About Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

Fuel shortage exposes shift in EV usage

By |2021-10-13T10:19:49+01:00October 12th, 2021|EV market background, EV News, Industry Intelligence, News|

Shortages of petrol and diesel at fuel stations have not solely been down to problems with supply, but part of an ongoing shift in patterns of usage. The number of petrol stations in the UK has fallen by nearly a quarter in the past years according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Venson helps fleet managers execute a switch to electric 

By |2021-10-12T09:53:08+01:00October 12th, 2021|Electric Vehicles, News|

One challenge can be convincing decision-makers and office managers to give the green light to installing charging points in the workplace. Fleet managers need to be sure they understand and can demonstrate the business benefit, such as reducing the tax burden, Class 1A National Insurance contributions and Car Fuel Benefit charges.

White paper highlights the new challenges faced by fleet managers 

By |2021-10-08T09:14:47+01:00October 11th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

Improving fleet utilisation was cited as one of the top three priorities in the next 12 months for more than half of the UK fleet managers surveyed.  And whilst making efficient and cost-effective use of a fleet has always been an important part of the fleet manager’s role, the past 18 months has shone a spotlight on the challenges and inflexibilities many fleets face.  

First public trial of wireless EV charging technology

By |2021-10-08T09:53:23+01:00October 8th, 2021|Electric Vehicles, Industry Intelligence, News|

Trial of char.gy’s wireless induction pad, the first of its kind available to the general public in the UK, is a collaborative effort, between Buckinghamshire Council, Milton Keynes Council, London Borough of Redbridge, the University of Warwick, the Open University, IPT Technology, and additional support from hiyacar. With funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK. 

Fuel crisis latest – and how to manage your fleet

By |2021-10-08T09:34:06+01:00October 8th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

Petrol Retailers Association said it's latest survey this week showed 12% of filling stations in London and the South East are still dry, while 17% have just one grade of fuel. While 71% of filling stations in this region have both grades, compared to 90 per cent outside London and the South East.

Long term update – Ford Tourneo Active end of term report

By |2021-10-07T14:52:55+01:00October 7th, 2021|Car news and reviews, News|

As much as the Tourneo's size is its strength, it's also its weakness when it comes to those tight country lanes and even tighter village roads. This is a big beast to handle and it's size and weight do have an effect on fuel economy with a return of 31.4mpg rising to 39.5mpg in a long motorway run. Load carrying, though, is where the Tourneo scores, be it people or cargo. There's plenty of room for all the weekend-away paraphernalia, although if you are fully laden with people - all eight of them - you would struggle to fit the suitcases in.

Rolls-Royce to launch its first EV in 2030

By |2021-09-30T12:09:42+01:00September 30th, 2021|Car news and reviews, Industry Intelligence, News|

Chief Executive Officer, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, described the announcement as the "most significant day in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 4th May, 1904" when founding fathers, Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, first met and agreed that they were going to create ‘the best motor car in the world’.

How much does your car know about you?

By |2021-09-30T09:52:36+01:00September 30th, 2021|Industry Intelligence, News|

Taking 15 of the top car manufacturers across the globe, the experts have delved into their privacy policies to reveal which one tells us the most about the data they collect. Being one of the most intelligent cars on the market today, Tesla coming first place is no surprise, as its personalised driving experience needs copious amounts of data to function at full capacity. 

Ineos ramps up network ahead of Grenadier launch

By |2021-09-29T07:17:12+01:00September 29th, 2021|Car news and reviews, Industry Intelligence, News|

Partners range from established vehicle dealers – including former Mitsubishi dealers - to agricultural and commercial vehicle businesses. Starting price when deliveries begin from next summer in the UK will be around £48,000 for the two-seat commercial while five-seat commercial and passenger versions will start from the low £50,000s.

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