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Gnewt explores commercial opportunities of V2G

30 October 2019 #Logistics #News #TNB News #Van

Gnewt by Menzies Distribution is to trial the use of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to help power its 70-strong fleet.

The trial will explore the commercial opportunity the technology presents through smarter electricity use and the ability for EVs to release energy back to the grid when they are not in use.

Founded 10 years ago, Gnewt is the UK’s largest 100% commercial electric vehicle delivery service and has clocked up more than 10 million all-electric deliveries in London.

Having continually expanded its electric fleet, Gnewt is addressing the way that it charges its vehicles to be even more environmentally friendly and efficient.

Currently, Gnewt has two main depots in East London, with a total of 60 EV interconnected smart chargers.

As its fleet of EVs continues to expand, Gnewt is looking for a scalable solution that enables it to deal with high demand for electricity at peak times.

Using V2G, Gnewt can manage the provision of electricity across its fleet more proactively, charging vehicles at times of low-demand in preparation for busier ones.
Sam Clarke, Founder and Head of Business Development, Gnewt, said, “While EVs are critical for a cleaner future, the intense use of the national grid is something we’re looking to reduce our role in. Through E-Flex, we’re able to sustainably carry on with our day-to-day operations, with charging our fleet becoming a less energy dependent exchange especially at peak times.”

As part of the trial led by Cisco, E-Flex will install bidirectional chargers at Gnewt’s main depot in East London. With V2G infrastructure in place, electricity can be bought and taken from the grid at off-peak times when it is less expensive. It can also be sold and released back to the grid when energy is in high demand and consumption is more expensive.

Maria Hernandez, Head of Innovation, Cisco UK & Ireland, said, “Reducing carbon emissions has never been more of a priority for businesses than it is right now.

“From a commercial standpoint, V2G technology can transform the way urban logistics are powered and is a win-win for fleets and distributors.

“Reaching carbon neutrality is vital for many organisations, but additionally, E-Flex hopes to prove to businesses the commercial viability of a V2G infrastructure, helping to get the most out of fleets across the country.”

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