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Round-Up: Mitsubishi PHEV electric deal, New Transport Committee chair, Allen joins CBVC

Mitsubishi PHEV electric deal

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Drivers that take on a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can get 10,000 miles of free electric as part of a deal between the Japanese manufacturer and OVO Energy.

Customers – both fleet and private users – who order and register a new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV between February 1 and March 31 2020 can get the of 10,000 miles of electric motoring if they switch their domestic supply to OVO Energy’s EV Everywhere bundle, the firms added.

As part of the deal, owners will receive £20 each month into their OVO Energy account for two years, while they can also choose a charging option with either a free OVO Smart Charger or Polar Plus membership included as part of the bundle.

Travelling 10,000 miles in EV-only mode represents a 1,610 tonne reduction in tailpipe CO2 emissions compared to driving a car that produces 100g/km of CO2, while also reducing noise and pollution in urban areas and stop-go traffic, where combustion-engine vehicles are at their least efficient, Mitsubishi said.

New Transport Committee chair

Huw Merriman

Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman has been named as the new Transport Committee chair for this parliament.

The Conservative MP takes over from Labour’s Lilian Greenwood as chair of the cross-party group of MPs that scrutinises and critiques the transport sector, including the Department for Transport and Highways England.

Select Committees reflect the membership of the House of Commons and following the result of the 2019 General Election result, Conservatives hold 16 chair positions, Labour have nine and the Scottish National Party take two. Merriman follows a series of female Labour chairs: Lilian Greenwood (2017-19), Louise Ellman (2008-2017) and Gwyneth Dunwoody (1997-2008).

“It’s important that all forms of transport are scrutinised as we can do better. I don’t believe the sector delivers value across the UK – a lack of competition, accountability and responsibility causes our constituents to received poor service and provision,” said Merriman. “I’ll be seeking ideas for inquiries from across the House but in particular, I would like to look at long-term transport projects such as HS2 and Heathrow; consider the environmental, economic and community costs; and forensically probe the performance of government departments, agencies and industry.”

Allen joins CBVC

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Former ALD Automotive and ARI Fleet boss Keith Allen has joined leasing broker CBVC Vehicle Management as a consultant in order to develop its business.

According to CBVC, he will help it grow both its established corporate leasing brokerage operation, which provides a suite of fleet services to mid-size corporate and SME clients around the UK, and its growing personal contract hire and leasing brand.

“I am very excited to be able to support a growing fleet brokerage business that is well placed to take advantage of the rapid increase in consumer leasing and its highly personalised SME corporate leasing offering,” Allen said.