The Nissan Leaf can now officially power homes using bidirectional charging

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Fermata Energy’s FE-15 bi-directional charger in a industrial use case. | Image: Nissan

Nissan has approved the first bidirectional charging system to be used with its all-electric Leaf automobile within the US. The FE-15 charger by Fermata Energy, which can power homes using the EV’s battery, cost it, and ship saved power again to the grid, is the primary system of its variety to earn UL 9741 certification for bidirectional charging options.

Back in 2012, Nissan promised its possibly soon-to-be-discontinued EV would ultimately share its saved battery power again to your house or the grid throughout peak hours and even in emergencies. This expertise is broadly generally known as Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L), which all can be used interchangeably to explain a system that converts EVs to a backup power station.

Other automakers even have bidirectional charging options as effectively, together with Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power feature out there for its all-electric F-150 Lightning truck. There’s additionally the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6 V2L function that can make them nice tenting companions. Tesla, then again, is bearish about the idea, pushing as an alternative its devoted PowerWall battery backup answer — the identical one which it scales to the size of digital power crops.

For Nissan and Fermata, the answer is simple. In a press release, Fermata Energy CEO David Slutzky stated that the Leaf house owners can “create extra worth from the power saved within the automobile’s battery” and that the charger can assist cut back the EV’s complete value of possession by letting the constructing pull power from it at peak instances. Slutzky says it may additionally assist cut back stress on the power grid, an issue that, whereas it doesn’t exist proper now, could possibly be a problem sooner or later except utilities and grid operators make the best investments.

All mannequin 12 months 2013 and newer Nissan Leafs are authorized to be used with the FE-15 bidirectional charger, and the automaker states that battery warranties won’t be affected. You’ll must have a quick-charging CHAdeMO port on the Leaf to reap the benefits of bidirectional charging, which typically didn’t come customary. Notably, the 2013 mannequin of the Leaf obtained a extra sturdy however comparable capability 24kWh battery than the 2012 mannequin, and though earlier fashions did have an choice for quick charging, Nissan may not wish to be accountable for the batteries’ well being quickly depleting.

Those within the FE-15 charger can contact the company through their website. Fermata Energy isn’t the one product in Nissan’s sight, although — the automaker can be working with one other firm known as Dcbel that’s making a home-specific bidirectional charging answer.


Image: Dcbel
Dcbel’s r16 bi-directional charger is particularly designed for homes.

It’s superb to see the CHAdeMO charging customary instantly having a final hurrah. The port is slowly disappearing at varied charging stations as CCS Combo has taken over. A brand new function like that is nice to see and an incredible story so as to add to the Leaf’s legacy.


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