All-electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E. delivers lessons in sustainability to University of Kent students
One of the UK’s leading academic institutions is using the 100 per cent electric Renault Kangoo Van Z.E to help educate its students on the importance of sustainability and the benefits of electric vehicles.
The University of Kent is employing the versatile LCV to transport its maintenance teams, furniture and recycling around the 300-acre grounds of its Canterbury campus. The highly visible use of the Renault Kangoo Van Z.E, coupled with a striking livery proclaiming the 100% electric power, perfectly illustrates to students the advancements in electric vehicle technology and the university’s commitment to the environment.
In the latest development in its drive to meet the targets of its Carbon Trust Strategy, where it aims to lower its carbon emissions by 23 per cent by 2020, the University of Kent has added six further Renault Kangoo Van Z.E Panel Van versions to its fleet, taking itsnumber of Renault Kangoo Van Z.Es to 15.
Record numbers of new ultra low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) are on Britain’s roads as new figures published today (8 September 2016) show sales are soaring.
Department for Transport figures show 9,657 ULEVs were registered in the UK in the last quarter (April to June), an increase of 49% on the same period last year and 253% on two years before.
The rise comes following the extension of the plug-in car and van grant scheme, allowing more than 100,000 additional drivers to benefit until at least 2018.
With urban air quality rising to the top of the government’s agenda and being a prominent feature in the news, UKLPG, the trade body that represents the LPG industry, states that now is the time for LPG to be considered as a viable alternative fuel for vehicles by fleet managers.
With recent success in conversion projects, and more than 60 black cabs being converted to run on LPG as part of the ongoing NOx Reduction Champions project in Birmingham, the LPG industry is encouraging fleet managers to consider LPG-fuelled vehicles as a way to address urban air quality and reduce the cost of running a fleet.
Independent research authority TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) has released its latest Quarterly Research Report, providing insight into some of the most pressing issues in transport today.
Featuring a special focus on climate change and sustainable transport, highlights include a trial of electrically assisted bikes, a collaborative research project to support the rail industry in responding to the impact of climate change and a Natural Environment Research Council project on assessing the risk to the coastal and rural road network in Scotland due to the effects of storms and extreme rainfall events.
A full copy of the report can be downloaded here:
For the second year in a row, TomTom Telematics has been recognised as Europe’s largest and most innovative provider of fleet management solutions by one of the leading M2M/IoT market analyst firms, Berg Insight.
The results were confirmed in the recently published 11th edition of the Berg Insight Fleet Management in Europe report.
Business mobility specialist Alphabet today announced that it has expanded the Virtual Handover service launched earlier this year to now include Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs). In addition, it has enhanced the service with new QR code technology for highly customised, commercial vehicles supplied via one of Alphabet’s network of LCV Approved Conversion Partners, TEVO.
Virtual Handover is provided to Alphabet customers receiving new vehicles via its Preferred Dealership Network. In a first for the leasing industry, Alphabet’s Virtual Handover service now provides fleet managers and their drivers with a video guide to their new LCV from the supplying dealer, sent via an email link approximately two weeks before the vehicle delivery. This is an extension of the Virtual Handover service launched for passenger cars earlier this year. What’s unique for LCVs is that for vehicles supplied by conversion partner TEVO, a QR code is now included in the converted commercial vehicle. When the code is scanned via a driver’s smartphone, the code accesses a specific video guide to the custom conversion of the vehicle.
Volvo Cars’ instrumental role in defining the adventurous Cross Country segment is widely acknowledged. With the imminent reveal of the new V90 Cross Country, the Swedish car maker is set to cement its leading role as the most capable and comfortable premium all-roader on offer and complete its 90 series line-up.
“Cross Country has become the true expression of a Volvo car in many people’s eyes. It was a winning concept from the start, perfect for the tough climate and road conditions that we experience in Sweden,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Developed in 1996, the first Cross Country estate combined functional flexibility and rugged capability. Today, 20 years later, the Cross Country segment is a familiar sight across the premium car market, providing a capable yet comfortable driving experience.
The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 breaks new ground as a large seven-seater SUV in the C segment. As a new contender in this growing consumer market, it boasts many strengths. The all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV includes the latest digital version of the outstanding PEUGEOT i-Cockpit®, Efficient Modular Platform 2 (EMP2), and a plethora of high-tech features that enhance comfort and safety. Behind the elegant, dynamic design lies a superbly practical vehicle. With seven seats, the new PEUGEOT 5008 is the first SUV to offer modularity on a par with that of the best people-carriers. A range of powerful, efficient engines and designs - including sporty GT Line and GT versions - is available for the all-new PEUGEOT 5008 SUV, to be unveiled at the next 2016 Paris Motor Show in September before its launch in Spring 2017.
ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-maker organisation, has discussed key issues impacting on members at meetings with officials from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and Highways England.
