New 236-bay charging centre at Brent Cross

Brent Cross shopping centre will have a new 236-bay shopping centre installed over the next five years.

Claimed to be the largest EV charging facility in the country, the Franklin Energy installation will happen across a series of phases, the first of which will be completed this year with the installation of 50 22kW fast-charge points and a pair of ultra-rapid 350kW points in the western overflow car park.

“The installation of the UK’s largest EV charging facility will not only attract more visitors to our centres at a time when we are expecting to see a significant increase in electric vehicles on the roads, but also shows our continued commitment to tackling climate change, as we continue our journey towards becoming net positive by 2030,” said Louise Ellison, group head of sustainability at Brent Cross part-owner Hammerson. “Combined with our renewable electricity contracts, this service has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of visitors to Brent Cross by supporting the transition to electric vehicles.”

CCT Innovation Awards judges confirmed

The judging panel for the inaugural Company Car Today Innovation Awards has been confirmed, Company Car Today Innovation Awards Logo 2021 - Main logowith Association of Fleet Professionals chair Paul Hollick, TR Fleet managing director Julie Summerell and former fleet manager and fleet consultant Nigel Trotman joining Company Car Today Editor Paul Barker and Contributing Editor Tristan Young on the five-person panel.

The awards, which will be announced in our August issue of CCT, reward those companies and suppliers doing something innovative to help companies run their fleets greener, cheaper, more easily or simply better.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 May, and entries are already coming in across the 10 categories. For more see www.comapnycartoday.co.uk/innovationawards.

Strong used demand to continue into June – Glass’s

The used car market showed strong performance last month, with the good demand levels expected to continue into June, according to vehicle valuations expert Glass’s.

Jayson Whittington Glass'sAlthough, said Glass’s chief editor Jayson Whittington, the wholesale market “spluttered back into life” following the easing of lockdown restrictions in mid-April, it has continued to strengthen over the past few weeks, with the number of cars selling first time at auction up 1.7 percentage points in April, compared to March, to 84.4%.

Whittington said current demand levels will remain at the current levels well into June, although supply is less easy to predict.

“More part-exchanges should begin flowing through to auction channels now that the new car market is producing reasonable numbers, and fleet registrations indicate that lease vehicles are being changed, which will lead to more de-fleets, so it will be interesting to see how the supply and demand dynamic develops over the next couple of months,” he concluded.

 

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