10/17/2014

Nissan Tests EV-to-Grid Power Management

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Nissan Motor Corp. has begun testing a system to use electric vehicles to help ease demand on power grids during peak periods.

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Nissan Motor Corp. has begun testing a system to use electric vehicles to help ease demand on power grids during peak periods.

The concept would allow consumers to reduce their use of household power from the grid by tapping energy stored in their EVs instead. The evaluation will apply the same concept to lighting Nissan dealerships.

The company points out that such a system would enable consumers or businesses to reduce drain on the grid during peaks without the need to dial back air conditioning, turn off lights or cut back on appliance usage.

The tests involve Leaf electric sedan and the Nissan's Leaf to Home power supply system. Tests are being conducted by Tokyo-based energy management specialist Eneres Co. Ltd. in collaboration with Nissan's Kanagawa Nissan Co. sales subsidiary.

The companies will run 2-3 tests per month for three hours at a time between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nissan expects to finish the program in January.