We all crave independence, some of us just crave it more consciously than others. Whether it is independence in our careers, relationships, hobbies, or finance, there is something innate in human nature, and especially within the American nature, that wants to be off of the grid, not wholly dependant on a super structure of bureaucracy, infrastructure, and economics upon which every element of our survival must be based.
It may come as a surprise to some that the green technology movement, especially within the automotive industry, complements this hunger for off the grid living. If you could design a weatherproof home, one designed with the intent to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance, one which harnesses the elements to power itself throughout the year, then living off of the grid suddenly seems like a reasonable idea. If you follow Nissan’s que and incorporate the EV energy efficient vehicle into the mix, then this idea moves several spaces closer to reality.
Nissan displayed the NSH-2012 (pictured above) as the “Smart House” of the future at CEATEC Japan (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) 2011. This house and the car-environment interaction which is built in stands as the centerpiece of Nissan’s Standalone Energy Community exhibit.
The house is inspired by a combination of modern aircraft fuselage design and ancient Japanese homes which stem from the Zen tradition. The Smart House has a polyhedral structure that’s resistant to both natural and man made disasters, and the Leaf EV is central to the entire concept.
Each one of the buildings in the Energy Community sustains itself on solar, fuel cell or wind power. Although the buildings are all designed to be self-sufficient, the Leaf is central to their existence as a community. Through the Leaf to Home charging system, the car acts as a battery backup if a solar system can’t generate enough power on a rainy day.
“This home can maintain stable in-house power supply that is not affected by weather, and can rely on solar power and power stored in an EV’s batteries if power is cut off during a disaster,” a spokesperson from Nissan said.
With the Smart House, Nissan has struck on something key in the future of automotive design, architecture, and urban planning.
Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts can view and test drive any current production model Nissan at any Phoenix Valley Nissan dealer. Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts should plan on attending the Phoenix Arizona International Auto Show to learn about the most recent concepts and innovations in the way of electric smart vehicle technology from Nissan, as well as the rest of the auto industry, taking place at the Phoenix Arizona Convention center over Thanksgiving weekend.