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Round-Up: Ex-Seat fleet boss joins Nissan, Manheim takes on 55 Superbs, Chargemasters powers 1.5m miles a week

Ex-Seat fleet boss joins Nissan

Peter McDonald

Nissan has appointed former Seat fleet boss, Peter McDonald as its new fleet director.

The Japanese car maker said his hiring is part of a plan to continue its efforts to lead the UK market as the largest and most comprehensive supplier of electric vehicles.

“Corporate fleets are currently managing the complexity that comes from the inevitable transition to electric vehicles and are looking for trusted and experienced partners that can provide support and advice,” he said. “I’m really excited to be joining the brand that has the most experience in selling electric vehicles to fleets in the UK, and looking forward to working with the Nissan leadership team, dealer network and supplier base to simplify this complexity and accelerate this change for customers.”

Manheim takes on 55 Skoda Superbs

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Remarketing company Manheim Inspection Services has added 55 Skoda Superb estate vehicles onto its fleet.

Finished in SE Technology trim, the cars include an Amundsen sat-nav system with an eight-inch touchscreen and integrated Wi-Fi, tinted glass, 17-inch alloy wheels, a three-spoke, multi-function steering wheel, and SmartLink+ technology that allows drivers to integrate their smartphones into the car’s central screen.

Alan Barratt, group supply chain director at Cox Automotive, who ordered the cars on behalf of Manheim Inspection Services, said: “The Superb is utilised by our team of vehicle inspectors, and their continued positive feedback on the car made the choice easy when it came to renew the fleet. The Superb is refined, reliable and packed full of tech – it suits our business well. Our existing Skoda Fleet had covered some 2.3 Million miles without a single mechanical failure – the ‘Superb’ truly lives up to its name. ”

Chargemasters powers 1.5m miles a week

BP Chargemaster's first 150kW ultra-fast chargers at BP Cranford, near Heathrow (1)

Public charging points operated by BP Chargemaster are now regularly supplying more than 60 MWh (60,000 kWh) of energy per day, equating to around 1.5 million miles per week of driving by electric cars, the firm said.

Based on the average UK new car carbon dioxide emissions figure of 124.5g/km, electric vehicles using BP Chargemaster’s public charging points are avoiding around 300 tonnes of CO₂ emissions every week, it added.

David Newton, COO of BP Chargemaster, said: “Powering around 1.5 million electric miles a week makes us the most-used public charging infrastructure operator in the UK and we are proud to serve thousands of electric vehicle drivers every day. We have seen incredible growth in the utilisation of our public charging network over the past 12 months, with both the number of charging sessions and number of users more than doubling, and the amount of energy supplied almost tripling. This reflects the larger batteries and the longer distances being driven by the latest electric vehicles.”