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Longer journeys for EV drivers

More than half of EV drivers have now completed a journey of over 200 miles including charging stops, with almost a quarter having taken a trip of over 300 miles, according to research by Zapmap. Over 7% also said that they had undertaken a round-trip of over 500 miles as confidence in the public charging network and EV range increases.

In a survey of over 3000 EV and PHEV drivers, 91% also said they would not consider going back to a petrol or diesel car, with 8% saying they would consider it and 1% responding that they miss their ICE car.

“The findings of this latest poll certainly give prospective EV buyers something to think about in 2022. For the second year running we’ve seen that those who make the switch to electric simply don’t look back,” said Zapmap COO Melanie Shufflebottom. “It’s also clear from the distances EV drivers have travelled that concerns over range and other historical challenges of owning and running an EV are increasingly a thing of the past.”

NCAP names 2021 crash test stars

Euro NCAP has named its 2021 Best in Class award winners, with Nissan, Skoda, Toyota and Mercedes taking class honours.

Of the 33 cars it tested last year, two-thirds achieved the maximum five stars, and the organisation names its class best in any category that had at least three cars assessed last year.

The Nissan Qashqai was named top small off-roader ahead of VW’s ID.4, and the Toyota Yaris Cross took small MPV with the VW Caddy runner-up, while Skoda picked up both the large off-roader for the Enyaq, just ahead of the BMW iX, and small family car for the Fabia. Mercedes’ new EQS was awarded both executive car and pure electric car, narrowly beating the Polestar 2 in both.

Planning ahead crucial for 2022: Arval

Fleets will need to allocate time to planning ahead in terms of vehicle orders, rentals and service, maintenance and repair work to ensure they aren’t impacted by vehicle and parts shortages, Arval UK has warned.

The continued effect of the pandemic and shortage of semiconductors is set to last well into this year, and manufacturers are prioritising electric vehicles.

“The impact of the pandemic is here to stay for the foreseeable future – and our industry needs to change to stay ahead of the situation, said Arval UK commercial director Paul Hyne

“The pandemic and semiconductor shortages have placed our industry in a position where forward planning is a necessity rather than a nice-to-have.”