Nissan introduces Latin America’s first bidirectional EV charger

Nissan’s vehicle to grid system can charge the Leaf and the vehicle’s battery can feed the energy back into the grid.

Autocar Pro News Desk By Autocar Pro News Desk calendar 10 Jul 2019 Views icon15500 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

The 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF is playing a key role in Latin America's first bidirectional vehicle charging system, launched in Chile in cooperation between ENEL X, the Energy Sustainability Agency and Nissan.

Installed at the Energy Sustainability Agency's offices in Santiago, the Vehicle-to-Grid system makes it possible to not only charge electric vehicles; the vehicles can also feed energy from their batteries back into the office's electrical system, serving as an auxiliary power source when demand is high. In addition to the LEAF, the project also makes use of a 3-kilowatt solar panel.

Implemented under the framework of the Public-Private Agreement to Promote Electromobility, signed last year in Chile, the project marks a milestone in the country's development of electric mobility.

"For the first time in Latin America, the Energy Sustainability Agency's innovative project enables measurement of the bidirectional flow between the electric vehicle's battery and the system's storage unit," said Francisco Medina, electric vehicle manager at Nissan Chile. "During peak hours, when energy costs are higher, the vehicle will contribute as a source of power. The new Nissan LEAF is the only electric car with V2G technology, and we're proud to be part of this important initiative."

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