Nissan Provides 13 LEAFs for Vehicle-to-Grid Program
On the same day that Nissan announced that it would be bringing the popular “No Charge to Charge” program to The Windy City, it was announced that the automaker would be teaming with the U.S. Air Force, the California Energy Commission at LA Air Force Base, and the US Department of Defense on an innovative vehicle-to-grid program involving the popular LEAF EV.
The project involves 13 LEAFs being used to direct power to and from the power grid at Los Angeles Air Force Base in order to lower fleet operating costs and, by extension, earning revenue.
“As the global leader in electric vehicle sales, Nissan is researching ways to integrate the all-electric LEAF into homes, buildings and power grids to unlock new value that could provide future benefits to customers, businesses and utility companies alike,” said Toby Perry, director of Marketing for Nissan LEAF. “With projects such as the Los Angeles Air Force Base fleet, Nissan can gather valuable insights to ensure that our vehicles are ready when similar programs are deployed by utilities or other entities on a larger scale.”
Last year, Nissan was involved in a similar experiment in Japan, wherein the automaker used six LEAFs to charge its Advanced Technology Center in Atsugi City in order to cut peak-hour electricity use and test the feasibility of a “LEAF-to-Home” system that would effectively use the EV as a generator in the event of an emergency.