Renault Arkana – Business Motoring’s top hybrid

By |May 23rd, 2022|

What I particularly liked was the fact that the car switches effortlessly between EV and ICE mode and not necessarily at speeds below 30mph as with many hybrids. EV mode comes into play often when there is a low load on the accelerator while charging off the engine does not come at the expense of fuel economy. Over 350 miles I achieved a return of 57.2mpg.

ChargedEV – helping SMEs on their electrification journey

By |May 18th, 2022|

As a truly independent charging specialist, unallied to any energy supplier or charge-point provider, ChargedEV can offer expert consultancy from the outset, ensuring the right solution for every individual customer. It offers a turnkey solution for business operators, undertaking to manage every aspect of the process from local authority authorisation, groundworks and connection to the local grid supply, to advising on leaseholder agreements, building regulations, installation and maintenance.

Semiconductor shortage yet to bite

By |May 18th, 2022|

Surprising that as many as three out of four fleets report that there has been no impact on their operations. This is, in our view, quite a high figure. The most likely explanation is that it is largely accounted for by either fleets planning further ahead in their vehicle replacement process, or by the contract extensions that were widely undertaken by many businesses during the pandemic when mileage fell dramatically These particular fleets have been unaffected by delayed orders either because they have not been trying to replace vehicles, or have not yet really felt the full impact of the extended lead times.

Fleet electrification starting to prompt switch to leasing for SMEs

By |May 17th, 2022|

Leasing circumvents the problems of upfront costs and provides regular payments over a period of time, plus it also removes any residual value worry. This is an issue because some SMEs perceive that current EVs will be superseded by better models in the medium term. Also, there is a general degree of worry about the shape of the economy and leasing means that businesses can keep more money in the bank for a longer period of time, providing a higher degree of liquidity if problems do arise

Northgate’s mobility solutions keeping you on the road

By |May 17th, 2022|

Trading for more than 40 years with 50,000 strong fleet of vehicles, Northgate Vehicle Hire is a leading mobility solutions provider of light commercial and business vehicles to SME users. With 67 branches and workshops and more than 1,800 employees across the UK. The business has won a string of awards including winning the Best Van Fleet Management award and Highly Commended for Best Long-Term Rental and Best Van Rental at the 2021 Business Van Awards, Northgate continues to put customer service at the heart of its business proposition.

Daily rental companies turning away fleet business for retail

By |May 16th, 2022|

Rental shortages are currently a regular topic of conversation among AFP members, with widespread discussions about the difficulties being faced. It’s a situation that is showing few signs of improvement and may even get worse before it improves. Rental companies – like everyone else – simply can’t access new vehicle supply in the quantities they need.

Genesis chapter 4 – G80 2.2 AWD

By |May 16th, 2022|

The G80 comes is certainly at the luxury end of the saloon market and offers lots of standard features, luxury seating and lots of space. It's up against the likes of the BMW 5 0r 7 series, Audi A8 along with the bigger Mercedes. While the Genesis can match them on looks and equipment, it struggles to compete as an equal when it comes to performance and handling.

Cyber security warning for fleets

By |May 12th, 2022|

Earlier this month Sixt reported it had been the subject of cyber attack. The company, which operates 2,000 locations across 110 countries, managed to act quickly and contain it at an early stage. A recent government survey showed that in the last 12 months, 39% of UK businesses have identified a cyber attack.

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