DEFRA replaces 400 diesel cars with hybrids

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is replacing more than 400 diesel company cars with Toyota Auris hybrids.

Some have already joined the fleet, while the remaining vehicles will be added throughout 2018 as part of a rolling replacement process. They will be used by four DEFRA organisations: the Environment Agency, Marine Management Organisation, Rural Payments Agency and Animal and Plant Health Agency. FSP_Toyota_DEFRA_Burnaston016

Jim Gregory, strategic fleet manager for DEFRA Group Fleet Services said: “The cars from these four DEFRA organisations already represent one of the lowest CO2 emitting fleets in the UK and we have reduced nitrogen oxide gases (NOx) emissions, linked to respiratory illness, by nearly 10 percent, and CO2 by nearly 30 per cent, across our 7,000 cars, commercial vehicles, plant and machinery.

“We have challenged ourselves to go even further by buying only hybrid or electric vehicles from 2025, replacing our current fleet of diesels with cleaner vehicles and setting targets for NOx as well as CO2 emissions.”

“We’re balancing a challenging ambition against the needs of our vehicle users, while keeping a close eye on new and emerging technology which can help us reduce our harmful emissions even further without increasing our costs.”

Chevin launches SME fleet management package

Fleet software specialist Chevin has launched a new service known as Fleetwave Core, which is a “pre-configured” version of its existing Fleetwave management system, designed for smaller organisations and available at a lower cost.

“Core is comprised of all the key tools and reports that most organisations will need to run an effective fleet operation, and we are continuously updating the application with new features,” said managing director, Ashley Sowerby.

“Many organisations we speak to still rely on out-of-date legacy systems, spreadsheets and paper-based methods to manage their fleet. The biggest barrier for most smaller organisations looking at enterprise fleet software is the initial investment and lengthy delivery times. Developing a pre-configured version of our product that can be instantly deployed but still expanded with additional functionality post-installation has allowed us to offer the benefits of Fleetwave to a much wider market”

RCI appoints Lee Wheeler and Fiona Mackay

RCI Financial Services has appointed Lee Wheeler (pictured) as sales director and Fiona Mackay as marketing director. Lee Wheeler RCI 2018

Wheeler joins from Fiat Chrysler Group’s Captive Bank, UK, where he held the position of sales and marketing director and was previous Honda’s fleet boss.

Mackay joins from Toyota Financial Services, where she held the position of general manager, marketing and digital experience.