powersurge wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:29 am
I don't see what benefit there is for this compared to a 12 volt inverter or having a gas generator?
It's nice to say that it can be done, but is it solving an unsolved problem?
A 12V invert is less efficient, you're first tapping juice from the main battery to put it in the 12V battery and then you make AC out of it, wasting power at every step. While good enough to run a few lights, the 12V battery and dc-dc charger aren't made for this and the power output is limited. Of course you can pull more if you want for a short time but at some point the car's 12V charger can't keep up and you flatten the 12V battery. Using the chademo port is not only more efficient but you can run way more stuff on it, because the Leaf and Chademo standard have been designed to be able to V2G. This is something you can hook up to a main panel and run a whole house from it, ideal for brown-outs and off-grid locations like remote worksites or cabins, campsites etc etc.
For the generator, there is a reason some people get a Leaf, because the don't want to drive around in a car that is powered by a highly tuned rube goldbermachine with thousands of moving parts that is powered by liquid dinojuice, so getting a generator while they have access to a powerwall on wheels would be silly.