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Nissan uses electric vehicles to fuel power grids

Automaker teams with Mitsui and others to integrate EVs into energy infrastructure

Electricity from parked Nissan EVs helped power facilities at the 2020 Sanriku Fireworks Festival in Iwate Prefecture.

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor wants to get more than just miles out of its electric vehicles. The Japanese automaker also wants to plug its cars into the power grid, making use of vehicle batteries to provide clean electricity to towns when not on the road.

In collaboration with other businesses and local governments, Nissan has begun testing a "virtual power plant" project to aggregate EV batteries as a single power source. The project also includes 100 partnerships with local governments and other entities to promote EVs as backup power sources during disasters.

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