Nissan tests vehicle-to-grid (V2G) concept in Italy

The first “vehicle to grid” (V2G) electric car recharging facilities have arrived in Italy. Thanks to an agreement signed between Enel Energia, Nissan Italia and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), a pilot corporate electric car sharing project has started with V2G chargers at the IIT headquarters in Genoa, Italy.

V2G technology allows electric cars to be considered as real “batteries on wheels,” able to store unused power and discharge it to the grid. All these functions are available thanks to bidirectional charge management.

The columns installed at the IIT will, for the moment, work unidirectionally for recharging and will be the subject of a pilot development project with IIT, pending the definition of the regulatory framework for V2G in Italy.

Along with Nissan, Enel has launched in Denmark the first fully commercial V2G hub worldwide, at the Danish utility Frederiksberg Forsyning, which has also bought 10 Nissan e-NV200 zero emission vans and where 10 V2G chargers are installed. Recently, 17 additional chargers have been installed across Denmark. When the vehicles are stationary, the car batteries inject power into the network, helping to stabilize it and offering grid balancing services to Transmission System Operator, in return for remuneration.

Similar activities already exist in the UK, with nine V2G chargers installed at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and one at Newcastle University

Source: Nissan EU