The system created under the pilot, will allow electric cars to discharge power to the network and contribute to its stability. According to Nissan's website, the first "vehicle to grid" (V2G) electric car recharging facilities have arrived in Italy.
Nissan says that "V2G technology allows e-cars to be considered as real 'batteries on wheels', able to store unused power and discharge it to the grid. All these functions are available thanks to bidirectional charge management."
Nissan has made two 100% electric vehicles available to the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), the LEAF model, and a App Management Platform called Glide, while Enel Energia has installed two V2G charging stations at the Genoa headquarters of the Institute.
In a release, Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s head of Innovation and Sustainability, said: "Today, we consider a car as a battery on wheels - said - V2G can improve the electric sector’s performance as well as creating value for electric vehicle owners, in line with Enel's vision of innovation, while contributing to improve climate conditions. In the light of our 'Open Innovation' approach, Enel has also signed an agreement with IIT for the development of innovative technologies and solutions in the field of energy efficiency, renewable sources and distributed generation, an important part of the search for new sustainable energy alternatives".
Bruno Mattucci, managing director of Nissan Italia, commented: "We continue to fully commit to the development of intelligent mobility that is sustainable, safe and connected. In this direction, the launch in Italy of MOV-E, the first Nissan corporate electric car sharing project, has been launched by the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, one of the world's leading technological centres of excellence. This is a zero-emission mobility solution with a dedicated platform on App, capable of exchanging energy between the car and the power grid by integrating Vehicle-to-Grid technology developed by Nissan and Enel".
Roberto Cingolani, IIT scientific director, concluded: "Mobility and domestic consumption - are two priority areas for delivering clean and efficient energy solutions. The development of our society can no longer ignore the rational use of energy resources, an indispensable element for human health and environmental protection."