Nissan smart home drive
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.