World Congress to open with a keynote address from GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt on April 24; closes with keynote from Nissan Motor Co. COO Toshiyuki Shiga on April 26.
What if you could charge your electric car in under 30 minutes? What if your car could “talk” to your house or directly to the utility to manage electricity and save money? Keeping with the “Get Connected” theme of the SAE 2012 World Congress, Nissan and its strategic partner, GE, will showcase interactive exhibits that demonstrate the integration of electric cars like the Nissan LEAF into the home with the latest Smart Grid technologies.
Other demonstrations will include Nissan’s CHAdeMO-based DC quick charging system and vehicle-to-home, reverse-flow power management with the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s display will also include the all-new 2013 Altima sedan, which goes on sale this Summer. GE’s display will include its WattStationTM EV charging station; Nucleus Home Energy Manager, which communicates wirelessly with smart devices in the home to monitor household electricity consumption; and Demand Response Management System (DRMS) software, which can be used by utilities to manage electricity loads.
“As a global leader in the development and sale of electric vehicles, we know that it is crucial to collaborate with companies like GE to expand the use of this technology and to open doors to more consumers,” said Carla Bailo, senior vice president, Research and Development, Nissan Americas. “The innovations you will see in the Nissan/GE display at 2012 SAE World Congress demonstrate what happens when two industry leaders ‘Get Connected’ to benefit our customers.”
“The Nissan/GE booth will demonstrate what smart, sustainable living will look like in the future,” said Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research. “Visit our booth and you will see firsthand how smart connections between the grid, the home and the car can help us improve the way energy is managed and consumed.”
The Nissan/GE booth will demonstrate some of the most far-reaching technical capabilities yet of the future Smart Grid and home, including:
- The EV communicating directly with the utility or with the home energy manager to help manage electricity consumption;
- The EV acting as a back-up power source in the event of a power outage;
- Time-of-Use demand response scenarios where devices in the home like the refrigerator, washer/dryer and EV charger react to changes in the prices of electricity based upon the time of day.