Round-Up: eVito on sale, Vauxhall launches rental scheme, Renaults for Aberdeen Council

Mercedes-Benz eVito on sale now


Mercedes-Benz Vans’ eVito electric van has gone on sale and is priced from £39,895, excluding the Government’s £8,000 Plug-In Van Grant.

It is powered by an 85kW powertrain, has a 92 mile range and has a six-hour charging time, based on a three-phase supply.

Its standard specification that mirrors the normal Vito range and includes Hill Start Assist,  electrically adjustable heated exterior mirrors, sliding doors on both sides of the vehicle,  wood flooring, as well as eVito only features such as Mercedes Pro connect, a heated drivers’ seat,  air conditioning, a four-metre charging cable and a CanTrack vehicle tracker.

Vauxhall launches rental programme

vauxhall combo

Vauxhall has launched a contract-hire rental programme aimed towards small businesses.

The firm said its Ready4Business rental programme offers contract hire options on its vans, including the Combo Cargo and the all-new Vivaro.

Vauxhall said its programme offers immediate delivery and short rental periods from just two years up to five years to gives SME customers flexibility in the current uncertain business climate.

The Vivaro is available in two variants, starting from £229 per month with a matching initial rental of £229 (excluding VAT), while the Combo Cargo is available in two versions, starting from £199 per month with a £199 initial rental (excluding VAT)..

Contract hire for the Ready4Business scheme is provided through Free2Move Lease, led by Vauxhall’s parent company, Groupe PSA. Agreements are tailored to suit the needs of the customer, the firm added.

“With these new and exciting offers, customers have the chance to get a van for their business at an exceptional rate, whilst enjoying a franchised dealer experience, immediate delivery and an outstanding customer experience delivered from Vauxhall’s retailer network,” said Richard Hughes, Vauxhall’s LCV director. “Both the multiple award-winning Combo Cargo and the best-selling British-built Vivaro offer maximum practicality, comfort and economy to SMEs across the UK, helping to drive their businesses further.”

Aberdeen Council takes on Renaults

Aberdeen City Council adds over 200 Renault Pro vehicles to its award-winning fleet operation (2)

Aberdeen Council has taken on 200 Renault vans following a 12 month trial period in which it assessed its options.

The authority ordered 55 Renault Master Panel Vans, 83 Renault Master conversions, 43 Renault Trafic Panel Vans, 29 Renault Kangoo Panel Vans, three pure-electric Renault Kangoo Z.E Panel Vans and one Renault Trafic Passenger Van.

It is the first time that Aberdeen City Council has chosen Renault vehicles for its fleet and the order means Renaults account for nearly half of its commercial vehicle fleet, replacing similar vehicles from a variety of other brands.

They will be used by several different divisions, including roads, grounds, building and IT, to conduct vital works in an eight-mile radius of Aberdeen’s centre, Renault said.