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Nissan and Enel partner on vehicle-to-grid technology

Steve Rogerson
November 22, 2016

Japanese car maker Nissan’s UK-based European R&D facility has become the first in its European network to install vehicle-to-grid technology.
Developed by Nissan in partnership with energy provider Enel, eight V2G chargers have been installed at the site and will be available for all Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) employees to use. The V2G chargers work with Nissan’s electric vehicles to provide an intelligent energy management system capable of both charging the vehicles and allowing the cars to give stored energy from the vehicle’s battery back to the grid to help stabilise demand.
“Nissan has always been at the forefront of EV technology development and we’re excited to be using our expertise to help change the way people consume energy,” said Francisco Carranza, director of energy services for Nissan Europe. “Through the integration of Nissan EVs we can help shape a society whose energy use is sustainable, efficient and affordable. It could change the rules of the game and make energy cheaper for everyone.”
The move marks an important step in the company’s plans to make its Intelligent Mobility vision a reality in Europe. The integration of V2G technology brings to life the vision, demonstrating how zero-emission vehicles such as the 100 per cent electric Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 and energy management technologies can work in tandem to create a cleaner, more efficient energy network.
“The installation of the V2G chargers at NTCE is a significant moment for us,” said David Moss, vice president at NTCE. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase to the world how the energy management systems Nissan is developing can work in a real-life business situation. Integrating it into our own facilities demonstrates the confidence we have in the technology and our steadfast belief that our electric vehicles can play a pivotal role in developing an ecosystem of technologies that work seamlessly together to create sustainable and efficient solutions for the future.”
In August, Nissan and Enel secured their first commercial V2G customer in Europe. Enel has installed ten V2G units at the headquarters of Danish utility company Frederiksberg Forsyning, making it the first business commercially to integrate and host the V2G units.