At the HMRC meeting a range of tax-related issues were discussed including:
The New Generation Hyundai i30 is the DNA car for Hyundai Motor representing the core of the Hyundai brand in Europe. Hyundai Motor sets a new milestone and shifts customer perception of Hyundai as a brand that is European at heart. Available in early 2017, the New Generation i30 is Hyundai Motor’s answer to changing contemporary values and customer attitudes on technology driven solutions, individuality in style and flexibility.
“We have listened closely to customer needs in redefining our offer to create a car for everyone. It’s the new people’s car: Accessible, appealing in design and great to drive,” comments Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With up-to-date infotainment and connectivity features we offer everything today’s digital natives and modern customers expect.”
Volvo Cars has revealed performance-inspired R-Design models of the new S90 saloon and V90 estate.
Central to the S90 and V90 R-Design is an advanced sport chassis that delivers an energetic, road-hugging drive.
“R-Design delivers an edge to our elegant estate and saloon models in our 90 Series, with a winning combination of a sportier, more responsive drive with clearly visible performance styling,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Cars.
Sporting a new front-end design with spoiler-integrated foglights, the R-Design models come with a unique grille and piano black trim both on the front and rear of the cars. A new five-spoke matt black diamond-cut wheel adds to the performance feel.
A wide range of styling cues are included on the inside – from unique deco trim, pedals and mats, to the sporty contour seats and special steering wheel, including a high-level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.
The S90 and V90 are now even more attractive options for the Public Sector, following the introduction of very attractive special terms. Further details can be obtained from the Volvo Public Sector Team or your chosen Corporate Sales Specialist Dealer.
Government report highlights opportunities presented by ULEVs but needs to support ultra low emission HGV market as well
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee has recently published a report regarding Sustainability in the Department for Transport which highlights the DfT's approach to sustainability along with wider issues such as ULEVs.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has reacted positively to the report. In the report, the Committee states that fiscal support will be needed along with regulatory reform to develop the market in ultra-low emission vehicles. For cars it suggests reform to company car taxation, and for vans a reform to the weight limitations on alternatively powered vehicles.
O&H Vehicle Conversions has appointed Martyn Archer as its new managing director.
Martyn is a Chartered Management Accountant and brings over 20 years’ experience gained in senior business leadership positions in different organisations. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the business and will lead the company with a focus on financial, commercial and operational performance, driving our strategy for growth.
Martyn said: “Joining Oughtred and Harrison represents an opportunity to work with a highly experienced and dedicated team of professionals, who create and deliver leading class vehicle conversion solutions. I’m looking forward to growing the business and further developing its already excellent reputation as a trusted business partner to all its customers.”
Volvo Car UK has appointed Jon Wakefield as Managing Director, with immediate effect. The appointment sees Jon assume overall responsibility for Volvo's UK operations on a permanent basis, having served as acting Managing Director since July.
Jon joined Volvo Car UK in 2012 as Sales Director, and in his new role succeeds Nick Connor, who was recently appointed Chief Executive of Polestar.
A new survey by Brake and Direct Line has revealed how many drivers are speeding on roads where lower limits are in place to keep children and other road users safe.
Four in ten (40%) of drivers admit they sometimes travel at 30mph or more where there is a limit of 20mph. More than a quarter (26%) of drivers say they do this at least once a month and just over one in five (21%) admit to driving much faster than the 20mph speed limit on a weekly basis. Most 20mph zones and areas are in the vicinity of schools and homes where many children will be regularly walking and cycling.
FLEET DECISION-MAKERS URGED TO NOMINATE THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS AS DEADLINE FOR 2016 ACFO AWARDS LOOMS
There are just a few days for nominations to be made for the 2016 Awards from ACFO, the UK’s premier fleet decision-maker organisation.
With the countdown to the Friday, 9th September, 2016 nomination deadline underway, all fleet decision-makers - not just ACFO members - are being urged to nominate their top vehicles, initiatives and suppliers’ products and services.
The UK new car market achieved modest growth in August, as registrations rose 3.3% against the same month last year, according to figures released today by the SMMT. 81,640 new cars were registered in the month, with year-to-date performance remaining positive, up 2.8% to 1.68 million units.
The fleet sector drove the growth with demand, buoyed by attractive finance deals and discounts, rising 7.7% to 43,267, while private registrations fell slightly by -0.2%. Diesel demand also fell marginally by -0.2%, with petrol registrations edging ahead 5.3% and alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) seeing significant growth of 30.8%. Almost 54,000 AFVs have been registered so far in 2016, compared with just over 44,000 last year.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “August is traditionally one of the quietest months as consumers look ahead to the September plate change, so growth, albeit small, is good news. With showrooms full of exciting models featuring the very latest technology and a raft of affordable finance options, it still makes economic sense to consider buying a new car. The key to maintaining this strong market is consumer confidence for which we look to government to deliver the conditions for economic growth.”