Afternoon round-up: Kia Niro EV, Kwik-Fit MOT warning, 50 Mirais for eco cab firm

First pics of Kia Niro EV

Kia has revealed the first images of its forthcoming all-electric Niro ahead of it going on sale later this year.

According to the Korean car maker, the Niro EV will be fitted with a 64Kw battery pack, which allows it to travel up to 380km (236 miles) between charges.

Designed in California and Korea, the Niro EV is initially set to launch in Korea during the second half of this year with it being introduced to other markets in due course.

Kwik-Fit warns fleets must communicate with drivers

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It will be more vital than ever before for fleets to communicate with company car and van drivers, fast-fitter Kwik Fit has claimed.

The warning comes ahead of changes to the MoT regime on 20 May, where instead of vehicles either being passed or failed, defects will be categorised, as ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ and ‘minor’ with the first two resulting in a fail.

“We have an obligation to adhere to MoT rules, but we also have an obligation if a known defect is identified during an MoT test to report that to the vehicle owner and adhere to the fleet policy. Communication is critical to comply with both the MoT and Road Traffic Act rules as well as individual fleet policies,” said Dan Joyce, SMR business manager at Kwik Fit.

Green Tomato Cars to take on 50 hydrogen Toyota Mirais

Eco-friendly cab company Green Tomato Cars has announced it is taking on 50 hydrogen Toyota Mirais.

The new additions will join two other Mirais, which have been on the firm’s books since 2015 and have completed 25,000 miles in service.

Paul Van der Burgh, managing director and president of Toyota GB, said: ‘We’re delighted that Green Tomato Cars have been happy with their Toyota Mirai cars and that they are taking 50 more.  It’s clear that confidence in hydrogen powered transport is growing among end users, which is another step in the path towards a hydrogen society.