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25-car Kia EV fleet deal for spirits distributor

Halewood Artisanal Sprits has taken delivery of 25 Kia e-Niro models, with another six e-Niros and three new EV6 electric cars also in the pipeline.

The EV6s will be used by senior management, and the order represents a shift to 90% of the company’s fleet being electric by the end of this month. The firm is to install charging at each of its UK facilities, and has also committed to driver training to ensure its employees get the best out of the move to electric.

“Our previous fleet was made up of diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and we’d monitored the EV market for quite some time before taking the plunge,” said Halewood Artisanal Spirits fleet manager Iain Wilson. “We know that all of our fleet can cope with the car’s range, especially once we have chargers at all of our UK facilities, which will really make a big difference to the ease of adoption.”

Shell targets 50,000 on-street charging posts by 2025

Shell has announced its ambition to install 50,000 on-street charging posts by the end of 2025 through its Ubitricity subsidiary that it acquired in February 2021.

Around 3,600 Ubitricity chargers are already in operation in the UK, using existing street infrastructure such as lamp posts or bollards, and the company has said it will support local authorities via financing offers to install at “potentially zero cost”. This includes the 75% of cost covered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles grant, with Shell covering the rest “subject to commercial terms”.

“It’s vital to speed up the pace of EV charger installation across the UK and this aim and financing offer is designed to help achieve that,” said Shell’s UK country chair David Bunch. “Whether at home, at work or on-the-go, we want to give drivers across the UK accessible EV charging options, so that more drivers can switch to electric.”

Globally, Shell is aiming to grow from its current 60,000 charge points to around half a million by 2025.

Warning over expiring licences

Companies need to be vigilant regarding a pandemic-related extension to expiring driving licences that expires at the end of September, TTC Group has warned.

The DVLA introduced a grace period last year, which meant any licences that expired between 1 February and 31 December 2020 were extended by 11 months, which means any licences subject to the extension will soon have expired.

“The past 18 months have seen a host of regulatory shifts for fleets and drivers, as the Government has responded to the pandemic. As we return to a more normal regulatory environment, it is important drivers aren’t caught out by the end of this extension period,” said Jim Kirkwood, CEO of TTC Group.