A new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology has been introduced by energy company EDF, in partnership with Nissan.
The service is available to fleets running Nissan’s e-NV200 electric van, and also its Leaf electric car.
It features V2G technology developed by Dreev, a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, to facilitate two-way energy flow, allowing an EV’s battery to be charged when electricity is at its cheapest, and for excess energy to be discharged and sold back to the grid.
EDF claims the service will allow fleets to save around £350 per charger per year.
The service includes the installation of two-way 11kW chargers, and a Dreev smartphone app to define vehicle energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time.
EDF interim head of EV projects Philip Valarino said: “Today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility.
“By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve net zero.
“Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Nissan Motor GB managing director Andrew Humberstone said: “Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of EVs into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
“We are delighted to be working with EDF on the deployment and democratisation of V2G technology and in providing yet another reason for transport to electrify."