Round-Up: Centrica/Ford EV deal, New base-spec Arteon, Sir Michael Marshall passes away

Centrica/Ford EV deal

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British Gas owner Centrica has announced plans to offer preferential electricity rates for owners of future Ford electric vehicles.

Ford said Centrica will deliver a home charging installation service and electrified vehicle tariffs from British Gas and Bord Gáis Energy that will allow Ford owners to benefit from lower energy prices for overnight charging.

“Ford is committed to delivering one of the most comprehensive line-ups of electrified vehicles for our customers, powered through the Ford home charger Wall Boxes, said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain. “With its scale, experience and access to the electric grid, our partnership with Centrica will enable us to offer a one-stop shop for our customers as they transition to an electrified vehicle, including exciting new vehicle options, wall box, installation service and electricity tariff.”

VW expands Arteon line-up

Arteon SE 1

Volkswagen has added an entry-level trim to its Arteon model.

Called SE, the order books for the new model opens this week. Initially, it will be offered with a single engine option – a 190hp 2.0-litre petrol unit fitted with a seven-speed transmission, priced from £33,085, however, a new diesel engine will be introduced later this year.

The SE’s equipment consists of 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED lights, adaptive cruise control, a Discover Navigation system with 8.0-inch touchscreen display, three-zone climate control, two USB ports and front and rear parking sensors.

Sir Michael Marshall passes away

Michael Marshall

Sir Michael Marshall – the founder of Marshall Leasing – has passed away, aged 87.

Sir Michael was president, former chairman, former chief executive and majority shareholder of Marshall of Cambridge Holdings, which owns 64% of Marshall Motor Holdings plc.

Marshall Leasing began life 28 years ago as an independent contract hire and fleet management company within the Marshall of Cambridge group.

Jonathan Ross, director of Marshall Leasing, said: “There can be no way of expressing our sense of pride in having been students of the great man. Sir Michael was a true leader and entrepreneur. He led by example, always dedicated to the day job. He was forever challenging us to provide the customer with our best possible service and he put reputation ahead of all things.”