By the time the Electric Nation project ended in December 2018 data had been collected from more than 140,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging events. Analysis suggests that there is likely to be sufficient flexibility to manage charging away from peak electricity demand periods.
Initial findings show that on average, vehicles are plugged in for over 12 hours, but they are rarely charging for the full time. Other conclusions from the project suggest that the average charging event starts with the battery already more than 50% full and EV owners only charge their EVs three times a week.
We have all come across road rage at some point in our driving lives. When it happens, it can leave you feeling intimidated and scared. But with a bit of planning you can prevent the situation altogether as no one sets off on a journey intending to have an argument with another driver, often the road rage is the culmination of a bad day. Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards, provides a few top tips about how to avoid being a victim of road rage, and what to do if it escalates.
Ford is adding ten liveried trailers to its UK transport operations to mark this year’s Time to Talk Day. The specially-designed trailers - sharing the message “Don’t let mental health be the elephant in the room” - travel thousands of miles a year, and will act as “mobile billboards” to raise awareness of the Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination.
BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action - on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes
As the closing date looms on government’s consultation Review of WLTP and vehicle taxes, the BVRLA and other leading trade bodies are making a collective call to industry to take action.
Concerned that government’s continued lack of alignment of its taxation and environmental policies will result in a failure to remedy the current vehicle tax regime, the BVRLA is urging industry colleagues to respond to the consultation which closes on 17 February.
In its response the BVRLA is calling upon government to:
Hand gestures, head nods and thumbs-up signals all help to ensure drivers, pedestrians and cyclists know what each other is doing. But how will self‑driving vehicles, with no human driver, communicate with those around them?
Ford has been testing one approach that uses lights to indicate what the vehicle is doing and what it will do next as part of research into a communication interface that will help autonomous vehicles seamlessly integrate with other road users.
Wincanton has invested in six new Mechanical Offload (MOL) vehicles as part of its working relationship with Tarmac’s Building Products business.
The new additions to the Tarmac-branded fleet are three Renault T460 Artic combinations and three Mercedes Actros 2546L drawbar combinations.
Vauxhall has released a new range of accessories for its two latest models, Combo Life MPV and Combo Cargo van. From bike carriers and child seats to roof boxes and rear parking assistants, the stylish and practical equipment can help families and business users get the most out of their vehicle.
British commercial vehicle manufacturing grew 8.5% in 2018, with 84,888 units leaving production lines, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The increase in output follows weaker performances in 2016 and 2017, while strong market incentives ahead of model changes also played a part in boosting output.
Almost one in 10 (9%) of motorists aged between 45 and 54 believe that they no longer need a car according to a new study from automotive data experts, HPI.
A survey by Venson Automotive Solutions reveals that one in three (33%) company car drivers would not report minor damage to their employer – a figure which has almost doubled since 2015 when the same question was asked of company car drivers (17.5%).
Breakdown cover specialist GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging drivers to put safety first on motorway journeys, by always using the ‘two second rule’. This, says GEM, will ensure you keep a safe space in front of you and reduces the risk of ‘rear-ending’ the vehicle in front.
Free2Move Lease,introduces Citroën Ready to Run and Peugeot Built for Business light commercial vehicle conversions ranges
Free2Move Lease, the PSA Group’s connected finance and leasing company has introduced the Citroën Ready to Run and Peugeot Built for Business light commercial vehicle conversions ranges to the Free2Move Lease LCV finance lease portfolio.
The Citroën Ready to Run range is based on the Citroën Relay chassis and covers a range of popular LCV conversions. Among the models available from Free2Move Lease are the Ready to Run Tipper conversion, based on the Relay L2 single-cab chassis, offering a payload of up to 1,222kg, the heavy-duty Relay 35 L4 Luton chassis, offering up to 20m3 of load volume and a payload of up to 979kg and the Relay Curtainside, based on the Relay 35 heavy-duty L4 chassis, offering a load volume of up to 20m3 and payload of up to 879kg. All models are powered by the BlueHDi 160 engine with six-speed manual gearbox. These models are available for a monthly rental from £330 (ex-VAT). Terms and conditions apply.
