Less than 100 companies apply for ULEZ van funding
Less than 100 small businesses have applied for funding to help scrap polluting vans ahead of the implementation of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in April.
According to the Evening Standard, just 98 small businesses have applied for grants from the mayor of London’s £23m scrappage scheme fund within the first two weeks of it going live. The scheme offers incentives of up to £6,000 to scrap non-ULEZ-compliant vehicles and replace them with EVs.
City Hall hoped the initiative which is aimed at “micro businesses” with up to 10 employees would take 3,500 to 6,000 of the most polluting vans off the streets. But only 98 applications had been received by Transport for London in the first two weeks, the publication claimed.
Fastned to install charging points in NE England
Dutch electric vehicle charging company Fastned has won a tender in the UK to build and operate five charging hubs across the North East of England.
The hubs – located in Gateshead, Blyth, Whitley Bay, Washington, and Kingston Park.- will feature two 50Kw rapid charging units, and the points are being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the UK Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
Michiel Langezaal, CEO of Fastned, said: “Fastned was founded to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, so we are pleased we can start offering fast charging infrastructure in the North East of England. Reliable fast charging infrastructure will make fully electric vehicles just as practical as cars with internal combustion engines. Fastned has the ambition to build a European network of 1,000 fast charging stations and aims to build more fast charging stations in the UK.”
‘Spectrum of acquisition methods’ for fleets in 2019
A “spectrum of acquisition methods” is available for fleets wanting to take on new vehicles in 2019.
That’s according to Phil Jerome, the MD of medium-term rental company Meridian Vehicle Solutions, who claimed that the product is becoming an alternative compared with more traditional methods, such as leasing or short-term rental.
“Fleets have customarily been faced with a choice between acquisition methods that are designed to provide vehicles for days and weeks or for several years. There has been a very obvious gap that was not easily filled, except by expensive options such as pool fleets,” he said. “The emergence of medium-term rental has started to change that picture and fleets are now looking at a spectrum of acquisition methods, with the new option spanning the gap between the two extremes. They can choose the product that fits their current requirement with a much higher degree of exactitude both operationally and economically.”