Nissan Joins Forces With E.ON For V2G And Renewable Energy

JUN 15 2018 BY MARK KANE 8

Nissan announced a new partnership concerning electric vehicle-to-grid services and renewable energy projects with energy supplier E.ON.

2018 Nissan LEAF

The Japanese company intends to become the go-to automotive partner for energy services, which would additionally support the electric car business.

The main topics are:

  • renewable energy generation
  • energy storage systems
  • vehicle-to-grid systems
  • grid integration for Nissan EV customers

Nissan and E.ON are already collaborating on the matter in Denmark and now will explore opportunities on pilot activities and commercial offers in Europe.

There are plenty of opportunities as Nissan already is engaged in two V2G projects in the UK that will result in 2,000 installations.

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“The project – one of several in which Nissan is partnering with some of Europe’s most innovative energy companies – is delivering on Nissan’s commitment to develop a comprehensive electric ecosystem for both consumers and business.

2018 Nissan LEAF – V2G (LEAF To Home)

At its heart is Nissan’s goal of a more integrated society, with offices, schools, homes, roads and vehicles fully interconnected. All would be powered by clean and sustainable energy.

Nissan uses its Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to achieve this. It’s a key element of Intelligent Integration – one of the three central pillars of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision.”

“The partnership with E.ON will utilise a V2G infrastructure and Nissan’s advanced bi-directional charging technology. It will allow customers to draw energy from the electricity grid to power their electric vehicle. They can also ‘sell’ that energy back to the grid for others to use.

This could represent no fuel costs for the customer – just free power for their EV.

Nissan has developed a number of innovative projects to deliver advanced energy solutions. These include Nissan Energy Solar, announced in the UK in January. Traditionally, solar energy has been used to power home appliances during the day but has lacked energy storage capability.


Nissan LEAFs and e-NV200 at V2G station in the UK

Households signed up for Nissan Energy Solar can collect and store excess energy from their solar panels and use it during the night to charge their Nissan EV. The result is fully renewable, low-cost energy for customers.

In France, Nissan and its new energy partner OKWind have launched a new energy storage solution for businesses. It’s adapted specifically to rural areas. Today, OKWind’s solar system is cutting the cost of electricity by 40%. However, when combined with an energy storage system for business, it will allow farmers to use green energy and be self-sufficient for up to 75% of their needs. This will expand further in France and into other markets.

In the UK, Nissan is supporting two large-scale V2G projects for private and fleet customers. They are co-funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), in partnership with Innovate UK.

The project will see 2,000 V2G units installed to create a cleaner and more efficient national energy network.”

Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, commented:

“We’re on a mission to break down every barrier to EV ownership. This exciting partnership with E.ON is another step on that journey. Our goal is for Nissan to be recognised as the go-to automotive partner for energy services, with the ultimate ambition to provide free electricity for our EV customers.”

Dr Karsten Wildberger, chief operating officer of E.ON, commented:

“The partnership between Nissan and E.ON is driven by the common spirit of offering customers even more comfort and service. We are also speeding up the development of electric mobility in the world of tomorrow through ambitious initiatives.”

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Where did that photo come from? That looks to be a gigantic Level 1 charger.

UK regular voltage is 240V, hence there is no level 1 in the UK, there is only level 2 and DC.
The second photo appears to be the Warwick University V2G stations.

I was really fascinated about V2G until I realizes that long term, having a dedicated energy storage at home is far cheaper than V2G, unless you lease your EV. Replacing batteries an EV’s is an expensive process as opposed to a dedicated battery in the house. I don’t know if the financial benefits provided from V2G ever offset the wear and tear on a car’s battery.

Wasn’t Nissan offering battery replacements in Japan for $2700? That is not that expensive at all. As for wear and tear that will depend on how well the battery is engineered. I would do this with a Tesla just to see how far that battery can withstand the stress.

They were refurbished batteries which was a process of removing the dead cells and keeping anything that was still functioning. The replacement cells themselves weren’t new either.

V2Home is the way forward. Solar and batteries optimized for 90% of need and then your car as backup for the 10% or less days when a lack of power is available. This way you can just cut out the grid and pay nothing to utility.

V2G will remain a dream until new battery chemistry will truly allow to multiply the number of full charges & discharge cycles, before the battery wears retaining <80% of its original capacity, or larger batteries will free some cycles for same millage. Problem is Nissan is in the worst place today to push this, having the smallest batteries AND the smallest charge rates and less cycles than their key EV competition. So this is just Marketing HYPE for me as of today. Not mentioning the GRID in Europe not being any closed to cope with V2G seriously, in the large cities where most EVs are being bought at accelerated rates. Today Best In Class Tesla EVs prevent any level of V2G in order to preserve its World-Class 8 Years unlimited millage warranty on its EV Cars batteries. But as their Battery size increases less cycles will be required to run the same mileage, hence that saving could be used either to charge at faster C rates, reducing number of cycles, or burn the excess cycles for V2G. Simple trade off. For ex Tesla Roadster2 monster 200KwH battery assuming # same cycles-capable chemistry as today in my current Model X 100D… Read more »

Depending on the utility provider the cost per kW at peak vs low rates can be 100%. However the cost differential of electricity is too low to offset the cost of the V2G equipment. Let’s assume the difference between peak and low rates are 10 cents, you have a 20kW battery and you loose 20% of the electricity (inverting, charging, discharging, inverting).
If we now assume the equipment is 1000 bucks that will take you about 17 years to pay the investment back. Longer than the average life of a car.
However – if it is a 40kW battery it will become 8.5 years. If the V2G equipment replaces the 500 bucks charger, same 8.5 years. If both applies it comes down to 4.3 years….