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Citroen makes e-C4 more accessible with new trim levels

The entry price of the electric Citroen e-C4 has dropped to under £30,000 before the £1500 Government plug-in car grant with the introduction of a new Sense trim level.

The revamped range now starts at £29,995 for the Sense spec, whereas the previous Sense Plus was at £32,585. The price drop is accompanied by a reduction in specification for the new entry car, with navigation, reversing camera and head-up display no longer fitted, although it does still get rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and 18-inch alloys.

The mid-spec Shone Edition also qualifies for the Government grant, scraping £5 under the threshold at £31,995 compared to the outgoing Shine trim’s £33,535 for a car of the same specification level.

The top-spec Shine Plus – the best seller in the previous line-up – remains, although is up by £810 to £34,995, and doesn’t get the £1500 Government contribution as it’s over the £32,000 threshold.

The move comes 24 hours after Citroen announced price cuts on its electric e-Berlingo and e-Spacetourer to get both MPVs below the grant threshold.

AFP launches Fleet Academy

The Association of Fleet Professionals has launched the new AFP Fleet Academy, described as the “last remaining business from the merger between ACFO and ICFM” almost two years ago.

The AFP has now taken control of all professional tuition activities from the Institute of Car Fleet Management, and has announced the training programme for 2022.

“Over the last year, we have been integrating all of our courses and bringing ICFM members into the AFP, said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “We are now ready to launch our new programme, which we believe provides an outstanding framework for fleet professionals looking to enhance their skills.”

“Interest in training across the fleet sector has been increasing in recent years, especially since the start of the pandemic, something that has been prompted in part by a desire to keep on top of emerging trends such as mobility and electrification,” he continued.

Based on the previous ICFM structure, the core training programme for 2022 offers professional accreditation at three levels – Introductory, Strategic and Advanced. Details about all the courses, and others including Making the Switch to Electric Vehicles training courses being held around the country during the year, are available at the AFP website.

Interest in sustainable living on the rise

More than a third of Brits are living more sustainable since the beginning of the pandemic, with activities such as buying more plastic-free products and increasing recycling, according to research by Volkswagen Financial Services.

It also said 54% of Brits are planning to buy more sustainable products in the next three months, with under-35s significantly more likely to be living more sustainably than two years ago.

More than a quarter said they are likely to buy an electric car, compared with 17% last May.  By comparison, only 17% said they were comfortable using public transport in the current climate, and 19% said they were likely to buy a petrol or diesel car.

“The pandemic has been a life-changing experience for everybody and as we collectively acclimatise to a new normal, many people are making a proactive effort to create a greener, more sustainable future,” said Volkswagen Financial Services chief executive Mike Todd. “From an automotive perspective, the UK’s electric vehicle revolution is accelerating like never before and I’m really excited to say that mainstream adoption of EVs is getting closer every month.”

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