Round-Up: New Alphabet deal, Range anxiety ‘biggest barrier to EV ownership’, Chevin expands team

Alphabet signs new deal

Alphabet deal

Alphabet said it has secured a long-term contract with Daikin UK outsourcing its vehicle fleet to the leasing company.

The air conditioning firm operates a fleet of 150 cars and 25 light commercial vehicles and following a fleet review it opted to work with Alphabet on a sole supply basis operating a two-marque company car choice list with BMW and Lexus.

In addition to contract hire with maintenance, Daikin has also chosen Alphabet for a number of additional products and services, including daily and extended rental services, accident management and driver risk with the account being managed by Alphabet’s corporate sales manager Ashley Banister.

Range anxiety ‘biggest barrier to EV ownership’

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Range anxiety is the biggest barrier to electric vehicle ownership, according toVenson Automotive Solutions.

According to a poll by the leasing company, the UK’s charging infrastructure sparks concerns for 69% of motorists, while concerns about a lack of range is the second most popular reason for motorists to dismiss EV ownership (57%).

However, Venson reported that 86% of motorists surveyed said that a ‘lack of clarity in terms of ownership implications as a company car driver is a thing of the past, and more than two thirds of drivers said that they had a good understanding of the costs and convenience of owning an EV.

Chevin expands team

Chevin appointments

Chevin Fleet Solutions said that Will Wycks, former head of transformation, data and customer excellence at BT Fleet Solutions and Ray Creamer, Jaguar Land Rover’s previous international IT demand and operations manager, have joined its board of directors.

Wycks joins the company as global marketing director while Creamer will take on the role of global delivery director.

“Both Will and Ray bring with them skillsets that will add tremendous business value. With over 24-years combined experience in their respective business areas, they have a high level of credibility and we are very excited to welcome two industry leaders to the board,” said  Ashley Sowerby, Chevin’s CEO and founder.