Japanese car manufacturer Nissan and French energy giant EDF are extending their partnership to include the development of smart charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs), including vehicle-to-grid charging, in an effort to reduce cost-of-ownership for commercial customers.
Current smart charging technology allows for control over when, and how quickly EVs charge and in the case of V2G, also allow a two-way flow of electricity, allowing electricity to be sent back to the grid for use in demand response in peak demand periods.
The agreement covers the UK, France, Belgium and Italy, with Nissan being responsible for the sale of V2G-ready EVs, and EDF in charge of V2G charging solutions and services.
The combined offering will reduce the upfront costs of an EV purchase, whilst also allowing business customers to generate additional revenue, whilst helping balance the grid.
Béatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy said: “Our customers are looking to us to help them transition to electric vehicles and smart charging technologies are crucial to this journey. By combining our expertise with Nissan, we are able to work together to make low carbon transport a reality for businesses today and for wider society in the near future.
“Our ability to offer our customers solutions that will help them to invest in electric vehicles and start to realise the financial and environmental benefits they bring is achievable through partnerships such as this.”