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Compass PHEV gives Jeep new line of fleet attack

The revised Jeep Compass, which launches with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time, gives the off-road brand a proposition for the company car sector that it has not before offered.

Damien Dally JeepThis car is quite pivotal, it gives us an interesting tool in the arsenal that we haven’t had before,” Jeep UK managing director Damien Dally (pictured) told Company Car Today. “We’re definitely looking to get it in front of people, we’ve got a comprehensive plan to get the car visible to fleets.”

“We must as a brand perform better,” he continued. “We’ve not had a true fleet offering but this car gives us something to talk about.”

The Compass joins the small Renegade plug-in hybrid, with a PHEV version of the new Grand Cherokee due later in 2022.

Gridserve announces Electric Highway charge cost rise

Gridserve has announced prices rises forced by the increasing cost of energy, with its medium-power chargers – typically 60kW – going from 30p to 39p, while the high-power chargers of up to 350kW at its newly developed EV hubs – of which 13 are in construction – will cost 45p per kWh.

The company’s EV forecourts – of which the first one at Braintree is due to be joined by Norwich and Gatwick among others this year – costs 39p per kWh for any charging speed, including 350kW, as the company said its on-site solar power generation and battery storage gives it more control over energy distribution and cost.

“All the new investment into our network, the ‘Gridserve Electric Highway’, has been made so far without changing pricing, as providing low-cost clean energy is really important to us. In fact, we believe we are the last major network to announce price increases.,” said the company’s statement. “However, due to unprecedented spiraling costs impacting the entire energy sector, we have also now had to increase pricing – and to maintain our extremely competitive pricing, adopt a tiered approach depending on the power/location of the respective chargers.”

Used cars hit record age as supply shortages continue to bite: Autorola

The average age of used cars sold via the Autorola portal hit a new high in the final quarter of 2021, as the impact of restricted supply of new car continued to ripple through the industry.

Ex-fleet and dealer part-exchange cars both reached their highest average age this decade, but prices continued to rise as demand continued to exceed supply, with the average up by 5.5% or £948 on Q3 2021.

“We are going to see reduced new car sales continue to fuel an increased demand for used cars throughout 2022,” said Autorola UK group sales director Jon Mitchell (pictured). “Some dealers cleared out some older used stock in Q4 as they reached their year-end but while fleets continue to extend replacement cycles the used car supply shortage is not going to fix itself anytime soon.”

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