The North of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), has been awarded a prestigious Gold award by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) for excellent health and safety practices during 2019.
Nexus Vehicle Rental, the UK’s leading tech driven business mobility provider, has been chosen as the sole vehicle rental supplier to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Nexus will primarily provide the RNLI with cars and small vans for RNLI staff to attend essential fundraising events and to get frontline volunteers to the right locations to save lives at sea. As the peak summer season is underway, additional vehicles are essential, particularly as last year RNLI crews and lifeguards came to the rescue of over 40,000 people and saved 329 lives.
UK Transport Managers fear a major shortage of CPC-compliant drivers after 9 September, research has revealed.
In an independent survey* of nearly 200 fleet professionals across the UK by leading driver CPC training provider Fleet Source, more than half (53%) said they worried about the availability of fully CPC-trained drivers after the September deadline.
Ford and Centrica are set to offer new electric vehicle services in the U.K. and Ireland as Ford accelerates its electrified vehicle plans in Europe.
Under the planned partnership, Centrica will deliver a dedicated home charging installation service and electrified vehicle tariffs from British Gas and Bord Gáis Energy that will allow Ford customers to benefit from lower energy prices for overnight charging as the new range of Ford electrified vehicles are launched. Centrica will also make its installation service available to support Ford’s dealership networks across the U.K. and Ireland.
Owning the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE is now easier than ever before thanks to a pair of features focusing on use and cost; the new online range calculator and the Go I-PACE app.
Volvo Car UK is boosting its in-car connectivity offering by fitting a data SIM card as standard to all its new models. The feature is being introduced on all Model Year 2020 cars from today, and can be retro-fitted with ease to any that have already been delivered to customers.
UK commercial vehicle (CV) production fell by -57.2% in June, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Manufacturing for both home and overseas markets experienced declines in the month, falling -44.7% and -65.4% respectively. 3,345 vans, trucks and buses left production lines last month, as key model changeovers continued to impact output.
In the first six months, output fell -15.8% on the same period in 2018. The overall fall was driven by three months of significant decline following a strong start to the year. Home production increased by 11.1%, while exports fell -29.2%, with 19,735 units shipped abroad in the first half of the year. However, exports still account for more than half of all UK CV manufacturing, with the majority destined for the EU.
Reflecting its growing focus on the van marketplace, Europcar Mobility Group UK has chosen BT Fleet Solutions to provide a tailor-made Service, Maintenance and Repair (SMR) service. The partnership gives Europcar Vans access to BT Fleet Solutions’ extensive UK network of garages and mobile technicians for its ever-expanding and increasingly specialised fleet, maximising the availability of Europcar vehicles and ensuring a seamless level of service for Europcar Van customers.
Highlights in Issue 3 (2019) - Fleet Manager Magazine
Hyperdrive Innovation’s HYVE facility will manufacture tens of thousands of batteries annually and drive uptake of electric vehicles and energy storage.
HYVE, the UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility, outside major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), opens in Sunderland today.
The site is home to Hyperdrive Innovation, the UK’s foremost designer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology. Sunderland-based Hyperdrive – which makes battery packs for electric vehicles and energy storage systems – has invested £7m into its manufacturing capabilities since moving to the site in 2014.
TyresOnTheDrive.com has been recognised for its commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van operations after being certified by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as a Van Excellence operator.
The mobile tyre fitting service which operates across the UK via a fleet of over 70 vehicles, successfully passed the extensive Van Excellence audit.
Amid Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) recent announcement to invest over £1bn in electric car production, global engineering consultancy HORIBA MIRA is calling on the industry to accelerate the development and public adoption of such vehicles in the UK.
The government has further cemented its position as a global leader in the transition to zero emission transport, by securing new regulations to make electric vehicles safer and provide greater confidence to vulnerable road users.
Today (9 July 2019), the government announced it is investing £37 million into British engineering to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure, revolutionising the experience for the record levels of ultra-low emission vehicle drivers on UK roads.
Twelve projects are set to receive a share of the funding, to support the creation of innovations including wireless charging technologies, meaning electric vehicles of the future could charge without the need to plug in a cable.
Most buyers are not yet ready to purchase their next car online as the dealership remains a significant element of the buying journey, according to a new study by CitNOW.
Over two thirds (67%) of drivers will still not consider making their next car purchase online, with the forecourt still the most crucial aspect of the car buying journey for most buyers.
Visitors to Coach & Bus UK, being held at the NEC Birmingham on 2-3 October, will get an opportunity to enjoy a ride in the UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus.
The 11.5m Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) manufactured Enviro200 single-deck vehicle, fitted with Fusion Processing’s CAVstar® control and sensing system, is being trialled by Stagecoach. While, next year, a fleet of five similar autonomous buses will be taking part in a larger (government-funded) trial – billed as a world’s first – carrying passengers across Scotland’s Forth Bridge.
Fully charged as it accelerates along its Future Highway 2025, the BMW Group is adjusting frequency to up the tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company will now achieve the total of 25 electrified models previously announced for 2025 two years earlier, in 2023. Thanks to flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, the company is able to respond quickly to changing conditions. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric.
Just a few weeks after the presentation of the battery-electric version, Vauxhall has released first pictures of the all-new fifth generation Corsa, that features a new range of high-efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains.
The all-new Corsa offers reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement as key characteristics of all powertrain options, with every variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than the most efficient versions of the Corsa currently on offer.
Vauxhall has revealed the first pictures of the brand-new Astra, which sets the standard for efficiency and low emissions with a range of petrol and diesel powertrains. Building on the wide success of the outgoing model, customers will benefit from reduced CO2 and fuel consumption, as well as a series of class-leading technology and equipment.
Meticulous development in the wind tunnel also made a significant contribution to the reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.