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Nissan Leaf is now available with a bidirectional charger.

Nissan Leaf is compatible with the Fermata Energy FE-15 bidirectional charger. Apart from charging the EV, users can also send energy stored in the vehicle battery back to the building or the grid.

Nissan has approved Fermata Energy’s FE-15 bidirectional charger for use with the Nissan LEAF in the US.

The Fermata Energy FE-15 bidirectional charger has passed all the requirements of Nissan and has been verified to be compatible with the Nissan LEAF. According to Nissan, usage of the approved charger will also not impact the Nissan LEAF’s battery warranty.

With the bidirectional charger, users can charge their EVs, as well as send energy stored in the vehicle battery back to the building or the grid.

Using Fermata Energy’s V2X platform, 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 bidirectional 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.

Ideal for companies with fleet vehicles, the Fermata Energy Demand Charge Management application, along with the FE-15 charger, continuously monitors a building’s electrical loads, looking for opportunities to periodically draw on the Nissan LEAF’s energy to provide power to the building during more expensive high-demand periods.

Fermata Energy FE-15 bidirectional chargers are installed at multiple sites across the U.S. In Colorado as part of a vehicle-to-build (V2B) program, the Fermata Energy platform has lowered the electric bills at the Boulder North Recreation Center, saving the city on average $270/month, the approximate cost of leasing a Nissan LEAF in some markets.

David Slutzky, CEO and founder of Fermata Energy, said: We applaud Nissan for their ongoing leadership in delivering new, meaningful technologies to EV owners. V2X bidirectional charging is an important innovation that enables Nissan LEAF owners to create additional value from the energy stored in the vehicle’s battery. That value helps reduce the total cost of ownership of their car while supporting grid resilience. At Fermata Energy, we were the first to receive the UL 9741 certification in the world and are now the first to have Nissan’s approval on a bidirectional charger in the US.

Also Read: Plug and Charge now available for Mercedes plug-in hybrid models.

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