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Maintenance provider adds 13 Peugeot electric vans

Kingstown Works Limited has added 13 Peugeot e-Expert vans to a fleet that, across KWL and Hull City Council, to which it is principal provider of housing maintenance, street lighting and vehicle fleet services, already has almost 200 Peugeots.

“PEUGEOT products have proven a first line choice for many years for both KWL and HCC,” said Gary Middleton, HCC Fleet Manager. “Given PEUGEOT’s previous work in providing a wide range of vehicles for both KWL and HCC, the PEUGEOT e-Expert was a natural successor to progress the continuous electrification of our fleet.

Kuga PHEV deliveries suspended in battery recall

Ford has paused deliveries of its new Kuga plug-in hybrid model and will next month commence a fix for existing customers that have been told not to charge their vehicles until the battery pack is replaced.

The company has given drivers a £500 fuel voucher to compensate for not being able to run on electric, and will focus on repairs for the 1,800 UK cars already on the road before then recommencing sales of the PHEV, with all vehicle repairs expected to be completed by March 2021.

The ‘self-charging’ hybrid model is still due in the UK early next year, and is already available for order.

Problems with the PHEV and a six-month Covid-related delays to the electric Mustang now not due in the UK until at least May 2021 have meant Ford was struggling to hit its EU average CO2 emissions goal, so to avoid large fines it has pooled with Volvo.

October market stable: BCA

Despite building lockdown restrictions in the north of the country during last month, demand for used vehicles remained strong in October with values averaging over £8,000 for the fifth month in a row, according to remarketing giant BCA.

The figure of £8,152 was a small drop on September 2020, down £211, but still higher than August.

“October is typically the time of year when we start to see a shift in demand, and there was a feeling throughout the month that trading was moving towards a more seasonal pattern,” said BCA COO UK Remarketing Stuart Pearson. “After the pent-up demand seen over the previous five months, it was not unexpected to see the market start to gravitate towards more seasonal behaviour.  However with the onset of Lockdown 2.0, we could see some short-term volatility and would strongly encourage our customers to use the most up to date decision intelligence as the market moves over coming weeks.”

 

Coffee with…Martin Gurney, Fleet and Used Vehicle Director, Citroen, DS & Peugeot

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