EDF Group has signed a cooperation agreement with carmaker Nissan to accelerate the delivery of electric mobility across the UK, France, Belgium and Italy.
The agreement focuses mainly on developing vehicle-to-grid smart charging solutions by bringing together technologies developed and mastered by both companies.
As part of the deal, Nissan will be responsible for the sale of V2G-compatible electric vehicles, while EDF will take charge of V2G charging solutions and related services.
Yannick Duport, EDF group electric mobility director, said: “We are convinced that the development of electric mobility will be supported by partnerships. 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.”
The agreement follows a previous partnership between EDF Energy and Nissan signed last year, which centred on collaborations around e-mobility, smart charging, second-life battery use, energy storage and renewable energy.
EDF is already in the e-mobility space via Izivia, a wholly-owned subsidiary specialising in charging infrastructure, and Dreev, a newly-launched EDF-NUVVE joint venture which focuses on V2G commercial solutions.
Béatrice Bigois, Managing Director for Customers at EDF Energy, added: “Our customers are looking to us to help them transition to electric vehicles, and smart charging technologies are crucial to this journey. By combining our expertise with Nissan, we are able to work together to make low-carbon transport a reality for businesses today and for wider society in the near future. Our ability to offer our customers solutions that will help them to invest in electric vehicles and start to realise the financial and environmental benefits they bring is achievable through partnerships such as this.”
Francisco Carranza, managing director for Nissan Energy in Europe, said the EDF partnership “is another sign that our vision of an electric ecosystem is becoming a reality”.
He said businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits and opportunities offered by EVs and added that “adding a V2G solution is a logical next step for managing their energy supply and opening new revenue opportunities”.
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