Joint Effort Brings Electric Mobility to Italy
By working together, Nissan Italia, Enel Energia and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) are bringing electric mobility to Italy in the form of “a pilot corporate electric car sharing project.”
According to Nissan, the first “vehicle to grid” (V2G) electric car recharging facilities have put down plugs in Genoa, Italy, at IIT headquarters.
“V2G technology allows electric cars to be considered as real ‘batteries on wheels,’ able to store unused power and discharge it to the grid. All these functions are available thanks to bidirectional charge management,” reports Nissan. “The columns installed at the IIT will, for the moment, work unidirectionally for recharging and will be the subject of a pilot development project with IIT, pending the definition of the regulatory framework for V2G in Italy.”
For the car sharing portion of this project, Nissan is sharing two Nissan LEAFs, its fully electric model, and an App Management Platform called Glide; Enel Energia has taken responsibility for installing two V2G charging stations at IIT in Genoa.
“Today, we consider a car as a battery on wheels,” said Ernesto Ciorra, Enel’s head of Innovation and Sustainability. “V2G can improve the electric sector’s performance as well as create value for electric vehicle owners in line with Enel’s vision of innovation, while contributing to improved climate conditions. In the light of our ‘Open Innovation’ approach, Enel has also signed an agreement with IIT for the development of innovative technologies and solutions in the field of energy efficiency, renewable sources and distributed generation – an important part of the search for new sustainable energy alternatives.”
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The United Kingdom is home to a similar project; nine V2G chargers are already in use at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield and one has been installed at Newcastle University.
“We continue to fully commit to the development of intelligent mobility that is sustainable, safe and connected,” said Bruno Mattucci, managing director of Nissan Italia. “In this direction, the launch in Italy of MOV-E, the first Nissan corporate electric car sharing project, has been launched by the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, one of the world’s leading technological centers of excellence. This is a zero-emission mobility solution with a dedicated platform on App, capable of exchanging energy between the car and the power grid by integrating Vehicle-to-Grid technology developed by Nissan and Enel.”
News Source: Nissan