Applications from prospective participants for the i-rEzEPT project – “intelligent regenerative electric vehicles for maximizing own power and participating in the primary power balancing market” (“intelligente rückspeisfähige Elektrofahrzeuge zur Eigenstrommaximierung und Primärregelleistungsmarkt-Teilnahme”) – can be submitted until 7 November 2019.

The project gives 15 participants the opportunity to test the Nissan Leaf for one year at a monthly fee of 100 euros. A bidirectional charging station and an “energy management controller” from Bosch Software Innovations are also provided. The charging station needn’t be returned after the end of the 12 months.

The vehicle and a bidirectional charging station are to be operated under real conditions in detached houses with the help of “Vehicle-To-Grid” technology. With the help of intelligent hardware and software, the Nissan Leaf will either feed electricity from the car battery back into the household grid or into the power grid in order to participate in the electricity market.

The “i-rEzEPT” project is being supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with funds totalling €2,391,517 within the scope of the Local Electric Mobility Funding Directive (Förderrichtlinie Elektromobilität vor Ort). A project consortium consisting of Nissan Center Europe GmbH, Fraunhofer Institute for the Advancement of Applied Research e.V. and Bosch Software Innovations GmbH, has set itself the goal of cutting the cost disadvantage of electric vehicles compared to conventional vehicles by introducing new business models. At its core: electric vehicles and charging stations that can feed back electricity, participate in the primary power balancing market, maximize the degree of self-sufficiency of neighbourhoods and energy-efficient individual properties, and are able to achieve sector coupling between mobility, electricity, and heat in an innovative and particularly far-reaching model.

More information, conditions of participation and registration (in German) at: