The AA has commissioned and installed a training rig for hybrid vehicles to increase the number of vans and cars fixed by technicians at the roadside. The unit is the first of its kind to be available commercially and is now located alongside the AA’s new customer experience centre in Oldbury, West Midlands.
Fleet procurement is hugely complex. Price is a factor in every procurement process, but it is far from the only one in fleet - says FleetLocum
Businesses have been warned to be on their guard against a growing trend to turn to specialist procurement companies when acquiring fleet services only to find those organisations then walk away and sub-contract to typically industry suppliers.
One every nine minutes – 60,000 electric cars registered in 2018 marking 7th consecutive year of growth
UK electric car registrations continue to set records, as latest figures place the total number of new 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered last year at 59,911, making it the most successful year for electric cars to date. That equates to one new electric car registration every nine minutes in the UK. The total also means the market grew by 19% compared to 2017.
Kent-based Euromotive has introduced its first electric minibus conversion, based on the LDV EV80.
The electric bus is a wheelchair-accessible eight-seater and is Euromotive’s first pure EV, with bodywork based on the high roof version of the LDV EV80, the zero-emission version of the V80 panel van
The conversion includes a sliding door entrance and underfloor cassette-style wheelchair ramp to aid access to and from the vehicle, while it also features double rear doors accessible via an integrated tail-lift, which is concealed within the back door of the bus.
The interior of the vehicle is ply-linedand trimmed in carpet over a plywood floorfor extra insulation and soundproofing, with an anti-slip flooringsurface on top.The floor tracking is tested to comply with M1 (commercial minibus) standards.
A certificate of conformity and supported documentation from tests successfully carried out at MIRA and witnessed by the VCA is supplied with each vehicle.
Vauxhall has revealed the first pictures of the new Vivaro Life, which goes on sale later this year.
Due to go in to production at Vauxhall’s manufacturing facility in Luton, Bedfordshire, the first images shown by the company are of the passenger variant of the Vivaro van.
Vauxhall has confirmed that the new Vivaro will be offered in two lengths: the 4.95m “Medium” and the 5.30m “Large” – which in passenger form offer up to nine seats. The model will make its debut at the Brussels Motor Show next month.
The Vivaro is based on PSA’s EMP2 platform and will be built at the company’s Luton manufacturing plant, helping to secure 1,250 jobs. Investment in the new vehicle will increase the plant’s production capacity to 100,000 units per year.
It will feature a number of driver assistance systems; a camera and radar monitor the area in front of the vehicle, with a function that recognises pedestrians crossing the road and effect an emergency braking manoeuvre at speeds up to 18mph. Other features include Lane-Keep Assist and Drowsiness Alert, along with active cruise control. Some models will also get a head-up display.
Vauxhall says it will also offer an electric version of the van in 2021.
Volkswagen is establishing worldwide production network for electric cars: eight MEB plants on three continents by 2022
The Volkswagen brand is forging ahead consistently with its electric offensive and has now announced the first production location in North America. In future, the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee is to produce vehicles based on the modular electric toolkit MEB, a new generation of electric cars. For this purpose, Volkswagen is investing about €700 million ($800 million) in the plant. The expansion of the plant will create up to 1,000 new jobs plus additional jobs at suppliers. The first electric car from Chattanooga is to roll off the production line in 2022. Over the next few years, eight MEB plants are to be developed in Europe, North America and China. Volkswagen is building up the production capacity needed to sell more than 1 million electric cars per year by 2025.
Volkswagen and Ford are committed to exploring potential collaboration on EVs, autonomous vehicles and mobility services through alliance
Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company today announced the first formal agreements in a broad alliance that positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry.
Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed that the companies intend to develop commercial vans and medium-sized pickups for global markets beginning as early as 2022. The alliance will drive significant scale and efficiencies and enable both companies to share investments in vehicle architectures that deliver distinct capabilities and technologies.
The companies estimate the commercial van and pickup cooperation will yield improved annual pre-tax operating results, starting in 2023.
In addition, Volkswagen and Ford have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles and have started to explore opportunities. Both companies also said they were open to considering additional vehicle programs in the future. The teams will continue working through details in the coming months.
“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” Hackett said. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”
Diess added: “Volkswagen and Ford will harness our collective resources, innovation capabilities and complementary market positions to even better serve millions of customers around the world. At the same time, the alliance will be a cornerstone for our drive to improve competitiveness.”
The alliance, which does not entail cross-ownership between the two companies, will be governed by a joint committee. This committee will be led by Hackett and Diess and will include senior executives from both companies.
Commercial van and pickup collaboration
Ford and Volkswagen both have strong commercial van and pickup businesses around the globe, with popular nameplates such as the Ford Transit family and Ranger as well as the Volkswagen Transporter, Caddy and Amarok.
The companies’ collective light commercial vehicle volumes from 2018 totaled approximately 1.2 million units globally, which could represent the industry’s highest-volume collaboration as production scales.
Demand for both medium pickups and commercial vans is expected to grow globally in the next five years. The alliance will enable the companies to share development costs, leverage their respective manufacturing capacity, boost the capability and competitiveness of their vehicles and deliver cost efficiencies, while maintaining distinct brand characteristics.
Through the alliance, Ford will engineer and build medium-sized pickups for both companies which are expected to go to market as early as 2022. For both parties, Ford intends to engineer and build larger commercial vans for European customers, and Volkswagen intends to develop and build a city van.
A victimless crime? IAM RoadSmart backs police speeding crackdown and calls for drivers to take responsibility for their actions
The UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has backed the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) current crackdown on speeding on our roads – saying that there is clear evidence that ‘speed kills.’
