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Round-Up: V2G could save drivers £300 a year, Jaama moves into new office, Amberon Group saves using Lightfoot

V2G could save drivers £300 a year


Company car drivers could save £300 a year if they use Vehicle-to-Grid technology, which stores and shares electricity in an EV’s battery.

The study – conducted by The University of Salford, Good Energy, Upside Energy and Honda Motor Europe – was designed to examine the value of V2G technology, where an electric vehicle is used alongside a special charger and other home systems: battery storage, solar panels, a smart hot water tank, and heat pumps.

The report concluded that the Government “has a clear role to support V2G units and make the leap from prototype to a reality”, but added the right level of investment and support could allow the technology to play a major role in the transition to net-zero emissions.

Juliet Davenport, CEO and founder of Good Energy, said: “We must take a distributive ‘whole systems’ approach to tackling the climate emergency. That is why vehicle to grid is so exciting — it is the missing link between electrification of transport and decarbonisation of our grid and our homes. V2G is where solar power was 10 years ago – the technology exists but it requires innovation, investment and joined up thinking. With the right policy support it could become another clean technology British success story.”

Jaama moves into new office

Jamma managing director Martin Evans (front row, second from left) with colleagues outside the company's new offices

Leasing company Jaama has moved into expanded offices as part of its expansion plans.

Remaining on the same Tamworth business park where Jaama originated, the resulting departmental reorganisation means that the existing offices accommodates five departments: Sales and marketing, system implementation, project support, HR and accounts, the company said.

Martin Evans, managing director of Jaama, said: “The company is not only firmly focused on continually enhancing Key2 to ensure it remains industry-leading, but critically it is also vital to continually invest in our facilities.”

Amberon Group saves using Lightfoot

John Welch Photo 4

Traffic management provider Amberon Group has seen a 10% fall in its fuel bills, a 45% reduction in accidents, and an associated drop in severity of accidents following the installation of Lightfoot’s telematics system across its fleet of 800 commercial vehicles and company cars.

Lightfoot said its in-cab driver feedback and accompanying driver rewards platform helps drivers achieve greater efficiency from their vehicles, while reducing harmful emissions by up to 20%, at fault accidents by up to 40% and wear and tear costs by 45%.

“Lightfoot has given our drivers a badge to prove they are professional drivers. Their mindset has changed completely. Now, we have healthy competition. All our drivers have smartphones and compare their scores on the Lightfoot app and, as a result, accidents ratios have almost halved. Accidents are also less severe and, as long as we sustain these changes, our insurers have told us that we can expect a reduction in our premiums,” said Amberon Group Transport Manager, John Welch.