Short-term leasing ‘critical’ to mass EV adoption
Drivers being able to use an electric vehicle for a few weeks to familiarise themselves with the technology will be “essential” to the mass uptake of the technology, according to new mobility provider SoGo.
The company claimed that drivers using a vehicle for short periods will be “convinced by the low running costs and driving dynamics”.
“Private motorists and small business owners will still face concerns around range anxiety and using new technology,” said SoGo managing director Karl Howkins. “The ability to use an electric vehicle for a month or two will overcome driver concerns and accelerate the adoption of this important technology.”
SoGo’s fleet will initially be 35% electric, a figure it said will rise in the coming months. The company offers flexible leases of between one month and four years, and is aiming to build a fleet of arounf 5000 vehicles in its first year.
PSA and FCA merger confirmed
The parent company of Citroen, DS Automobiles, Peugeot and Vauxhall has had its prospective merger with FCA, which owns Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Fiat Professional, approved by shareholders, with the deal expected to be completed on 16 January.
The move will create a new company called Stellantis arching over all the brands.
New rental and leasing boss for Kia
Gary Curran has been appointed to the position of leasing and rental manager at Kia UK, having been promoted from his previous role as RV and fleet operations manager for the brand. Curran has been with Kia for three years, having spent the previous 17 with Venson Automotive Solutions.
“I am thrilled to be starting my new role and reacquainting myself with industry colleagues in the Leasing & Rental sectors, as well as increasing the brand’s portfolio of valued partners,” said Curran. “It’s been a difficult year for everyone, however Kia is in a good place to work with our partners and continue to support the industry with effective business solutions in 2021 and beyond.”