BP Pulse hits record despite lockdown

The BP Pulse public charging network has delivered almost 20% more energy in the first 40 days of 2021 than it did for 2020, according to the company.

BP Pulse said that the figures suggest electric vehicles are now essential vehicles for more households.

Charging sessions at the company’s 50kW chargers were up 36%, with energy supplied up 49%, while the 150kW chargers were up 34% and 41% respectively, figures that also suggest drivers are letting their batteries drop lower before charging.

“Despite the lockdown, demand for EV charging on the BP Pulse public network has remained incredibly strong,” said Matteo de Renzi, CEO of BP Pulse. “We expect to see significant growth in the next 12 months as we head towards our 100,000th installation, with the new EV market expected to grow by almost 70% in the UK in 2021.”

Fleets urged to plan for end of lockdown

Forward planning of vehicle maintenance is “essential” to ensure maximum uptime as lockdown rules relax, according to ATS Euromaster.

The company has warned that as the country gets back on the road, there will be increased pressure on workshop bays, and recommended fleets should bring forward tyre replacements as stocks could also be low. It also said that vehicles that have seen little use in recent months should be given a duty of care check, and warned fleets to check the MoT status of vehicles being used by their staff, as the extensions offered during the pandemic could lead to dates being missed.

“We would suggest that fleets start preparing to restart as soon as safely possible while most fleets are in downtime, to ensure the fleet is ready to go when lockdown does eventually end,” said ATS Euromaster operations director Mark Holland. “Ensuring fleet uptime is a critical part of fleet management, so planning and preparation now is essential to ensure a fleet returns to operational status successfully when required. Failure to plan properly could result in unwanted vehicle downtime, which could impact business return to profitability.”

New AFRs announced

The latest Advisory Fuel Rate figures have been announced by HM Revenue & Customs, with 1p per mile increases to four of the six main bands. Petrol models with an engine size of 1401-2000cc go up by a penny to 12p per mile and over 2000cc to 18p per mile, while diesels up to 1600cc and 1601-2000cc both get a one penny increase to 9p and 11p respectively. The other rates stay the same.

HMRC assess the rates paid to drivers reclaiming fuel used in a company car on work business every three months, depending on movements in fuel pricing and vehicle efficiency.


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