Which EVs does it work with?
In North America the available models with compatible CHAdeMO port are:
- Nissan LEAF (model year 2013 or newer)
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Mitsubishi iMiev
Can I connect it to my house?
No, this is a vehicle-to-load (V2L) device, similar to a portable generator that can provide mobile power, or power for an emergency black out. It is not designed to be wired to a home electrical panel as a Vehicle to Home (V2H) system. V2H units are considerably more expensive that require a licensed electrician for installation, city permit and utility interconnection approval. V2L is a simpler, cheaper and portable application.
Is this the same as connecting an inverter to the 12V battery?
No, this connects directly to the high voltage battery via the CHAdeMO port. It is possible to connect an inverter to the 12V battery, which is a clever solution, but the amount of power you can take is limited by the smaller DC-DC converter.
Do you have other versions for different types of cars?
Not yet. CHAdeMO is the only charging protocol capable of V2H functionality today. CCS protocol is working on it (and has been for years). We hope they figure it out one day and expect compatible products in the coming years.
It is safe to use indoors?
Yes. Unlike a gasoline generator that produces harmful carbon monoxide (CO) emissions, this can be used inside your garage.
How long does it last?
Depends on how much energy you’re pulling and for how long.
- Fridge: 1.2kWh/day
- TV: 1.9kWh/day (1.3amps x 120V = 156W x 12 hours).
An older Nissan LEAF with a 24kWh battery could easily run these devices for 5 or 6 days.
Studies show minimal impact from V2G or V2H, and even potential benefit in some cases. This type of product is very common in Japan. However, please note that Nissan and Mitsubishi have not endorsed this product or approved its use. It is not covered by OEM warranty and to be used at your own risk.
Is it certified?
Yes, it is CE certified. We are in communication with UL for clarification on what certification is required based on this type of V2L configuration.
Can I connect it to my home panel and use as a V2H device?
No, it is not designed for this purpose.
Can I charge my car with it?
No, this is only for discharging DC to AC. However, you can charge another person's car with it. Right now with Level 1 charging, and working on Level 2 charging.