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.
Gallery: Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Charging
- ‘Nissan Futures’ events provide new insights into the next 50 years of social and sustainable mobility
- Breakthroughs in energy management and electric vehicle battery technology headline the first event in London
- Highlights Nissan’s vision for a greener, cleaner, more sustainable future
LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: In a first for the brand, Nissan today announced the launch of a new event series in Europe designed to push the future of mobility debate beyond the automotive industry. Following the launch of its Intelligent Mobility vision at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, ‘Nissan Futures’ reaffirms Nissan’s commitment to a future that is less congested and more connected, inspiring people and businesses to adopt a ‘smarter’ way of living.
Pursuing a goal of zero emission vehicles and zero fatalities on the road, Nissan’s ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline, anchoring critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. ‘Nissan Futures’ tackles these topics head-on, giving Nissan and its partners a platform to extend the future of mobility debate.
With a series of announcements, inspiring talks and demos, the event brings together industry leaders, media, partners and stakeholders for a thought-provoking discussion designed to inspire an Intelligent Mobility revolution.
Hosted by Nissan’s European Chairman Paul Willcox, the first event is taking place in central London and features talks from guest speakers including National Grid CEO, Steven Holliday as well as speakers from technology start-ups, Pavegen and Chargifi.
At the event, Nissan will unveil a series of breakthrough announcements concerning electric vehicles and next generation battery technology. They include:
- A major vehicle-to-grid trial in the UK in partnership with energy provider Enel that will see Nissan electric vehicles supplying the UK’s National Grid with an efficient and flexible source of energy. A trial of 100 vehicle-to-grid units will commence in the UK later this year. It will enable Nissan electric vehicle owners to give energy from their vehicle’s battery back to the UK grid, providing a cost effective, sustainable and reliable source of power, while helping consumers save and make money.
- A revolutionary new residential energy storage system called xStorage developed alongside Eaton, the global leaders in power management. The system will not only give Nissan electric vehicle batteries a ‘second life’, but will also provide customers with a fully integrated energy storage solution that will put energy management and distribution back in the hands of the consumer.
- Confirmation that Nissan will integrate V2G technology and energy storage solutions into all of its major European offices by the end of 2017. Further details will be announced in the coming months.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe said: “The creation of the ‘Nissan Futures’ series was borne out of Nissan’s deep desire to create a safer and more sustainable future for everyone. It’s no longer enough for automakers to work in a silo. The challenges of tomorrow require solutions that transcend single industries or companies. That’s why we’re partnering with like-minded businesses from other sectors to deliver new solutions that support a more sustainable future.”
The inaugural Nissan Futures event follows the recent launch of Nissan’s Intelligent Motoring Advisory Board, which brings together a cross-section of industry leaders to tackle one of the fundamental issues of our age – the future of mobility and ‘smarter,’ cleaner living. Led by the Head of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe, Gareth Dunsmore, and made up of twelve members from across Europe, the Advisory Board will convene twice a year as part of an on-going partnership and programme of activity.
- First ever vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial in the UK
- Nissan electric vehicles become mobile energy hubs supplying the grid
- Trial comprises of 100 V2G units
- Nissan EV owners can sell stored energy in their vehicles back to the grid for a profit
LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: Automotive industry leader Nissan and multinational power company Enel, today confirmed plans to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first ever carried out in the UK. The trial will work by installing and connecting one hundred V2G units at locations agreed by private and fleet owners of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric van. By giving Nissan electric vehicle owners the ability to plug their vehicles into the V2G system, owners will have the flexibility and power to sell stored energy from their vehicle battery back to the National Grid.
Today’s announcement heralds an exciting era for energy management in the UK. Not only will Nissan electric vehicle owners be able to play an active role in grid stability, providing an alternate source of income, but it will revolutionise how energy is supplied to the grid. Once scaled up, the V2G technology can become a game-changer for owners of Nissan EV in the UK as they become fully fledged and active participants in the UK energy market.
Paul Willcox, Chairman of Nissan Europe, said: “Today’s landmark trial in the UK is a significant step forward in renewable energy management, helping shape the future of industries, cities and societies. Smart energy management is one of the biggest challenges any nation faces for the future which is why this trial is so critical in assessing the feasibility of using variable, more flexible energy sources. We see Nissan electric vehicles as being the mobile energy hubs of the future, pioneering a self-sustaining energy infrastructure that will help solve the capacity issues of the future.”
“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.”
This endeavour is part of Enel and Nissan’s commitment to support the entire EV ecosystem, going beyond the car itself and delivering new services to the energy industry. Moreover, there will be an increasing number of EVs on the roads across Europe in the future and it is vital that V2G technology is rolled out to ensure the grid can satisfy the demands made upon it for increased energy.
“We are thrilled about the launch of this project in the UK,” said Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s Head of Innovation and Sustainability. “The installation of our innovative two-way charging technology will encourage the integration of non-programmable renewable energy flow into the grid and will help the spread of electric mobility in the country, benefitting the energy sector and the environment, while also having a positive impact on electric owners’ wallets. The fact that Nissan has chosen Enel’s charging technology to trial in the UK is the perfect demonstration of just how much potential the Group’s V2G electric vehicle charging system has to revolutionise not only transport but also the way electricity distribution works.”
