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Five-star NCAP for EVs, hydrogen and petrol

The latest round of Euro NCAP crash test scores has awarded the maximum five stars to the electric Audi Q4 e-tron, hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai and the petrol Subaru Outback, as well as the electric Chinese Lynk & Co 01 and Nio ESB not yet sold in the UK.

“This round of tests highlights the direction in which car technology is moving,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen. These are moves driven by a need for greater protection of the environment. But the cars also have some of the very latest active safety technology and this, too is part of a trend that has been going on for some time and will continue to do so.”

Audi kicks off fleet home-charging rebate trial

Audi is running a new pilot scheme with EV payment expert Mina to enable fleets to pull together their employees’ home electric vehicle charging into a single invoice, and reimburse workers through directly crediting their home energy supplier rather than using a regular expense reclaim system.

The trials are beginning with a handful of fleet customers imminently, with a wider roll-out expected next year if the test run is successful.

“All of the charging is accessible through one fleet dashboard, but the key thing from the driver perspective is that they don’t need to charge back through their company expenses, which could be quite problematic if you’re having to go through a home electricity bill,” Audi head of fleet Claire English told Company Car Today. “This recognizes your vehicle, and will credit your home electricity account, so you don’t need an expense claim.

BVRLA updates LCV fair wear and tear guidance

The BVRLA has issues a new Fair Wear & Tear Guide for LCVs, detailing the acceptable condition of a vehicle at the end of a lease.

The organisation said that new guide is more aligned to its Commercial Vehicle guide, and recognises the heavy use most vans are now experiencing. Other changes include the removal of minibuses as they are now covered in commercial vehicles, the removal of limits on the number of dents and scratches within tolerance size, scratch tolerance increased from 25mm to 50mm and windscreen and glass updated to match MoT standards.

Vans have been the unsung heroes of the Covid pandemic and are now driving the recovery,” said BVRLA director of fleet services Amanda Brandon. “Our clear and comprehensive LCV Fair Wear and Tear Guide ensures that these vital vehicles are properly managed through the lease and flexi-rental rental lifecycle and remarketed smoothly and swiftly onto their next user.”

As is the case with the car and commercial vehicle guides, the LCV version now comes in two parts:

  • Information for drivers about how they can avoid end of lease charges, where they get advice on routine maintenance and servicing, tips on appraising the vehicle at end of lease, what they can expect on the day the vehicle is returned and how to complain if things go wrong.
  • The BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Standard, focusing on the condition of the vehicle upon return.

The guide can be purchased in hard copy form from the BVRLA website.