Nissan, Enel Launch Vehicle-to-Grid Trial in UK

Nissan e-NV200

In brief: Nissan and Enel have joined to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in the United Kingdom.

The word

The automaker and power company will launch the first major V2G trial in the UK utilizing 100 V2G units and fleet-owned Nissan LEAF and Nissan e-NV200 vehicles. This will give real-world feedback on the system as well as offer the opportunity for fleet owners to more fully utilize their EV vehicles' potential by selling stored power back to the grid during peak usage, at profit.

Nissan and Enel signed a partnership agreement in December 2015 during the U.N. Conference on Climate Change (COP21). Shortly afterwards, a smaller trial of 40 V2G units began in Denmark.

The system works by allowing Nissan EV owners to connect to the grid to charge at low-demand, cheap tariff periods, with an option to then use the electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery at home and at work when costs are higher, or even feed back to the grid which could generate additional revenue for the EV owner.

And so ...

The trial is part of the long-reaching commitment by facilitating forward-thinking ideas in light of the fast adoption of electric vehicle technologies.

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