Nissan has installed vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology at its research and development facility in the UK.
Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) is the first of the company’s European facilities to install the technology, which in addition to charging EVs, allows the cars to give stored energy from the vehicle’s battery back to the grid to help stabilise demand.
Developed in partnership with energy provider Enel, eight V2G chargers have been installed at the site in Cranfield, Bedfordshire.
The move marks an important step in Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, which aims to see zero-emission vehicles – such as the 100% electric Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 electric van – work together with energy management technologies to create a more sustainable and efficient energy network.
Francisco Carranza, Director of Energy Services, Nissan Europe, said: “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.
“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.”
Earlier this year, the firms installed 10 V2G units at the headquarters of Danish utility company, Frederiksberg Forsyning.