Electric Transit fleet trials commence
Ford has put 10 of its new electric full-size Transit models out into real-life trials with fleets in the UK, Germany and Norway.
The partner fleets include DHL Express, AWB Waste Disposal, Balfour Beatty, City of Cologne municipal fleet and Norwegian Post, with a range of bodystyles – van, double-cab-in-van, chassis cab and a variety of specialist conversions – all included.
“We want to demonstrate that helping customers reduce their environmental impact can go hand-in-hand with improving their productivity,” said Ford of Europe market lead, urban electrified vans, Dave Petts. “Real-world mileage in customer hands helps us to show the business benefits that E-Transit can deliver, as well as providing valuable feedback on usage patterns and charging behaviour so that we can refine the operating experience.”
Land Rover tops theft table as stolen vehicle numbers rise
The easing of lockdown measures has led to a rise in vehicle thefts, according to Tracker, which said that the volume of theft activity was up by 32% at the end of July, compared with the end of January.
Of the top five models on Tracker’s list of recovered vehicles this year, four are Land Rover products, with only BMW’s X5 infiltrating a clean sweep by the Range Rover Sport, Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Evoque.
“Our latest figures show that – just like in 2020 – as prolonged periods of lockdown eased, theft of vehicles increased,” said Clive Wain, Tracker’s head of police liaison. “May was a particularly busy month for criminals who made up for lost time. The total value of vehicles we recovered in May was almost three times higher than in January, with an average vehicle value of more than £31,000, compared to just £13,000 in the first month of the year.”
RED Driver Training eyes corporate growth with new CEO appointment
RED Driver Training has confirmed Seb Goldin will become its new chief executive as it targets continued growth in the corporate driver training sector.
Goldin (pictured) will take up the position on 5 January 2022, tasked with growing the Driver Training and Risk Management business and fleet operations. He is currently TTC Group commercial director, and has previously served as managing director of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, before setting up Business Driver, a driver training company acquired by TTC.
“RED has ambitious plans to continue its expansion in the driver training sector, and Seb is just the person to help drive that growth,” said outgoing CEO Ian McIntosh, who has held the position since 2012, and will remain with the company as a non-executive director. “It is a really exciting and interesting phase in the development of the company and I am confident that Seb and the management team will have great success in the next phase of business expansion.”