Afternoon round-up: CO2 increase for Mini PHEV, new Company Car Tomorrow magazine online, iX3 previews electric BMW SUV

BIK increase for Mini PHEV

The switch to the latest emissions testing data has prompted a CO2 increase for Mini’s Countryman plug-in hybrid that will mean additional benefit-in-kind tax payments in four figures for a higher-rate tax payer.Mini Countryman PHEV

The car goes from 49g/km to 56g/km in the latest model year change, putting it up three benefit-in-kind bands as it tips over the 50g/km threshold.

It also moves the car from category two to category three of the Government plug-in car grant, though at this stage it doesn’t affect the £2,500 grant off the list price. The Government is though looking to revamp the scheme.


New Company Car Tomorrow online now

The latest edition of Company Car Tomorrow, which looks at what fleets need to know about the latest powertrain, technology and mobility advances, is now online.

The new issue of our sister title looks at the rise of the luxury electric vehicle, what vehicle-to-grid charging means for users, and gives a comprehensive run-down of the various public EV charging networks. Hyundai also discusses how different powertrains will evolve and we look at how researchers are seeking to combat potential car sickness while trying to work in fully autonomous vehicles. Find the digital magazine online at

The new issue includes a guide to the best charging infrastructure for your fleet, how electric vehicles are going upmarket and a look at the latest safety issues around self-driving cars.


BMW previews its first electric SUV

BMW has given a strong hint as to the look of its first all-electric SUV, with the Concept iX3 leading to a new full electric SUV due in 2020 that will become the brand’s third full EV behind the i3 and a new all-electric Mini due next year.

The concept car has a quoted 270hp battery powertrain and a 249-mile range.