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Round-Up: Grey is most popular colour, Ionity charging changes, Taylor joins DriveTech

Grey named as most popular car colour

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Grey was the most popular new car colour in 2019, according to statistics released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

According to the SMMT, the number of grey cars registered in the year rose 5.3% to 521,273, meaning more than one in five new cars (22.6%) sold last year were painted grey.

Black and white rounded out the top three colours of the paint chart, meaning 60.7% of all new cars joining British roads in 2019 were shades of monochrome, although registrations of black cars were down 2.4% and white cars down 4.1%, the SMMT added.

Ionity changes charging structure

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Electric vehicle charging point company Ionity has announced it is to move to a new kWh-based structure from the end of the month across its network.

The company – which formed as part of a joint venture between BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and the Volkswagen Group – operates a pay-per-vend model with a flat fee of £8 per charging session, however, from the end of the month ad-hoc users will pay 69p per kWh.

Michael Hajesch, CEO of Ionity, said: “Significant investment has helped establish and grow Ionity network to make seamless, high-speed, long-distance electric mobility across Europe a reality. Providing customers with unparalleled levels of service has been key to our business from day one. Looking at the accelerating run-up in electromobility, our new pricing scheme offers an economically viable and transparent pricing structure across Europe.”

Taylor joins DriveTech

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DriveTech has appointed Leo Taylor to the role of head of product solutions.

He joins DriveTech from Alphabet and the BMW Group, where he worked 16 years in a number of roles in business development, sales strategy, new product introductions, and product management.

He said: “Joining DriveTech at the beginning of a new decade is pertinent. The driver training sector has been quite traditionally based but 2020 and beyond presents some great opportunities to innovate, develop new quality training and compliance services, and to help further improve road safety for our clients and society as a whole.”