By Michael Elkins
Nissan (OTC:), along with vehicle-to-grid services provider, Fermata Energy released the first ever bi-directional charger for use with the Nissan LEAF in the U.S.
Bi-directional charging technology allows for charging the Nissan LEAF, but also sending energy stored in the vehicle battery back to the building or the grid. The Nissan LEAF is currently the only fully electric passenger vehicle in the U.S. market able to supply energy to the grid, allowing LEAF owners with the Fermata Energy FE-15 bi-directional charger to park their vehicle, plug it in, and save money with their local electric utility as well as reduce the total cost of ownership of the vehicle.
The bi-directional charger works by continuously monitoring the building’s electrical loads and gives the ability to draw energy from the vehicle to provide power to the building during more expensive high-demand time periods.
This new charger is part of the company’s Ambition 2030 initiative. A long-term vision for “empowering mobility and beyond for a cleaner, safer and more inclusive world.”
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