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OVO and Nissan partner in vehicle-to-grid consumer offering

Wed 04 October 2017 | Back to news list

The car manufacturer Nissan and energy supplier Ovo Energy have announced plans to collaborate in the launch of a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) service in 2018. The new offering combines OVO Energy’s intelligent energy technology and the Nissan xStorage Home system using Nissan LEAF second life batteries. 

The plan is to provide clean, renewable power to customers and complement the 'V2G' service previously announced. The news could see an acceleration in the adoption of home battery storage as well as allow consumers the opportunity to sell energy to the grid at peak times. 

Business Green reports that the partnership could see electric vehicle (EV) drivers benefit from lower energy costs by providing grid operators with balancing services via their car batteries meaning Nissan EV drivers may ultimately be able to effectively charge their cars for free through incentives provided by OVO Energy.

Stephen Fitzpatrick, chief executive of OVO, said: “Electric vehicles are fast becoming a mainstream option for drivers and solve many of the challenges facing our cities. We believe that they have an integral part to play in the twenty-first century power grid and accelerating decarbonisation and mobility.  The company estimates that if all 20,000 Nissan electric vehicles in the UK were connected to the energy network, they would generate the equivalent output of a 200MW power plant with a 10kW charger.

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