LEVC reveals LCV
The London Electric Vehicle Company – the makers of the plug-in cab – has revealed a van version of the taxi, ahead of order books opening towards the end of next year.
Based on the same platform as the LEVC TX taxi, the new model has an electric-only range of 80 miles and a combined petrol/electric range of 377 miles.
Its makers said the LCV is aimed at companies and drivers that travel less than 100 miles each day and said it would provide the link between out of town depots and city centres, currently a sector of the market dominated by one tonne medium size diesel vans.
Kwik Fit expands mobile tyre replacement service
Kwik Fit has expanded its mobile tyre replacement network and said it has plans to offer the service in more locations in 2020.
The fast-fitter launched the ‘Mobile7’ network inside the M25 in 2016 and has subsequently expanded the service into other regions across the UK.
It now operates in Southampton/Portsmouth/Winchester, Bristol/Bath/Swindon; Birmingham and the West Midlands; Milton Keynes/Bedford; Manchester/Liverpool and the North West; Leeds/Huddersfield/Sheffield and south towards Derby and Nottingham; Edinburgh and Glasgow, however, the company said it wishes to expand “ into a number of other major conurbations across the UK” in 2020.
Andy Fern, fleet sales director at Kwik Fit, said: “More and more of our business clients are meeting the demands of their customers by providing a seven-day a week service. In turn, Kwik Fit has reacted with ‘Mobile7’ as our customers then also require the same level of support. Kwik Fit recognises the increasing demands on drivers’ time and ‘Mobile7’ is our response to delivering increased flexibility wherever tyres are required to be fitted and we are receiving very positive feedback from customers about the expansion of the service.”
DfT launches hedgehog sign
The Department for Transport has unveiled a new sign to warn of animals on the roads.
The new sign depicts a hedgehog and the DfT said it should be placed in areas where accidents involving animals are at the highest..
The DfT added the small wildlife sign complements other warning signs already used on UK roads, filling a gap between warnings about smaller animals such as migratory toads and wildfowl, and large animals such as deer and livestock.
“The new small mammal warning sign should help to reduce the number of people killed and injured, as well as helping our precious small wild mammal population to flourish,” said Chris Grayling, the transport secretary.