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Government reveals 2040 zero-emission HGV plan and new chargepoint design

The Government has announced plans to end the sale of heavy goods vehicles by 2040, allowing only zero-emission vehicles after that date.

The move makes the UK the first country in the world to make a commitment to phase out non-zero emission HGVs, with new diesel vehicles under 26 tonnes banned from 2035 and all HGVs sold in the UK zero emission by 2040.

The Cop26 summit in Glasgow has also secured a commitment from six major vehicle manufacturers – GM, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BYD, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover – as well as 34 countries, 41 cities, states and regions and 28 fleets, to get to 100% zero-emission new car and van sales in 2040, or 2035 in leading markets.

New charge point design 2021The Government used the Glasgow event to unveil its new chargepoint design that it said “could become as iconic as the Great British post box, London bus or black cab”. The concept is said to prioritise “inclusivity and ease of use” and was designed in cooperation with consumers, local government, accessibility groups and industry.

The Association of Fleet Professionals greeted the new targets on non-zero-emission vehicles with a combination of enthusiasm and caution. “The aspirations on a global, national and localised fleet basis are to be applauded and mark the almost certain end of the combustion engine in new vehicles on a global basis within a couple of decades,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “However, aspirations are simply that, and the proof of their sincerity lies in the support that will be provided by governments to manufacturers, fleets and motorists to help them make this transition.

“Certainly, we would like to see a roadmap produced as soon as possible to find out how the government plans to assist those UK fleets who have this week committed to become net zero by 2030,” he continued. “This is a target that is certainly achievable but only with the right investment in everything from vehicle production to charging infrastructure.”

November Company Car Today magazine out now

The latest issue of Company Car Today has published this week, and the digital version is available online at www.companycartoday.co.uk/magazine.

Company Car Today issue 86Featured in the new issue are test drives of the new Kia EV6, Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3, as well as a six-page review of Audi’s Q4 e-tron, the car that will take EVs into big volume for the premium brand.

We also chat to BMW’s fleet boss Rob East about the company’s three EV arrivals in the final quarter of 2021, and review what was a disappointing Budget 2021 for fleets.

The Green Company Car section contains a look at the Government’s latest moves to boost EV uptake, as well as examining what fleets can do, over and above moving to EVs, to improve their environmental footprint. There’s also a Green Focus on Hyundai and a guest opinion from Myenergi’s Jordan Brompton looking at the benefits of moving to electric.

Plus BCA shares its wisdom on the used saloon and estate sector in the face of ever-rising SUV sales, and we profile CCT Innovation Awards winner Ogilvie.

The latest issue, along with the entire 86-magazine back-catalogue, is available online on the Company Car Today website.

Steering recall for Mercedes-Benz EQC

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a recall of the EQC electric model after a problem was found in the wiring harness of the steering.

The Big Test - Mercedes-Benz EQC - 2019 - Gallery Image 6The brand is yet to confirm the number of vehicles involved, but reports suggest it is all cars built between 11 December 2019 and 18 May 2020.

“Mercedes-Benz AG has determined that on certain EQC vehicles (293 platform) the wiring harness of the electrical steering might have been damaged during the assembly process,” said an official statement. “In this case, water might ingress into the wiring harness through a damaged isolation and advance over time into the steering control unit. As a consequence, the steering assist might fail spontaneously, also during driving. In this case, the driver would be notified by a red warning message in the instrument cluster.”

This is the fifth recall posted for the EQC since launch, and customers will be contacted if their vehicle is affected.