The NPCC is encouraging police forces around the country to highlight these dangers in their own areas in the two-week campaign, which started yesterday (14 January).
Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Many people see speeding as a victimless crime – that is total nonsense. Many drivers think they can easily handle the speed they drive, and assume their skills are great enough to handle an emergency. We at IAM RoadSmart would like to ask those people to take a long, hard look at their attitudes and stop kidding themselves they are always safe.”
The latest annual road safety statistics shows that the contributory factor of 'exceeding speed limit' was recorded in 203 fatalities, 1,212 serious injuries, and 5,855 slight injuries.
In addition, the figures reported for those who crashed because they were ‘travelling too fast for conditions’ revealed 136 fatalities, 1,327 serious injury collisions and 4,483 slight injury collisions.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, NPCC Lead for Roads Policing, said to IAM RoadSmart: “Driving or riding at safe speeds is a key theme of the National Roads Policing Strategy and the speed campaign during January means police forces across the UK will focus on those who are travelling too fast on our roads, putting themselves and others at risk by doing so.
He added: “Respecting the speed limit is fundamental to reducing danger on our roads. Enforcing those limits falls to the police and officers will be doing just that to ensure all road users remain as safe as possible.”
Neil added that in order to reduce the number of people who become victims of speeding motorists, it is essential that all authorities work together to tackle this issue, rather than ad hoc individual measures.
He continued: “If you combine ‘too fast’ with the far bigger numbers of contributory factors attributed to ‘driver or rider error’ and ‘behaviour and experience’ then it is clear that education still has a huge role to play in reducing the toll of death and injury on our roads.”
Ford is pushing the boat out for the RNLI by supplying the charity that saves lives at sea with a replacement fleet of new vehicles.
Ford will ship 210 new vehicles to the RNLI this year, followed by a further 120 in 2020 and again in 2021 – including 100 Ford Rangers total as beach patrol vehicles for its lifeguard service.
Chevin Fleet Solutions has joined the green fleet revolution and proudly announces that over half of its company vehicles are boasting such credentials. Having joined the Go Ultra Low campaign in 2016, Chevin committed to ensuring that at least 5% of its fleet is electric by 2020.
The local authority has more than 160 vehicles and the new additions are its first electric cars with three electric vans due to arrive soon.
The Renault Zoes will be based at Lancaster Town Hall and the council’s White Lund Depot in Morecambe and replace two diesel Ford Fiestas the council has on hire.
The council’s team of mechanics will receive additional training to maintain the new electrically powered arrivals and to enable them to extend the council's vehicle maintenance, servicing and MOT packages on offer to local businesses and members of the public.
Coun Darren Clifford, Cabinet member for climate change, said: "We all want to live in a greener and healthier environment and introducing electric vehicles is one of a variety of ways we can achieve this aim.
“The council is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our operations and this marks the beginning of our journey to decarbonise our fleet.
“A successful bid for grant funding by the council to the Office of Low Emission Vehicles will also see the installation of charging points at five of its public car parks across the district and one privately managed car park in Lancaster.”
UK Power Networks Services will work with UPS, High Speed 1 and WMG on an innovative new project to assess the feasibility of using wireless charging to support the use of electric vehicles in commercial fleets on London’s roads.
Nearly 3 MILLION UK motorists feared to be driving illegally - new research drives case for scrapping 20m sight test
Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd will be introducing three distinct trim levels to the Vito van and crew range to ensure customers can clearly identify the right vehicle for their needs.
Launching in January 2019, all Vito models will benefit from a leather steering wheel (and gear selector on manual models), comfort driver’s seat, automatic headlights, and parking sensors, and will have a choice of PURE, PROGRESSIVE and PREMIUM lines.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has announced details of its new Engineered To Go programme that offers off-the-shelf conversions to even more businesses.
Launching with a host of conversions on the Crafter model, the new programme kicks off with a range of Dropside, Tipper and Luton products available to buy direct from the standard price list.
As SMMT data reveals that fleet sales for 2018 were down seven per cent signalling the worst new car market performance in five years, one vehicle manufacturer is predicting a sea-change in traditional fleet procurement for 2019. According to Honda, 2019 will likely see an increase in grey fleets and end-user purchasing.
SMS plc choose converted Peugeot Vans for their engineers who replace and install gas and electricity meters.
Utility metering specialist SMS plc has taken delivery of over 170 PEUGEOT Boxer, Expert and Partner vans, which will be used by engineers across the company’s various divisions. The vehicles will play a crucial role in assisting engineers who replace and install gas and electricity meters.
These days there always seems to be a driving myth doing the rounds on social media but that’s exactly what a lot of them are — myths.
To help you sort the driving laws from the fake news, the RAC have put together some definitive answers to a few of the most common motoring unknowns out there.
Many drivers report aches and pains from driving such as lower back pain, stiff shoulders and neck, cramp in the foot or leg, headache or eye strain. In 2016, around 30.8 million days of work were lost to musculoskeletal problems, according to government figures.
Prolonged exposing to driving has shown to be a risk factor for back pain, with the risk increasing for anyone who drives for more than 20 hours a week.
And it’s not just sitting in a fixed position that can cause problems. Getting in and out of the vehicle can be uncomfortable for around 9.7% of older people according to a study at Loughborough University.1
Reaching and pulling the boot door down to close is difficult for 12% of older females, while turning to adjust headrests and adjustable seatbelt fixings can also cause problems for some.
Other common causes of injury include:
Edinburgh City Council has been running 12 new Mellor Orion low floor buses to help meet the demands of a rapidly growing city population and forthcoming Low Emission Zone plans.