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Round-Up: BCA launches EV auctions, Fire services take on XC60s, Gibson joins London TravelWatch

BCA launches EV auctions

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Remarketing giant BCA has launched an online-only fortnightly auction dedicated to electric and  hybrid vehicles, with 100 units being sold at each event.

The new programme launched on Tuesday 26th November at 2pm, with sales staged subsequently every fortnight.  Vendors committing vehicles to the programme include Tusker, BCA Outsourced Solutions, Zenith, Ogilvie and RCI and the first sale offered fourteen different derivatives of electric and hybrid vehicles for sale, BCA said.

BCA Online operations director, Duncan Reaney, said: “BCA continues to see strong growth in sales to digital bidders and the creation of specialist events, such as this newly launched EV/Hybrid e-Auction, make it easy for professional buyers to locate the vehicles that they are interested in. Using decision intelligence to determine the optimal channel to market whilst developing digital products to support our customer’s physical activities are important elements of BCA’s strategy.”

Fire services take on XC60s

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Two fire and rescue services have taken delivery of 13 new Volvo XC60s with the firm’s B4 diesel mild-hybrid powertrain, in a move to lower fleet emissions and fuel consumption.

The additions are part of a joint investment by the Shropshire and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Services in a fleet of 53 XC60s.

“Importantly, as a public sector organisation, Whole Life Costs are critical and the excellent specification of the XC60 was part of its appeal with very few modifications needed to make it fit for purpose,” said  Jeffrey Dickson, transport manager for Hereford a nd Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Modifications include a covert blue light system and communications equipment, while the boot lining and floor mats were also changed to more practical alternatives, the Swedish firm said.

Gibson joins London TravelWatch

Emma Gibson has been appointed as a director of London TravelWatch, a statutory watchdog for transport users in and around London.

London TravelWatch is sponsored and funded by the London Assembly, which is part of the Greater London Authority, and is independent from transport operators.

Gibson previously worked for the Friends of the Earth as Acting Director of Campaigning Impact and said: “I’m really excited about boosting the voice of transport users in our campaigns to improve public transport into and around London. I’m looking forward to building a close relationship with the London Assembly Transport Committee and working together to make London’s transport system the best in the world.”