Imagine reversing the flow from your electric car’s batteries to power your home in a blackout. The technology to do just that was on display last week at GE’s joint showcase with Nissan at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit.
In his speech to open the conference, GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt affirmed the company’s commitment to EVs and the smart grid technologies that support them.
“For every dollar invested in electric vehicles, GE has about 10 cents of content,” Immelt said. “So this is a business that makes sense for us over the long term…We only invest in things that we think can be long-term business competitive and long-term pervasive. We think electric vehicles can become that.” He then backed up his words by touring the booth and climbing in a Nissan Leaf.
In the video above, we follow Immelt as he tours the GE/Nissan booth while Chief Technology Officer Mark Little explains how GE has created a home that is connects your Wattstation EV charger to your Nucleus Home Energy Manager to the smart grid. As Little notes, it isn’t just in a trade show booth; it’s ready and working today.