Nissan is currently testing its new “Vehicle-to-Building” technology, which allows up to six Nissan Leaf electric vehicles to be connected to and provide electricity to a building’s power distribution board.
The successful early field tests saw the Leafs providing power to the building during peak hours, when electricity is most expensive. Meanwhile, when electricity is cheaper, the power flows the other way, ensuring that all six Leafs are fully charged for their owners at the end of the work day.
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Since July, the Japanese automaker has been testing its “Vehicle-to-Building” tech at the Nissan Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City, Japan. During peak summer periods, the building saw a reduction of 25.6 KW, which calculates to approximately 2.5 percent in savings – nearly $5,000 a year.
The company will continue testing the technology, which will undoubtedly also benefit Nissan’s “Leaf-to-Home” system. Those power units provide an uninterrupted flow of electricity stored in the Leaf’s high-capacity batteries to residential homes.
The Leaf is currently the world’s best-selling electric vehicle in history at over 87,000 units.
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