Round-Up: Nissan, EDF develop V2G tech, Minibuses ‘most likely to be clocked’, VW CV service plans

Nissan and EDF partner to develop V2G technology

LEAF V2G

Nissan and energy giant EDF Energy have signed an agreement to develop vehicle-to-grid technology following a trial in the UK last year.

As part of the agreement, Nissan said it will be responsible for the sale of V2G compatible electric vehicles and EDF Group will be in charge of V2G charging solutions and related services.

Béatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy, said: “Our customers are looking to us to help them transition to electric vehicles and smart charging technologies are crucial to this journey. By combining our expertise with Nissan, we are able to work together to make low-carbon transport a reality for businesses today. Our ability to offer our customers solutions that will help them to invest in electric vehicles and start to realise the financial and environmental benefits they bring is achievable through partnerships such as this.”

Minibuses ‘most likely to be clocked’

minibus

Minibuses have topped the chart of vehicle types most likely to have a mileage anomaly, while orange-coloured cars are top of the car thieves most wanted colours list, according to research by HPI.

According to the car-history checking company, the vehicle types most likely to have a mileage discrepancy are:

  1. Minibus
  2. Luxury cars
  3. Roadsters/cabriolets
  4. Compact executives
  5. Estate cars
  6. Family cars and performance cars/hot hatches
  7. Coupes
  8. 4x4s
  9. Executive cars
  10. Small family cars

And the most stolen vehicle colours flagged following a HPI Check has been conducted are:

  1. Orange
  2. Cream
  3. Pink
  4. White
  5. Yellow
  6. Green
  7. Black
  8. Red/blue
  9. Grey
  10. Gold/silver

Fernando Garcia, consumer director at HPI,  said: Customers must check before they buy to ensure that they are not buying a car that could be a danger to themselves and other motorists. Vehicle checks from HPI also reveal some shocking statistics that can affect the value of a car, including 726 cars found to have mileage discrepancies daily.”

VW CV expands online service plans

VWCV service plans

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a number of online servicing plans.

The company said its new fixed-price service plan offering, which are available for vans up to seven years old, “will help save owners and fleet managers money in the long term and protect against inflation.”

The firm added customers have the option to spread the cost over monthly payments, while it said its Live Chat service has been revamped, with the company claiming that 42% of consumers prefer online chat functions because they don’t have to wait on hold.