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DfT announces £70m boost for grid upgrades

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said that the funding will cover some of the costs of upgrading the electricity grid at 10 motorway service areas to help ensure that ultra-rapid chargers will not have a long wait to connect to the grid due to capacity restraints.

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Fleets entering tougher period of electrification

When it comes to electrification, so far fleets have largely been picking low hanging fruit in large quantities. That means switching company car drivers with space for their own off-road chargers into EVs, with very low personal taxation as a considerable carrot.

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Cheaper fuel tops motorists’ Christmas wish list

Paul Burgess, Chief Executive at Startline Motor Finance, says this Christmas, it is clear that the cost of living crisis will continue to have a very real impact on the UK’s motorists, and the gift they would most like to receive is for their car to simply cost less to run.

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Long term test – Suzuki Across PHEV

Well, you’ve probably seen the Suzuki Across on the site a few weeks ago and our review stated that it ticks many of my boxes – so many in fact that we have the car back for a longer look and we’ll be updated our view as we go along.

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Are you ready to ‘Go Electric’ with Greenarc?

Greenarc Vehicles offers a unique fully managed company car scheme designed to alleviate the complexities of fleet management and support you and your drivers on the transition to electric vehicles. Whether you are a small business with a handful of vehicles, an SME seeking to establish and oversee a company car scheme, or a company interested in implementing an electric vehicle (EV)

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Fleets fuel market but only four weeks left to fix EV trade challenge

Of the 24,359 new BEVs reaching the road in November, 77.4% were taken on by fleets and businesses. While overall BEV volumes fell by -17.1%, leading to a reduced market share of 15.6%, last November was atypical with significant deliveries following supply chain disruptions. Year to date, BEV uptake is up 27.5% with a 16.3% market share – expected to rise to 22.3% next year.

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Leasys and Octopus partner on charging points

Leasys is specialised in multi-brand operational leasing and innovative mobility solutions and Octopus makes public charging simple by offering a slick and easy charging experience through its award-winning electric vehicle (EV) public charging platform – Octopus Electroverse. The partnership will provide customers with the best mobility experience.

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Unsure if you are ULEZ complaint? Ensure these basic checks 

To circulate free of charge within the ULEZ boundaries, your vehicle needs to meet specific emission requirements. If it doesn’t, you’ll be charged a daily fee of £12.50, which in the long run can have a costly impact on your pockets. Bear in mind that, if you enter the zone without paying, you’ll receive a fine of £180 – which drops to £90 if the penalty is covered within 14 days. 

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Octopus EV speeds past £1 billion electric car funding

Funds from this deal will play a pivotal role in financing Octopus’ flagship EV salary sacrifice programme. Launched in 2021, this scheme empowers drivers to save 30-40% each month on a brand new electric vehicle. Octopus offers an easy all-in-one service, providing the brand new car, charger and discounted energy tariff.

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Managing the move to an EV fleet

Moving from the tried-and-trusted fuel card to an integrated software solution encompassing energy, vehicles, chargers and operations, and potentially micro-grid solutions, is significant. It’s a radical change in the role of a fleet manager who will still be managing vehicles, drivers and journeys, but now doing so within the parameters of energy supply and charging schedules.

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Is salary sacrifice a risk management blindspot?

As the sal sac fleet expands quickly, you could lose control of it. Employees choosing sal sac might have come out of private cars, and so this is their first experience of a leased vehicle, and the particular demands of looking after that,” said Goldin. Risk management applies to salary sacrifice as much as to conventional company cars: employees that don’t look after their cars, cost a lot in repairs and servicing will result in the employer paying more for insurance and the provider upping maintenance package charges over time.

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Europcar increases electric miles for delivery and collection

The business is focused on dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and an important part of the strategy is to increase the proportion of electric vehicles on its fleet. By year end, 12% of the Europcar UK fleet will be electric and plug-in hybrid. It has also transformed vehicle usage for its Delivery & Collection service.

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Parts availability and technician shortages improving in 2023

r2c’s figures, based on more than 30,000 records across accident damage and unscheduled repairs, show that there has been a general improvement across the board when it comes to delays as a result of parts availability and shortage of labour – two issues that have plagued the SMR sector for the past few years.

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Born identity – Cupra Born 58kWh 230PS e-Boost:

The Born is the Cupra brand’s first electric car and is based on the Volkswagen Group MEB platform so it is closely related to the VW-badged ID.3 and although they share many mechanical and electrical components the Cupra Born has very much its own, ahem, identity.

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Committee aims to break down barriers in fleet workplace

The Diversity and Leadership Committee’s aims include creating guidance and promoting best practice for AFP members and the wider fleet community, providing a safe space to explore difficult topics, shaping future training within the AFP Fleet Academy, and engaging with a diverse group of individuals and businesses in fleet to develop understanding.

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BMW Group UK enhances Roadside Assistance fleet upgrade

The new advanced vans replace an existing fleet of support cars and are better equipped to handle a wider range of roadside issues efficiently. The increased storage capabilities for spare parts, including emergency spare wheels, significantly increases the likelihood of completing repairs on the roadside. All vans have been equipped with the latest remote diagnosis systems, meaning that before arriving on location, technicians can where possible obtain the necessary spare parts to complete the repair.

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Ogilvie Fleet Joins the National Body Repair Association

Offering more than just the provision of courtesy cars to the repair sector, Ogilvie will provide its full range of car and van leasing and fleet management products to NBRA member businesses of all sizes. This one-stop-shop of mobility service provision gives access to the full range of Ogilvie Fleet’s award-winning services, accessible via a single point of contact.

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Autumn Statement – a deeper dive

Making the full expensing capital allowance tax scheme, introduced in the last Budget, permanent certainly comes as welcome news, helping to support many fleets’ bottom line, along with the transition to e-mobility. However, it is only cash-rich business with access to capital that benefit. Failing to extend the scheme to the leasing and rental sectors continues to prove a missed opportunity to support the wider fleet industry

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