Nissan Leaf Can Now Power Your Office Building

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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