Addison Lee to go all-EV by 2023 in £160m investment
Addison Lee has confirmed that it will begin rolling out electric vehicles onto its fleet in November, with the target of 200 new EVs per month in what is the largest single EV order in the private hire industry.
The first new EVs will be Volkswagen ID.4 models, and the company has pledged to play “an active role” in bolstering the charging infrastructure and supporting drivers with access to charging points.
Hitachi to rebrand to Novuna in 2022
Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions has announced a rebrand to Novuna Vehicle Solutions in 2022 as part of a renaming of the Hitachi Capital business divisions, which includes the consumer, personal and business finance arms.
“The vehicle leasing market is rapidly changing and so are we,” said managing director Jon Lawes. “As one of the UK’s largest vehicle leasing companies, working with OEMs right across the spectrum to supply and service fleets of all complexities whilst also growing our personal leasing offering, the Novuna brand provides our business with a clear point of differentiation in the motor industry.”
“Our new brand name is readily aligned to our market leading decarbonisation strategy which is delivering cost and environmental benefits for our customers,” he continued. “Novuna perfectly captures the proposition of our business, working together, and with our customers to become market leaders in electric vehicles and complements our ambition to electrify our entire car and small van fleet by 2030.”
According to the company, Novuna means “new together”, and the rebrand coincides with the change of parent company name from Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC to Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PL following the merger earlier this year of Hitachi Capital Corporation and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance Company Limited.
Toyota mobility brand launches travel app for Derby
A new 18-month trial of an integrated journey app called DerbyGo has been described as the “largest and most ambitious mobility as a service scheme yet to be introduced in the UK”.
Initially focusing on the panning, booking and paying for rail and bus services around the city and college and university sites, further services such as taxis and other bus operators are planned to be added in the future, along with car sharing and access to rental cars at specific locations, monitoring of parking availability with prioritisation for cars with multiple occupants to encourage car sharing, and the addition of an e-bike scheme in 2022.
The app has been developed by Toyota’s mobility brand Kinto – formerly known as Inchcpae Fleet Solutions – in partnership with Derby City Council, University of Derby, Derby College and FOD Mobility Group.