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EVs: Range versus company car acceptance

By |2019-02-07T11:56:29+00:00February 7th, 2019|Electric Vehicles, EV News, News|

A NEW report suggests that fleet managers are actively considering electric vehicles (EVs). But range is a key barrier to adoption. Other stumbling blocks include the high cost of EVs, speed of charging and poor recharging infrastructure. Nevertheless, there was acknowledgement that electric vehicles - plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV) - are gaining more traction in [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 2 – VW e-Golf long term review 4

By |2019-01-16T14:53:39+00:00January 21st, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

SO I’m back on apps again. My apologies. But it’s a big part of life with an electric car. And the Volkswagen e-Golf is no different. I have a Pod Point 7kWh charger at home. It connects to the home wifi system and lets you know the cost of the electricity consumed by your electric car. Except at the time [...]

Electric cars are app-driven, part 1 – VW e-Golf long term review 3

By |2019-01-16T14:51:51+00:00January 16th, 2019|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

IF there’s one thing I’ve learnt about electric motoring with the VW e-Golf, it’s this. You need a smartphone. And a smartphone with enough memory to carry a plurality of apps. Particularly when you’re on the road. And you need to top up the battery. (The car’s, not the phone’s.) My wife Alison had an appointment at Brighton Marina. As [...]

An electric car to beat range anxiety and BIK – Kia e-Niro review

By |2018-12-19T09:40:13+00:00December 19th, 2018|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Electric Vehicles, Kia Reviews, Newsletter|

  P11D Value: £32,995 BIK band 2018/19: 16% 5 door compact SUV 201bhp/395Nm, permanent magnet AC synchronous type 64 kWh Electric Motor Performance: 7.5secs/104mph Range/CO2: 289 miles/0g/km What is it? The Kia e-Niro: it’s all electric and with it comes range anxiety - that's what puts people off buying or leasing an electric car. But what if the range is [...]

Porsche demonstrates ultra high-power fast charging technology

By |2018-12-19T10:48:28+00:00December 14th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV News, Newsletter|

PORSCHE has just demonstrated that charging an electric vehicle can be as quick as filling up with fuel. A 90kW Porsche electric vehicle was charged in under three minutes. The charge provided enough electricity for a 62 mile range. The charger, which is free to use, is located near the A8 motorway between Ulm and Augsburg in Germany. Porsche says [...]

Only smart chargepoints to attract Government funding in the future

By |2018-12-19T10:48:46+00:00December 14th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV leasing, finance and taxation, EV News, Newsletter|

Smart Pod Point wall charger ELECTRIC vehicle chargepoints will only attract government funding if they are smart units, both at home and at work. Worth up to £500, the change in government support commences July 2019. Smart chargepoints, says the Department for Transport, must be capable of being accessed remotely, and able to receive, interpret and react to [...]

Regenerating power on the go: VW e-Golf long term review 2

By |2019-01-16T13:02:07+00:00December 11th, 2018|Car news and reviews, Company car and business car reviews, Newsletter, Our business cars, Owning and operating an EV, Volkswagen Reviews|

HOW far can you go? What's the range? These are typical and expected reactions when people ask what do you drive - and the answer is an electric Golf. And the answer is - it depends. The official range on the NEDC cycle is 186 miles. VW quotes the usable range as 124. I work on a 130 miles rule [...]

Businesses should consider global warming in their company car policies

By |2018-12-11T10:52:58+00:00December 10th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV News, Newsletter, SME business motoring and fleet management|

SMALL businesses and SME fleets should take greater consideration of the global warming consequences of their company car and business motoring policies. As evidence of global warming grows, companies need to change course over their fleet policies or face the consequences says fleet management specialist Fleet Evolution. After three years of static emissions growth, global carbon dioxide levels are on [...]

Public gives thumbs down to EVs

By |2018-12-11T10:54:19+00:00December 7th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV market background, EV News, Newsletter|

THERE might be lots of noise about electric cars - but that's all it is, says a new study into motoring preferences for new cars. November new car sales saw a near 25% increase in demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) but it appears UK plc is still unconvinced. According to leasing provider Select Car Leasing - a member of [...]

Play the right cards in fuel cost evaluation

By |2018-12-04T09:50:59+00:00December 4th, 2018|Car news and reviews, EV News, News, Newsletter, SME business motoring and fleet management|

AN SUV that's more economical on fuel than a hybrid Toyota Prius? Sounds wrong doesn't it. But that really is the case. The SUV in question is the Hyundai Kona - the new electric version of the SUV - and it tops the leagues for fuel costs over 10,000 miles. The Kona costs just £89; the Prius £460. If that's [...]

Volkswagen partners with supermarket Tesco and Pod Point to deliver free to use EV chargers

By |2018-12-04T09:51:26+00:00November 30th, 2018|Car news and reviews, Electric Vehicles, EV News, News, Newsletter, Owning and operating an EV|

THE most significant change in the electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is being rolled out: 2400 EV charging bays will become available across 600 Tesco stores within three years. Volkswagen, the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, and Tesco - the UK’s largest fuel retailer - will develop the UK retail electric vehicle charging network. It will be installed and powered by Pod [...]

BMW reveals tax-busting 3-Series PHEV

By |2018-11-26T10:57:21+00:00November 26th, 2018|Car news and reviews, EV News, News, Newsletter|

IF you're thinking about your next company car, then you seriously have to consider this: the latest BMW 330e. It's a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model which gives it great company car taxation benefits. For 2019/20 tax year the BMW 330e will be taxed at 16% of its P11d; the following year this drops to 12%. Drive a BMW 320d, on [...]

You can run your four bedroom house from a hydrogen car

By |2018-11-26T10:26:07+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV market background, Newsletter, Owning and operating an EV|

STRANGE fact for the day: but you can run a four bedroom house from the electricity produced by a hydrogen fuel cell Toyota Mirai or Honda Clarity. Strange but true. Arval's hydrogen expert Paul Marchment revealed this fact at the VRA seminar today at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull, on November 22, 2018. Honda Clarity charging a house [...]

All Plug-in Car Grants for PHEV vehicles now taken up

By |2018-11-02T10:39:23+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV leasing, finance and taxation, EV News|

BUSINESS motorists hoping to take advantage of the existing Plug-in Car Grant for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) will be disappointed. All transitioned PHEV grants that were put aside before the grant is phased out have now been taken up. The change to the Plug-in Car Grant was announced at the beginning of October, with an implementation date of November [...]

What does the future hold for EV charging?

By |2020-02-20T17:20:58+00:00October 16th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, EV market background|

THERE'S general consensus in the automotive industry that the future is electric. However, there’s not much agreement on what that future actually looks like. I thought it would be interesting to dig into some of the existing proposals and plans to make a prediction on the future of EV charging. In this article, I look at three different points: battery-based [...]

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