Volkswagen has completely overhauled its natural gas models and is equipping its Polo and Golf TGI2) with a third natural gas tank. This allows the Polo TGI1) to now travel up to 60 kilometres further in pure CNG mode than its predecessor. The gain in range in the Golf TGI is up to 80 kilometres. In the Golf, a new 1.5 litre TGI four-cylinder engine with 96 kW / 130 PS ensures that none of the driving pleasure is lost.
Driving with natural gas significantly reduces CO2 emissions because the combustion of CNG generally produces less CO2. An even better CO2 balance can be achieved by fuelling with biomethane or e-gas.
Biomethane is extracted from plant residues; e-gas is produced from surplus green energy (power-to-gas), which are added to the fuels.
The UK trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing industry is urging drivers to think ahead about what documentation is needed when they take a vehicle abroad.
The advice from the BVRLA comes on the day that the government has published further guidance on International Driving Permits and Green Cards, as part of its no-deal-Brexit preparations.
BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We must do all we can to protect drivers from inadvertently falling foul of the rules, by making sure that they are kept well-informed about what documentation is required when taking a vehicle abroad.
“We are reminding drivers of leased and rented vehicles of their obligation to get a VE103 certificate from their hire or lease company before taking their vehicle overseas. It is essential documentation that our members provide customers with to prove that they have permission to drive the vehicle. Without it, they can be subject to delays at the border, or in the worst instance, have their vehicle impounded.”
From today, 2,500 Post Office branches will be selling International Driving Permits (IDP). Previously only 65 branches provided this service. Depending upon the outcome of EU-Exit negotiations, UK citizens may need to carry an IDP as well as their UK driving licence when driving on the continent.
Drivers can find out more about the VE103 on the BVRLA website and should visit the DVLA or Gov.uk websites to check the latest guidance on documents required when driving abroad.
Sticking to the speed limit could be easier than ever thanks to new technology in Google Maps. Google has confirmed it will soon be rolling out an update to its Maps app that informs motorists of the speed limit for the road they’re travelling on as well as alert them of any speed camera positions.
Fronting: know the risks- a recent case shows need for operators and Transport Managers to be vigilant
News from the Office of The Traffic Commissioner
In 2017/18, 110 operators and 144 transport managers were disqualified by traffic commissioners.
Those orders were made to stop individuals overseeing vehicle operations for a certain period of time - and in the worst cases indefinitely.
ICCT report finds narrowing of gap between stated and 'real world' fuel economy - but gap is still wide
For the first time in years, the average gap between official fuel consumption figures and actual fuel use for new cars in the EU in 2017 did not increase according to an updated analysis by the ICCT. However, the gap only stabilised at 39 percent. The ICCT says that the discrepancy between official measurements of vehicle efficiency and actual performance of new cars in everyday driving has more than quadrupled since 2001.
Jon Lawes, Managing Director, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions reacts to introduction of HGV Road User Levy
It’s right for the Government to implement measures aimed at improving air quality by reducing harmful nitrogen oxide emissions. However, transforming HGV fleets away from diesel, so they’re using alternative fuels and adopting cleaner air technologies, is a step-change that can’t be achieved overnight.
“There is currently no approved Euro VI retrofit option for hauliers and the impact of the HGV levy, combined with incoming clean air zones (CAZs), is putting pressure on haulage and goods companies throughout the UK. As one of the UK’s leading providers of HGV leasing and fleet management services, Hitachi Vehicle Solutions is embracing new technology and alternative fuel strategies to address these challenges and delivering cost effective solutions for customers.
“We’ve seen a 200% increase in our compressed natural gas HGV fleet in the last 12 months which is hugely encouraging. However, the migration will take time and considered investment, so it will be a gradual evolution of HGV fleets. Once made, the benefits from cost savings to a greener and more compliant fleet will be substantial, enabling the total cost of ownership model to work for both the customer, and indeed the environment.”
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.