Government extends on-street charging support with £20m injection
The Government has extended its On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme into 2021/22 with an additional £20m available to local councils for on-street infrastructure.
The money, claimed to be enough to fund up to 4,000 charge points, is aimed to help authorities provide charging facilities for people that don’t have private parking where they can charge an electric vehicle. So far, the scheme has helped more than 140 local projects in the application for almost 4,000 charge points, with the Department for Transport, in conjunction with the Energy Saving Trust, encouraging local councils to apply.
With a world-leading charging network, we’re making it easier for more people to switch to electric vehicles, creating healthier neighbourhoods and cleaning up our air as we build back greener,” said transport secretary Grant Schapps.
Trio of new appointments as Nissan aims for EV fleet leadership
Nissan has made three new appointments within its fleet management team to help push towards its stated goal of being the leader in electric vehicle sales to UK fleets. The company said it is currently the second-largest supplier of electric cars and light commercial vehicles into the UK true fleet sector, and has the new Ariya electric SUV coming this year.
Andrea Patti, Liz Redmayne and Alex Edmond all move from other roles within Nissan and will report to the brand’s fleet director Peter McDonald.
Patti (pictured) becomes Nissan’s new corporate sales manager to take responsibility for all corporate and key account activity, having previously worked as commercial vehicle category manager, a role he held for four years since moving from FCA Group.
Redmayne steps up from her previous corporate sales manager role, where she managed accounts including DPD and National Grid, to the newly created position of national leasing and rental manager. Prior to Nissan, she has worked for Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover and Inchcape Fleet Solutions.
Edmond has been promoted to fleet operations manager, responsible for fleet strategy and marketing, having spent the past two years as fleet campaign deployment manager.
“I couldn’t be more pleased to introduce these new faces to the fleet management team,” said Peter McDonald. “They all have significant experience with both the Nissan brand and our fleet operation, and I am confident they will add immense value and help Nissan to deliver on its ambitions.’’
Enterprise trials hydrogen in Toyota Mirai pilot
Toyota has delivered 17 Mirai hydrogen fuel cell cars to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in a pilot programme to explore alternative fuels.
The cars will be used by Enterprise Car Club members and the company’s own employees to experience how emerging technologies function in real-world scenarios.
“Our goal is to use this fleet of hydrogen vehicles to examine the potential for the technology in practical working environments”, said Iain Macbeth, Enterprise European partnerships and innovation strategy director. “We want to see what role hydrogen vehicles might play in the future advancement of sustainable mobility, to reduce emissions and to help cities, communities and businesses to achieve their air quality goals.”