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Fruit 4 London to participate in pioneering V2G tech trial E-Flex

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Fruit 4 London, a distributor of fresh fruit to offices and residents in the capital, will trial the use of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to power electric vehicles (EVs) within its current fleet.

Fruit 4 London was founded in 2008 and hopes to recoup some money by selling energy back to the grid as part of the Cisco, E-Flex trial

Fruit 4 London was founded in 2008 and hopes to recoup some money by selling energy back to the grid as part of the Cisco, E-Flex trial

The trial, which is part of the broader V2G demonstrator project led by Cisco, E-Flex, will explore the commercial opportunity this technology presents through more efficient use of electricity and the ability for EVs to release energy back into the grid when they are not in use.

With the majority of Fruit 4 London’s orders delivered on a Monday and other weekday mornings to its 800 existing customers, its EVs can spend over half the week out of use. The company therefore hopes to see significant commercial gains from charging and releasing electricity in accordance with demand.

“We’ve always wanted to have complete control over our carbon emissions and it’s equally important to the majority of our customers that we are 100% green,” said Gabor Doroghazi, co-founder and CEO, Fruit 4 London. “Through E-Flex, we’re able to reach our sustainability goals and control our costs more efficiently helping our business scale.”

E-Flex will install bidirectional chargers at Fruit 4 London, which allow the company to schedule charging using fleet monitoring dashboards and buy electricity at cheaper tariffs when there is an efficiency of supply, and similarly sell it back to the grid when energy is in high demand.

“It’s more important than ever before from a commercial and sustainability perspective that companies are actively seeking to minimise their carbon emissions,” said Maria Hernandez, head of innovation Cisco UK & Ireland. “V2G technology has the potential to transform the way urban logistics is powered and is a win-win for fleets and distributors. In addition to helping make the air in UK cities cleaner, E-Flex aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of V2G infrastructure, helping companies maximise the value of their fleets in and out of action.”

E-Flex will connect 200 electric vehicles in a real-world V2G testing environment. If you are a fleet owner and would like to sign up to this trial, sign up here.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.