Bidirectional charging is now officially available for the Nissan Leaf
Nissan has certified the first bidirectional charging system in the United States for use with its all-electric Leaf car. Fermata Energy’s FE-15 charger, which can power houses using the EV’s battery, charge it, and transfer stored energy back to the grid, is the first of its type to get UL 9741 certification for bidirectional charging systems.
Nissan claimed in 2012 that their perhaps soon-to-be-discontinued EV will someday distribute its stored battery power back to your house or the grid during peak hours or in emergencies. Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), and Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) are all terms that may be used interchangeably to describe a system that converts EVs to backup power stations.
Other manufacturers provide bidirectional charging options, such as Ford’s Intelligent Backup Power function for its all-electric F-150 Lightning truck. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 and 6 V2L also have a feature that makes them excellent camping companions. Tesla, on the other hand, is skeptical of the notion, instead promoting its specialized PowerWall battery backup system, which it expands to the size of virtual power plants.
The answer is simple for Nissan and Fermata. Fermata Energy CEO David Slutzky said in a news release that Leaf owners may “generate extra value from the electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery” and that the charger can assist decrease the EV’s total cost of ownership by allowing the building to draw energy from it during peak periods. According to Slutzky, it might also assist decrease stress on the electricity system, which, although not now a problem, could become one in the future unless utilities and grid operators make the necessary expenditures.
The FE-15 bidirectional charger is certified for use with any model year 2013 and newer Nissan Leafs, and the manufacturer claims that battery warranties will not be impacted. To take advantage of bidirectional charging, the Leaf must have a quick-charging CHAdeMO port, which is not always standard. Notably, the 2013 Leaf got a more resilient but comparable capacity 24kWh battery than the 2012 model, and although prior versions did offer the option for quick charging, Nissan may not want to be held liable for the batteries’ rapidly deteriorating condition.
Those interested in the FE-15 charger may get in touch with the firm through their website. However, Fermata Energy isn’t Nissan’s only product in the works; the carmaker is also collaborating with another firm named Dcbel to develop a home-specific bidirectional charging system.