lion cars to Chevys 1.35 mil­lion. Hyundai sales are up 20 per cent to nearly half a mil­lion sales so far in 2011.

Sib­ling brand Kia is en­joy­ing a growth spurt and its 367,000 sales are 37 per cent up on last year. Nis­san was the best of the Ja­panese brands with a 25 per cent monthly rise in sales to be up 15 per cent so far this year with 702,000 sales. BMW trails Mercedes tally of 182,500 ve­hi­cles by about 5000 cars, but its 13 per cent growth is bet­ter than the 10 per cent Mercedes has posted so far this year.

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