Workplace chargepoint scheme gets £50m injection

The Government has confirmed that its workplace charging fund that provides up to £350 towards the cost of a charging point in work car parks will continue for another year.

The scheme gives a grant for businesses to install up to 40 charging points on work premises, and changes to the scheme will allow better access to funding for SMEs and small accommodation businesses such as B&Bs to fit points.

The government has also launched a consultation into improving the charging experience for users, with more information at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-consumer-experience-at-public-electric-vehicle-chargepoints. Proposals include a 24/7 helpline for drivers, more accessible charging availability and pricing data and simplified payment methods.

BCA: Solid start to 2021 despite lockdown

Average used car values rose for the second month in a row in January, despite the UK being mired in a third national lockdown.

Values rose by £154 or 1.9% last month, the third highest monthly rise since the beginning of the pandemic, and the auction giant reported “high levels of activity”, with record buyer numbers joining its virtual sales.

“The restrictions imposed by the third Lockdown have inevitably impacted retail demand.  However, as long as sellers follow the remarketing basics, there is a ready audience of buyers for the widest range of stock,” said BCA COO UK Remarketing Stuart Pearson. “It’s not the frenzy that we would usually see at this time of year, but supply and demand are well balanced and there is a level of pragmatism in the market that is keeping the wheels turning.”

Range Rovers top Tracker’s stolen and recovered list

Land Rover models accounted for 37% of the stolen cars recovered by Tracker in 2020, with the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport topping the chart ahead of BMW’s X5, and the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery also making the top 10.

Keyless theft, where thieves hijack the key fob’s signal to unlock the doors and start the engine, accounted for 93% of all thefts

It should be noted though that Tracker systems are most likely to be fitted to premium models, with the rest of the top 10 made up of the BMW 3-Series and M3, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and C-Class AMG models and the Mercedes S-Class.

Tracker’s head of police liaison Clive Wain said that supply chain problems caused by Covid-19 made stolen vehicles more desirable, to be either stripped for parts or shipped abroad.

 

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