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Nissan And EDF To Partner On Smart Charging Of EVs In Europe

Inside EVs logo Inside EVs 9/20/2019 Mark Kane
a motorcycle parked on the seat of a car: Nissan LEAF charging

Nissan further explores V2G systems together with EDF.

Nissan doesn't stop its efforts to combine electric vehicles with grid integration. One of the latest steps to make it a reality is a new cooperation agreement with EDF Group to accelerate EV adoption and smart charging in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy.

The smart charging includes a range of solutions, basically from simple charging in off-peak periods (usually programmed using on-board system), through linking charging power to real-time production/demand with an input from the utility (charging might be delayed if a local grid is overloaded), or through an ultimate solution of vehicle to grid (V2G), which allows EVs to provide electricity back to the grid (controlled by the grid).

The V2G might become useful at some point in the future (at a high scale of electrification), but so far we believe it's still too costly to implement.

"The cooperation agreement focuses mainly on developing smart charging solutions (vehicle to grid, or V2G) by bringing together technologies developed and mastered by both companies. Smart charging refers to technologies that optimise the charging or discharging of an electric vehicle in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

In the case of Nissan, the V2G is done using the CHAdeMO DC charging standard, but there are also experimental projects with other standards as well as AC.

As part of the cooperation agreement, Nissan is responsible for the sale of V2G compatible electric vehicles, and EDF Group in charge of V2G charging solutions and related services.

  • Fundamental to Nissan's Intelligent Mobility vision is the integration of electric vehicles into society, with V2G technology offering significant benefits to electricity grids and providing new financial opportunities to businesses. As increasing numbers of drivers and businesses make the switch to 100% electric vehicles, Nissan achieved record sales for both the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 van in Europe last year.
  • EDF Group is committed to promote clean mobility for everyone, in particular by developping "smart charging" solutions with tangible benefits to customers. These fully integrated solutions include the management of the battery's charge and discharge as well as flexibility services to the grid available through storage. They are carried by Izivia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the EDF Group specialising in charging infrastructure, and Dreev, the newly launched EDF-NUVVE joint venture, specialising in V2G commercial solutions.

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