Nissan Leaf: Back-up power for home and office?

Nissan/uYilo to unveil bi-directional charging
⦁ Nissan Leaf tech enables energy for many uses
⦁ Systems suitable for home and commercial

NUZZLING UP: Image: Nissan SA / Quickpic
NUZZLING UP: Nissan Leaf cars at a charging station. Does their future also lie with a mobility programme that can carry power to the home and to commercial applications while saving R18 000 a year on vehicle running costs?  Image: Nissan SA / Quickpic

ROSSLYN, South Africa – Nissan and the uYilo e-Mobility programme are to demonstrate technology that can transfer power stored in electric vehicles to home and commercial applications.

The Nissan Leaf, believed to be the only commercial electric vehicle being used for bi-directional energy transfer, is being used in a uYilo field-test programme to show and develop Nissan’s charging technology in South Africa.

Leaf owners will be able to use their car’s battery for other than merely driving down the road through Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) systems.

GRADUAL GLOBAL INTRODUCTION

Nissan SA’s managing director Mike Whitfield told The Corner in a media release: “The tech is part of Nissan’s lobal ‘Intelligent Mobility’ vision and shows how we can integrate zero-emissions driving with efficient renewable energy systems for domestic and commercial use.”

Heading the South African programme is Hiten Parmar, director of the uYilo e-Mobility Programme hosted by Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University engineering innovation hub, eNtsa.

READ MORE about the uYilo mobility programme.

Parmar explained: “While the electric vehicle supply equipment for this technology is gradually being introduced globally we can use insight in South Africa to develop these value-adding products at a lower cost.”

Whitfield added: “This will have enormous benefit for South African Leaf owners, the auto and energy industries, the whole economy.”

LOCAL VALUE-ADDING IN SCHEDULE

A 2015 study, Nissan reported, showed running an all-electric Leaf for a year in South Africa cost R18 000 – about R1500 a month – less than a similar petrol car over 30 000km.

READ MORE features about the Nissan Leaf

“The agreement with Nissan SA and uYilo extends beyond the LEAF being utilised for field testing and creating awareness,” explains Parmar. “It also provides the opportunity for local value-adding product and services trials, while also facilitating their development.”

uYilo hopes to have a demonstration and testing station by the end of September 2017 and is engaging with Nissan and other global developers and product distributors of a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) system for South Africa.

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