It’s not just an electric car, it’s a power station – that’s the message from Germany where the latest version of Nissan’s Leaf has just been officially approved as a power plant for the German energy market, using vehicle-to-grid technology.
Energy supplier Enervie, transmission system operator Amprion, and Nissan worked together to qualify the Leaf for all the German TSO regulatory requirements for primary power regulation.
What this mean is electric cars like the Leaf can be used to help stabilise the grid and smooth out power delivery which can be a problem for power companies using renewables with their fluctuating power delivery.
The TSO tick means the Leaf can be integrated as a regulating reserve for the German electricity grid.
Nissan hails the test success as a breakthrough in the establishment of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology which will shape the way we all generate and receive electricity.
Germany is on the road to decentralised energy generation from renewable sources and that means new and innovative solutions for stabilising the electricity grid are needed.
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Tony Bosworth writes for www.TheDriven.io and RenewEconomy.com.au. He has 35 years experience in journalism, and has been instrumental in launching and editing several automotive magazines including Which Car? magazine in the UK.