Earn money with your electric car? It is possible thanks to the Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is a fairly widespread electric car in Europe. Also in the US, and it’s one of the few cars that has two-way charging. Nissan announces the possibility of connecting the car to the electricity grid in order to sell the power from its battery at a high price.

Nissan Leaf V2G

Two-way charging is increasingly present in electric vehicles, including the Kia EV6, MG5 and Ford F-150 Lightning pickup. This technology makes it possible to use the electric vehicle’s traction (lithium) battery to power a device, such as a computer, a toaster or a tool. But V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology goes even further, as it returns electricity directly to the grid.

A two-way charging station

In France, the Nissan Leaf is the only electric car still on sale that is compatible with this technology, as can be seen on the website of Izivia, EDF’s subsidiary. In practice, it is sufficient to install a special charging station, equipped with V2G compatibility. Thus, the one proposed by Izivia hasan output of 11 kW. This means that the battery can be charged and discharged by this effect. Enough to to supply a house that operates exclusively with electrical energy.

Nissan Leaf

However, this functionality is a priori reserved for professionals, at least in Europe. In fact, V2G has just arrived in the US, again through the Nissan Leaf. As we learn from the press release from the Japanese manufacturer, the Nissan Leaf will allow energy to be sent back to the grid across the Atlantic thanks to a local partner that has developed a two-way charging station foran output of 14 kW.

Earn money with your electric car? Is it possible !

In the US, electricity network managers (equivalent to RTE in France) can send energy requests to individuals and professionals in cases of high consumption, such as during heat waves or winter episodes. The goal is toencourage the energy from batteries and solar panels to be sent to the gridin return for attractive compensation.

The American media Electrek take the example of the summer heat wave, where 1 kWh of energy was bought for $3 on the wholesale market in real time. Towards under 20 øre in normal times. Enough to send the equivalent of $186 to drain the 63 kWh battery while it takes just under $13 to recharge it during normal times.

This means that it was possible to charge the battery in a Nissan Leaf before the event, and then sell this energy at peak consumption for more than 10 times more. In France, EDF does not buy energy so expensively. But if you recharge at an empty terminal and then sell the energy on to EDF, it can work.

Support and management of the electrical network

But in reality, the goal of V2G is not to make money, but rather to help the grid cope with periods of peak load. Furthermore, in its various energy scenarios, RTE relies heavily on V2G to relieve the network and thus store the energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines. This is called controlling the power generation.

And that’s exactly what Tesla and Nio are doing with their virtual power plants. The idea is to use batteries from solar panels and electric cars to power the power grid.

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