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Round-Up: Facelifted VW Transporter, Mitie takes on electric vans, ‘Axe clock changes to save lives’

Facelifted VW Transporter on sale now


Order books have opened for the revised Volkswagen Transporter van, which is priced from £21,635 excluding VAT.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said it is reducing complexity and offering only Startline and Highline models, with Sportline to follow later. The Startline trim will be available in T26 (SWB only), T28, T30 and T32 in short or long wheelbase and with a 2.0-litre diesel 90, 100 or 150hp engines. Highline models are also offered with a 2.0-litre 199hp diesel with standard seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive is available in combination with certain 150 and 199hp units.

Mitie takes on electric vans

Mitie's first electric vans

Facilities management company Mitie has taken on its first electric vans, as part of a commitment to switch 20% of its 3,587-strong car and van fleet to electric power by 2020.

A spokeswoman for the firm could not confirm to Company Car Today how many Nissan e-nv200 vans have joined the existing fleet of 98 electric cars already on the roads, as some vehicles are yet to be delivered.  Mitie said it is aiming to have 200 EVs on the roads by the end of the year with a further 300 on order and the spokeswoman said 560 EVs (both cars and vans) have been ordered so far this year.

Mitie added it is also investing in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure and will be installing around 800 electric vehicle charge points at employees’ homes, offices and customer sites.

Simon King, fleet and procurement director at Mitie, said: “We’re delighted to see Mitie’s first-ever electric vans join our fleet, as our electric vehicle commitment rapidly becomes reality. Given that we run one of the UK’s largest fleets, with our 20% by 2020 pledge I’m proud that we’ve already set an ambitious target that sees us at the forefront of EV adoption. While we’re well on track to meet our goals, we all need to go further faster, if we want to limit the impact on climate change. We’re already looking ahead past cars and small vans, to see how we can get every other Mitie vehicle, from larger vans to scaffolding trucks and gritters, switched to electric as soon as possible.”

Axe clock changes to save lives, urges road safety body


RoSPA has called for the Government to axe clock changes in order to save lives on the roads.

A trial took place between 1968-71 where the clocks were not turned back and that 2,500 fewer people were killed and seriously injured during the winters of 1968/69 and 1969/70 compared to the previous two year, a reduction of 11.7%.

RoSPA’s chief executive Errol Taylor said: “Each year, when the clocks go back in the autumn, there is a marked spike in the number of vulnerable road users killed and seriously injured. From the 1968-1971 experiment, we know we can reduce accidents, particularly those involving child pedestrians, by having lighter afternoons and evenings throughout the year. So the question remains, why aren’t we doing this now?”