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Nissan and EDF smart charging partnership to cut fleet EV costs

Nissan and EDF have signed a new EV partnership that will support fleets’ migration to electric mobility by reducing the total cost of ownership.

The partnership between Nissan and EDF will cover the UK, France, Belgium and Italy, and is expected to accelerate fleet EV take-up

The deal – which builds on the firms’ existing collaboration – will see them offer a new package that combines electric vehicles supplied by Nissan with vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging solutions and services developed by EDF.

The partnership, which covers the UK, France, Belgium and Italy, will enable fleets to generate extra revenue by plugging in unused vehicles to supply power to the grid, thereby also helping to balance out demand.

As such, it’s expected the partnership will help accelerate fleet take-up of EVs through reduced costs of operation.

Francisco Carranza, managing director for Nissan Energy in Europe, said: “This new partnership with EDF across four major European markets is another sign that our vision of an electric ecosystem is becoming a reality. Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits and opportunities offered by the Nissan Leaf and e-NV200, and adding a V2G solution is a logical next step for managing their energy supply and opening new revenue opportunities.”

The scheme’s roll-out to cover private drivers is also planned for the future, helping to provide an extra incentive for consumers to make the switch to EVs.

The agreement builds on last year’s deal between the two organisations to collaborate around the development of shared offerings in the areas of electric mobility, smart charging, second-life battery use, energy storage and renewable energy sources.

Yannick Duport, EDF Group electric mobility director, said: “The cooperation agreement is fully in line with the Electric Mobility Plan launched last October. We are convinced that the development of electric mobility will be supported by partnerships. I am very pleased to count among them the cooperation agreement that Nissan and EDF have just signed to develop smart charging solutions. So, EDF is building an ecosystem of innovative players by forming strategic partnerships for the large-scale roll-out of the best technologies to support our customers.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.