Rapid-charge option now standard on Skoda Enyaq
Skoda has upgraded the charging speed on its Enyaq electric vehicle by making the fast-charge option standard on all cars in a move that will benefit drivers using the public charging infrastructure.
Previously a £440 extra, it means all Enyaq 60 models now charge at a maximum of 100kW rather than the previous 50, while the larger battery in the Enyaq 80 charges at 125kW rather than the 100 that was previously standard.
New Energy Storage Systems to power trickier EV charge spots
National Highways, which runs England’s strategic road network, has announced a “multi-million pound” investment in Energy Storage Systems for service stations where the grid supply is inadequate for the installation of rapid charging infrastructure.
The move is part of the Government’s goal of 6000 rapid chargers on the motorway network by 2035.
“By supporting the expansion of the rapid charge points network, we hope to increase EV drivers’ confidence for all types of journeys, both long and short,” said Malcolm Wilkinson, head of energy for National Highways. “These new Energy Storage Systems and the rapid chargers they supply, will ensure that motorists are unlikely to be caught without somewhere to charge, which is a fantastic move for drivers and the environment accelerating the speed in which we transition to new electric vehicles.”
Renault seeking new fleet boss
Renault is the latest company to be recruiting a new fleet boss following the departure of Mark Hawkins from the company just over half a year after taking the role. Hawkins was appointed to replace Mark Dickens, who moved to head-up Renault’s Elexent business designed to help smooth the uptake of electric vehicles in terms of charging solutions.
Hawkins’ new position is yet to be confirmed, although not thought to be with another manufacturer. Sister brand Nissan is also looking for a new fleet boss after the departure of Peter McDonald to Ohme in September, while the promotion of Henry Williams within VW Group earlier this month has also left Skoda needing to appoint a new head of fleet.