Nissan LEAF feeds power to Germany electricity grid

By CARSIFU | 26 October 2018

MUNICH: The Nissan LEAF electric car can feed power into the German electricity grid - a breakthrough in the establishment of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology in Germany.

Electric cars such as the LEAF have integrated bidirectional charging technology.

With its CHAdeMO charging connector, the LEAF is able not only to extract power from the grid and store it in its traction battery, but, if necessary, also to feed power back. This is called the V2G concept.

The bidirectional chargeability of Nissan's electric car is the foundation for its integration in a pilot project at a ENERVIE site in Hagen, Germany.

Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF

Project partners Nissan, technology company The Mobility House, energy supplier ENERVIE, transmission system operator Amprion have succeeded in qualifying the LEAF for all the TSO regulatory requirements for primary power regulation.

The TSO has defined the technical and regulatory requirements for pre-qualifying a mobile battery storage unit for the market for primary regulation.

"We are proud to be the first in Germany to prequalify an electric car for primary regulation," explains Andreas Walczuch, head of system services and energy market at Amprion.

"We strongly believe in an emission-free future," says Guillaume Pelletreau, vice president and managing director, Nissan Center Europe. "Accordingly, we are also very proud that the LEAF has, as the first electric car ever, been approved as suitable for stabilising grid frequencies. LEAF batteries could make an important contribution to energy transition in Germany and a sustainable future."

Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF