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EV price cut and spec changes for 2021 Corsa

Vauxhall has cut the price of the Corsa-e electric model by up to £1,000 and made changes to engine, specification and styling on the petrol version as part of an update for 2021.

The Corsa-e price drops on all models, with the entry SE Nav model dropping by £1025 versus the previous SE Nav Premium model, now costing £29,640 before the £3,00 Government grant, while the top-spec Elite Nav has dropped by £265 to £33,045. Equipment levels are unchanged.

A new 130hp petrol engine is added to the Corsa, sitting above the 100hp petrol the car launched with, available with SRi and Ultimate Nav trims.

With the petrol and diesel models, Vauxhall has added a new Elite trim to sit below Elite Nav, costing £500 less and deleting sat-nav form the spec, and all SRi models now get Vauxhall’s Light Pack – LED front and rear lights and automatic lighting – as standard.

Sky takes on over 150 Transit Custom PHEVS

Television giant Sky is adding 151 Ford Transit Custom PHEV models to its fleet by the end of this year, having run one of the 20 prototype models Ford placed with fleets for a 12-month trial ahead of the vehicle’s launch.

The trial led to a geofencing feature being made available on the Custom PHEV, which switches the vehicle to electric mode when entering specified emissions zones.

“Our new plug-in Ford Transit works for businesses driving in towns because its development included input and learnings from city-based fleets including Sky,” said Neil Wilson, Ford fleet director.

The vehicles are part of Sky’s commitment to get to a position of zero net carbon by 2030, and are liveried to reflect the goal.

BVRLA responds to chancellor’s Spending Review

The British Vehicle Leasing and Rental Association has welcomed the Government’s inclusion of electric vehicle infrastructure in its spending priorities following chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review announcement.

“Amidst some very sobering news on UK national debt, unemployment and economic growth, it is reassuring to see that the Government is still willing to invest billions of pounds in supporting the transition to zero emission road transport,” said BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney, focusing on the requirement to invest in grid infrastructure ahead of demand.

Keaney also called for Government to work with the fleet sector to ensure tax revenues to alter in a “timely, effective and proportionate way” as increased numbers of electric vehicles hit the roads and reduce fuel duty and benefit-in0kind income. “The Government’s future motoring tax strategy has to strike a very fine balance,” he said. “It needs to maintain vital revenues and encourage people into newer and cleaner vehicles. The Government must also avoid placing a crushing tax burden on businesses and individuals that are unable to upgrade their cars, vans or trucks and are already struggling to cope with the economic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and EU-exit.”