Company Car Today - Issue 54 - 26th June 2019

LIGHT COMMERCIAL VEHICLES FLEET MANAGEMENT KWIK FIT EXPANDS MOBILE TYRE SERVICE Kwik Fit has expanded its mobile tyre replacement network and said it has plans to offer the service in more locations in 2020. The fast- fitter launched the ‘Mobile7’ network inside the M25 in 2016 and has subsequently expanded the service into seven other regions. AVERAGE PRICE OF FUEL RISES FOR FOUR MONTHS The average price of fuel rose for the fourth month in a row during May, with a litre of petrol costing 11p more and a litre of diesel 7p dearer than it was at the start of February, according to the RAC. During the month, petrol went up by 2.3p to 130.6p while diesel rose by 1.7p to 135.5p. Petrol is only a penny away from its five-year high of 131.6p. SMALL INCREASE IN USED VEHICLE PRICES The average price of used cars sold at auction in May increased by £14 compared with the previous month, auction giant BCA said. Compared with May 2018’s figures, the average value is ahead by £306, with vehicles typically being three months newer and having 2000 fewer miles on the odometer. FIAT UPDATES DUCATO VAN Fiat has updated its best- selling van, the Ducato, for 2019, with improved diesel engines, a new nine-speed automatic transmission and a new infotainment system. The revised Ducato is powered by a new 2.3-litre diesel unit which comes in 120hp, 140hp and 180hp guises. Later this year the range will receive a new infotainment system. LEVC REVEALS PLUG-IN HYBRID VAN The London Electric Vehicle Company – maker of the plug-in hybrid black cab – has revealed a van version of its taxi, ahead of order books opening towards the end of next year. The newmodel has a claimed electric-only range of 80 miles and a petrol/ electric range of 377 miles. Its maker said it is aimed at companies and drivers that travel less than 100 miles per day. E-NV200 SALES SOAR Sales of the Nissan e-NV200 electric van have increased by 200% in the first half of 2019, according to the brand. The Japanese firm put the rise down to small businesses wanting to save money amid changes in legislation and the launch of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone. AUTHORITIES GOVERNMENT FLEET TO GO EV BY 2030 The Government has said it will have a zero-emission fleet by 2030. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has written to every Government department with detailed guidance on how they can make the transition. At present, electric vehicles make up 23% of the Government Car Service fleet (this provides vehicles for ministers and senior officials), which is in itself managed by the DfT. M6 TOLL PRICES TO RISE Higher prices for car and van drivers will come into force on the M6 Toll road from 12 July. According to its operator, Midland Expressway, prices will rise between 10p and 30p for cars and between 10p and 50p for LCVs. However, an off-peak fare is being introduced for drivers who travel between 5am and 7am and 7pm and 11pm during week days. TFL LAUNCHES 20MPH LIMITS CONSULTATION Transport for London has launched a consultation to introduce 20mph limits on all roads it maintains within the Congestion Charge zone by next May. It said it is part of a push to eliminate death and serious injury from the capital’s network, so 20mph limits could be introduced on roads including Millbank, Albert Embankment, Victoria Embankment and Borough High Street. TOYOTA REVEALS PLANS FOR SIX FUTURE EVS Toyota has outlined its future battery electric vehicle plans, which include six EVs due early in the next decade. The company confirmed plans for a compact car in co-operation with Daihatsu and Suzuki, a medium SUV with Subaru, plus four other vehicles – medium- sized saloon, crossover and minivan, and a large SUV. LONDON MAYOR SETS OUT EV POINT GROWTH PLAN London mayor Sadiq Khan has set out his plan to expand the number of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging points in the capital to increase the number of EVs on the roads. The mayor’s plan includes the introduction of five charging hubs that will service multiple vehicles. He has established an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce, which comprises representatives from business, energy, infrastructure, government and the boroughs, to advise on London’s needs. BP CHARGEMASTER REVEALS 150KW CHARGER BP Chargemaster has unveiled its new 150Kw ultra-fast electric vehicle charger, which is claimed to deliver 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. The company said the new units will be appearing across the Polar charging network “soon”. The Ultracharge 150 features both CCS and CHAdeMO connectors, and an intuitive interface. The units will be accessible to both pay-as-you-go and subscription customers. ELECTRIC VEHICLES NEWS COMPANY CAR TODAY.CO.UK 8 ROUNDUP