New Government app to help drivers move to EV
A new Government-backed app has been launched to help drivers understand the benefits of moving to electric vehicles and which models would best suit their lifestyles.
The app, called EV8 Switch, analyses journeys and calculates savings versus petrol and diesel, as well as CO2 and local air quality improvements, as well as looking at which journeys could be completed without the need to charge, and where chargepoints are located.
“I want to not only provide easy access to the tools that people need to feel confident about making the switch, but also to make sure that chargepoints are accessible, affordable and recognisable,” said transport secretary Grant Shapps.
AFP hopes for progress on electric advisory rate
Better news for fleet drivers is that the joint AFP and BVRLA campaign to review the 4p per mile electric vehicle reimbursement rate is starting to see progress.
The organisations described the rate as “not fit-for-purpose” in a letter to HMRC, and AFP chair Paul Hollick described a recent meeting with HMRC as “optimistic” and “pushing at an open door”.
“They appreciate that the 4p doesn’t work for a lot of vehicles anymore, so they have committed to getting that review done as a priority,” Hollick told Company Car Today. “What they can’t do at the moment is give us timescale.”
Hollick said that HMRC is also appreciative that whatever rate is set will need to be recalibrated, most likely annually rather than the quarterly of the petrol, diesel and LPG rates.
The campaign called for action in four areas:
- Review the current Advisory Electric Rate level
- Establish an ongoing review process for the AER
- Create a separate AER for vans
- Begin work on a hydrogen AER
Nissan places Leaf models at Sunderland hub
Nissan has supplied 10 Leaf models to Sunderland City Council’s Mobility Hub project, which aims to promote sustainable travel in the area.
The cars will form part of a zero-emission pool fleet along with 20 e-bikes for council business use, with a long-term plan to make the hub available to the public.
“We’re determined, as a local authority, to set the bar when it comes to taking action and that’s why we’re targeting carbon neutrality as an authority by 2030, and as a city by 2040,” said councillor Claire Rowntree, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council. “Initiatives like this one will put us right at the cutting edge in taking proactive steps to minimise our carbon footprint. We’re looking forward to testing the concept with these stunning Nissan cars that we’re very proud were made in Sunderland.”