EDF subsidiary partners with Nissan on vehicle-to-grid for UK businesses

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EDF, through its subsidiary DREEV, has partnered with Nissan to launch a new vehicle-to-grid service for commercial electric vehicle fleet owners.

The technology enables Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 models to charge during times when the grid is stable and tariffs low and supply excess electricity onto the grid when the energy network is stressed.

The new offering will allow fleet customers to achieve around £350 ($488) savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year, according to a statement.

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EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in just 3 hours and 30 minutes – 50% faster than a standard charger – with integrated DREEV technology.
  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone application, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

The solution is expected to help accelerate the transition to smart mobility which is required for the UK to achieve its decarbonisation goals. In addition, for commercial consumers, the technology will enable them to reduce their operational and energy costs.

With vehicle-to-grid being touted as one of the most innovative and cost-effective ways the UK can expand its flexibility portfolio for grid reliability and transition to net-zero, collaborations between energy and automobile sectors are increasingly focusing on the vehicle-to-grid business case.

The technology was developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve.