Round-Up: C5 Aircross PHEV specs, Volvo offers free electricity, New IAM chair

Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV specs confirmed

C5 Aircross PHEV

Citroen has confirmed its forthcoming C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid is priced from £35,340.

The first deliveries of the model are due to commence in the middle of next year and the firm said it will offer up to 31 miles of electric-only range, emit 39g/km of CO2 and return 166mpg.

The French brand said the model is the “first step in Citroen’s electrification offensive”, adding that electric and plug-in hybrid options will feature across the range by 2025, alongside existing petrol and diesel powertrain options.

Volvo offers free electricity for a year

XC40 PHEV 4

Volvo has announced it will offer a year’s free electricity when a customer takes on any plug-in hybrid model from its range.

The offer is open to both fleet and private motorists and the firm said it is automatically available to any customer purchasing a new Volvo plug-in hybrid, from now until 30 June 2020.

The electricity costs for charging their car will be calculated from May 2020 and repaid to them at the end of the 12-month period, based on a third-party-provided average cost of electricity in the UK, Volvo said, adding that because its intention is to encourage drivers to get into the habit of keeping their car’s hybrid battery charged, the company car driver will receive the refund at the end of the year rather than their employer.

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK managing director, said: “At Volvo, in keeping with our Swedish roots, we’ve always taken a keen interest in looking after the environment. Our recently stated ambition to become a carbon-neutral company by 2040 shows we are serious about addressing climate change. It’s crucial that we help our plug-in hybrid customers understand how they can make the most of their car’s electric potential. So, by meeting their electricity charging costs for a year, we can encourage them to develop the good habit of regularly recharging their car’s battery, as well as saving them money at the same time.”

New IAM chair

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IAM RoadSmart has appointed Derek McMullan as its new Chairman with immediate effect, replacing Andy Barratt.

He joined the IAM Council in 2009 and was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2015 and is the founding Chairman of Worcestershire and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists.

“Our aim is to significantly reduce the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads and I believe this is entirely realistic and achievable. I am looking forward to working with my fellow IAM RoadSmart members, the charity’s executive team and our amazing volunteer network in making this vision a reality.”