Northern Powergrid and Nissan join forces

Memorandum of understanding signals start of “ground-breaking industry partnership”

Northern Powergrid has signed a memorandum of understanding with Nissan to look at how electric vehicles (EVs) can support energy networks.

The two organisations will work together to on a range of projects over the next six years, designed to look at how EVs, storage batteries and other new technologies can enhance the capability and resilience of the region’s power network.

Northern Powergrid’s head of trading and innovation, Jim Cardwell said the agreement “signals the start of a ground-breaking industry partnership”, which could “support the creation of smarter, greener energy networks”.

Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, added: “By bringing together our expertise we will help the region – as part of the Northern Powerhouse – play a leading role in exploring innovation and technological advances that could potentially benefit future generations, communities, businesses and industries both in and outside of the UK.”

While Nissan Motor’s (GB) EV manager, Ed Jones, said: “We’ve always known that Nissan’s EV technology can be used for so much more than just getting people from A-to-B and we’re delighted to be sharing our expertise to help create more sustainable energy networks in the UK. Through the integration of Nissan EVs, we can find new solutions that will help shape a society whose energy use is sustainable, efficient and affordable.”