Automotive World: Nissan and Enel launch groundbreaking vehicle-to-grid project in the UK

Automotive industry leader Nissan and multinational power company Enel today confirmed plans to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first ever carried out in the UK. The trial will work by installing and connecting one hundred V2G units at locations agreed by private and fleet owners of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric van. By giving Nissan electric vehicle owners the ability to plug their vehicles into the V2G system, owners will […]

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NJ Spotlight: Prototype Electric Vehicle Pumps Power Back Onto the Grid

By: Tom Johnson September 27, 2011 Grid operators could tap into car’s batteries when vehicle is parked and plugged in.   Here’s a novel thought: Instead of draining electricity from the power grid, electric vehicles can become a mobile source of generating power, especially at times of peak demand. It’s a concept that NRG Energy, a Princeton-based company with a growing renewable energy portfolio, and the University of Delaware are […]

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AutoWeek: Electric cars can become electricity banks

Ever try to store electricity? It won’t stay in a bottle, and you can’t keep it in your sock drawer. So when you have a lot of it–say, when it’s windy and your wind turbines are really spinning, or when it’s sunny and your gallium arsenide photovoltaics are lighting up, or at night when the utility’s generators can run unhindered–you have to store it somewhere. But where? How about in […]

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The New York Times: In a Blackout, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota E.V.’s Could Function as Generators

BY Jim Motavalli   Once the province of home hobbyists and a few academics, vehicle-to-grid charging, or V2G, is gaining momentum. When appropriately equipped, a plug-in hybrid or purely electric vehiclecan operate like a generator on wheels, powering a house in a blackout or feeding electricity to the grid. New devices that enable V2G are being developed for the Japanese market by Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota, with the first systems […]

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Investment U: Drive on the Cheap, and Print Money While You’re Parked

BY: David Fessler, Energy & Infrastructure Strategist   “How?” you ask? Simple: with the coming generation of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Now before you prepare your “don’t tell me how to run my life” barbs, let me go on record: I could care less whether or not you buy a BEV. I’m also not interested in your views about global warming, politics, or whether or not you believe Elvis is dead. […]

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Auto Blog: Nissan, Mitsubishi working together on electric vehicle-to-home standards

BY: Eric Loveday Following the quake in Japan, Nissan announced that its goal is not “becoming a [zero-emissions] car provider, but a creator of ZE society by taking a comprehensive ZE approach.” To that end, Nissanunveiled its Leaf-to-home electricity system. And it’s not stopping there. Teaming up with Mitsubishi, Nissan aims to standardize a device that enables electric vehicles to supply power to households. This could be an auspicious partnership, as […]

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Forbs: The Cash-Back Car: Monetizing Electric Vehicles

BY: Erica Gies While the market for electric vehicles is heating up, with waiting lists for both the Nissan Leaf and theChevy Volt and startup companies like Tesla, Arcimoto, and Coda Automotive upping their games, some industry watchers still wonder whether electric vehicles will ever become a significant part of the auto market. But what if you could earn $1,000 a year with your electric vehicle, netting $440 after your fill-up […]

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Venture Beat: The “Cash-back car”: Danish EV owners to sell power back to the grid

BY: CIARA BYRNE US company Nuvve will use Denmark as the first test market for a new technology allowing electric vehicle (EV) owners to sell energy stored in their EV batteries back to the grid. The first pilot will consist of 30 cars. According to Nuvve, individual EV owners could make $10,000 over the lifetime of a vehicle (estimated at 8 years) depending on market price and owner commitment. The EV owner makes the battery […]

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