The Nissan Leaf is the best selling electric vehicle ever, and the automaker is looking to make it even more useful by introducing new and convenient ways to utilize its battery packs to store and share energy.
While this isn’t a new concept, Nissan plans to take energy sharing far beyond the electrical grid. In effect, the automaker wants to create a so-called “electric vehicle ecosystem.”
Under a new plan called Nissan Energy, the company will launch three separate efforts dubbed Nissan Energy Supply, Nissan Energy Share and Nissan Energy Storage. The first effort aims to streamline home charging as Nissan wants to assist customers with verifying whether or not their charging equipment can be safety connected to electric vehicles.
The Nissan Energy Share is the most interesting of the three. Since the company has electric vehicles with more than 10 GWh of storage already on the road, Nissan wants to tap into their potential.
As part of this initiative, the company is working with partners to develop inexpensive equipment to popularize vehicle-to-home (V2H) technology. In effect, the battery of the Nissan Leaf could be used to power the owner’s home during a blackout or used to power the home when electric rates are higher during peak demand.
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