This is another way driving an EV could pay off.

Nissan Leaf drivers in the UK could soon make some extra money by selling their hatchback’s electricity back to the power grid. The 100 vehicle-to-grid (V2G) unit pilot program starts later this year as a partnership between Nissan and the electric company Enel. The idea relieves stress on power plants and helps out Leaf owners. To take its dedication for this futuristic tech even further, the automaker will also add V2G capability to all of its major European offices by the end of 2017.

During the test, the companies will set up the V2G charging sites for private and fleet owners. People with a Leaf or e-NV200 van taking part in the trial can plug in to power up their vehicle. The system also lets owners to decide whether sell back the batteries’ stored electricity when there is a high load on the grid.

“This is the first time this has ever been done in the UK and by enabling customers to sell energy back to the grid, we’re providing a financial incentive to choose the sustainable option,” Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, said in the company’s announcement. The pilot program also launches hot on the heels of Nissan reaching the milestone of building its 50,000th Leaf in the UK.

This trial's unveiling comes as part of the new Nissan Futures event series in Europe that lets the Japanese automaker show off its experiments with how to be greener and more sustainable over the next 50 years. In another venture called xStorage, the company is working with Eaton to recycle Leaf batteries into a home energy storage system similar to Tesla’s PowerWall. The 4.2 kilowatt-hour unit can recharge during low-demand periods and help power a house when electricity is more expensive. The devices cost 4,000 euros ($4,550), including installation, and pre-orders start in September.

Source: Nissan

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