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BP Chargemaster and Polar rebranded to BP Pulse

BP Chargemaster and the Polar public charging network have both been rebranded to BP Pulse from the beginning of December.

BP Pulse logo 2020BP acquired the Polar and Chargemaster brands in 2018, and the company’s app has been rebranded, along with the launch of the new website, while the Polar public charging network will be gradually rebranded over the coming weeks. The Pulse website includes a live network map featuring the ability to start and stop chargers via a smartphone browser, without registering or having to download the app.

BP Pulse, which already said it is the UK’s largest charging network, claimed its number of charging points will grow by 250,000 in 2021.

Q3 becomes eighth Audi to get PHEV powertrain

Audi has added yet another plug-in hybrid to its line-up with the confirmation that the Q3 crossover, and its Q3 Sportback sibling, will become the brand’s eighth PHEV.

Audi Q3 PHEV 2020The combination of 1.4-litre petrol engine and 85kW electric motor make for a combined 245hp, along with an electric-only range of 30 miles that scrapes the car into the 10% BiK band.

“TFSI e models are a perfect stepping stone on the path to electrification for Audi customers who are keen to play their part in the decarbonisation of our environment, but who are perhaps delaying making the leap of faith to a full EV due to lingering concerns about charging and range,“ said Audi UK director Andrew Doyle. “Like our other PHEV models, the new Q3 TFSI e can help to allay those concerns by proving how easily an EV can be assimilated into life, while also offering the safety net of an economical combustion engine which can greatly expand its range and refuelling possibilities if required. It’s a great way to begin gradually embracing the future of mobility.”

The car will be available to order from next spring, at which point pricing and specification details will be revealed.

TMC updates EV reimbursement guide

TMC has updates its free guide on electric vehicle reimbursement options, covering the alternatives for reimbursing drivers for business mileage in pure electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles, and both company and private vehicles.

TMC EV reimbursement 2020
“Fuel savings are a key advantage of electric vehicles and a business’s fuel reimbursement policy can be used to encourage positive driver behaviour and drive down costs,” said Paul Hollick, managing director at TMC. “As such, the reimbursement policy should be established as part of the whole life cost analysis before implementing electric vehicles.  Our guide seeks to help businesses with this by highlighting the ways in which employees can be fairly reimbursed within HMRC’s guidelines.”

The guide can be downloaded from here

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