Industry projections show that by 2050 there might be twice as many cars on the road as there is today - a staggering 2.4 billion. Delivering and managing that growth in a way that is sustainable for the world, requires smart thinking.
Nissan, as the pioneer of electric vehicles, alongside Enel, a worldwide leader in smart grid technology have been looking at ways to use electric vehicles beyond traditional mobility. Nissan electric vehicles will be used for more than just getting from A-to-B. They will turn into clean mobile energy units whose unused power can be sent back to the grid to power homes, offices, schools and hospitals.
Steven Holliday, Non-Executive Director, National Grid, said: “At National Grid we are constantly looking to the future to ensure we have the capacity to meet national energy demand - it’s our job to future proof the national transmission network.
“The rapid uptake of Electric Vehicles is certainly positive yet could also be challenging if we don’t plan ahead to understand precisely what effect this new technology will have on the electricity system. Our Future Energy team predict that there could be up to 700,000 Electric Vehicles in 2020 requiring an extra 500MW of energy. That’s why we support innovative technologies and pioneering projects such as this one that have the potential to make a real difference to the way we manage energy supply and demand.”
Currently if all 18,000 Nissan electric vehicles in the UK were connected to the energy network, they would generate the equivalent output of a 180 MW power plant. If that was scaled up in a future where all the vehicles on UK roads are electric, vehicle-to-grid technology could generate a virtual power plant of up to 370 GW. This energy capacity would be enough to power the UK, Germany and France.
V2G technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid and will help improve grid capability to handle renewable power, making renewable sources even more widely integrated and affordable. V2G charging infrastructure developed by Enel gives private EV owners and businesses with large EV fleets the opportunity to create mobile energy hubs by integrating their vehicles into the grid. 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.
Today’s announcement follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Nissan and Enel in Paris in December 2015 during the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) to trial V2G technology in Europe. A trial comprising 40 V2G units began in Denmark in January 2016.
NISSAN AND EATON MAKE HOME ENERGY STORAGE RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE TO EVERYONE WITH ‘xSTORAGE’
- Designed to be the most reliable and affordable energy storage system in the market today
- Helps consumers avoid expensive energy tariff periods
- Developed in collaboration with Eaton and designed in the UK at Nissan Design Europe in London
- Sales expected to exceed 100,000 xStorage units within the next five years
LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: Automotive leader Nissan and power management leader Eaton, have joined forces to unveil a new residential energy storage unit – designed to be the most affordable in the market today. Available to pre-order from September 2016, the ‘xStorage’ solution will give consumers the power to control how and when they use energy in their own homes.
Connected to residential power supply or renewable energy sources such as solar panels, the unit can save customers money on their utility bills by charging up when renewable energy is available or energy is cheaper (e.g. during the night) and releasing that stored energy when demand and costs are high. If a home is equipped with solar technology, this means that consumers can power their homes using clean energy stored in their xStorage system, and be rewarded financially for doing so by avoiding expensive daytime energy tariffs.
The home energy storage system also provides the ultimate back-up solution to consumers, ensuring that the lights never go out – ideal at a time when energy grids are coming under enormous strain. Moreover, customers can also generate additional revenues by selling stored energy back to the grid when demand and costs are high.
The xStorage unit will be the first device of its kind in the market to provide a fully integrated energy storage solution for homeowners. This means, unlike other storage devices, this factory made integrated unit ensures safety and performance when storing and distributing clean power to consumers. Once set-up by a certified installer, it is ready to go, giving consumers the ability to plug in and power up easily. It will also have smartphone connectivity to allow consumers to flick between energy sources at the touch of a button.
Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe said: “It is high time consumers were given the flexibility and power to control how and when they use energy in their own homes. The new xStorage solution combines Nissan’s expertise in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, resulting in a formidable second life battery solution. We want to make energy storage exciting and affordable to everyone, not least because it delivers real consumer benefits whilst ensuring smarter and more sustainable energy management for the grid.”
Beyond its high specification functionality, the xStorage system has also been designed with aesthetics and usability in mind to ensure it fits seamlessly into the home environment. This design expertise comes directly from the brains at Nissan Design Europe, UK who are renowned for their world-class vehicle design and styling.
Providing a sustainable ‘second life’ for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over, the new unit is powered by twelve Nissan EV battery modules and has the potential to revolutionise the way people manage energy usage in their own home, providing added flexibility and multiple cost savings.
Cyrille Brisson, Vice President Marketing, Eaton Electrical EMEA said: “The collaborative development between Eaton and Nissan enabled us to optimize development and production costs and deliver a well-integrated offer to consumers. Our system will be provided to end-users completely ready to use, with all required elements including cabling and installation by a certified professional, at a starting price of €4,000 (£3200) for 4.2KWh nominal. Our policy is to avoid hidden extra costs and achieve a lower total cost of ownership than other major offers already announced.
Both companies have a well-established footprint in Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. At Eaton, we have a network of over 1,000 distributors working with qualified installers in 77 countries. We ensure that consumers access, store and use clean power safely and efficiently in the comfort of their own home.”
The new xStorage system unveiled today marks the start of a longer-term commitment by Nissan and Eaton to widen the portfolio of energy storage solutions available to both private and commercial customers. Nissan and Eaton expect to sell more than 100,000 xStorage units within the next five years as the consumer appetite for this type of technology continues to grow.