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Round-Up: Charge point funding doubles, Puma crossover keeps diesel, New CCT issue

Charge point funding doubles

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced the Government is to double the amount of funding available for electric vehicle chargers on residential streets to £10 million.

According to the Department for Transport, this will pay for 3,600 new points. It said the aim is to make charging easier for those without an off-street parking space.

Ensuring that charging an electric vehicle is a convenient and simple process “is crucial to meeting the government’s ambitions of phasing out petrol and diesel cars”, the DfT said.

“We want to make electric cars the new normal, and ensuring drivers have convenient places to charge is key to that,” Shapps added.

Puma crossover keeps diesel

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Ford has admitted that the 117g/km diesel in its new Puma baby crossover will be the “minority” engine versus the pair of petrol engines when it is added in May, becoming the most efficient choice. The brand maintains there is demand for the fuel type, especially from downsizers coming from larger crossovers where diesel has a higher mix.

New CCT issue out now

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The latest issue of Company Car Today is available to read for free now.

The CCT100 Awards – our countdown of the best 100 cars to meet any company needs – take centre stage, however, the issue also contains reviews of the new Ford Puma and revised Honda Civic.

There are also updates on the CCT long-term fleet, including the Audi Q5 PHEV, BMW 320d, Honda CR-V and Volvo XC60.

Click here to read it.