Nissan home energy-storage battery: another front against Tesla?

The Nissan Leaf electric car doesn’t compete directly with any of the luxury models from Tesla Motors, but Nissan is now targeting Tesla in a different arena.

The Japanese carmaker will offer standalone battery packs for home energy storage.

Available for pre-order in September, the xStorage line of battery packs was developed in concert with power-management company Eaton.

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In Europe—where the packs were designed—consumers will be able to avoid energy tariffs by connecting them to renewable-energy sources like solar panels, Nissan says.

The ability to maximize utilization of home-solar arrays is expected to be one of the main benefits of energy-storage systems.

Battery packs can store electricity for later use, meaning excess power generated by solar panels isn’t wasted.

Nissan xStorage battery pack for energy storage

The Nissan xStorage system will have smartphone connectivity, allowing homeowners to switch between grid electricity and home

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