Round-Up: New Hyundai MD, VW reveals mobile charging station, Change at Alphabet

New Hyundai MD named

Ashley Andrew

Ashley Andrew has been named as Hyundai UK’s new managing director following the departure of Tony Whitehorn.

Andrew joined the company a year ago as its sales director. Prior to that, he served as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for one and a half years.

“There is no doubt that we are facing challenging times that have, and will continue to impact on our industry, however Hyundai is well positioned to continue to outperform the market. Moving forward, my role is to ensure that we continue to focus on delivering the right products and services to our customers whilst also delivering a robust and profitable business plan,” he said.

VW reveals mobile charging station

Power bank for electric cars – the mobile quick charging stati

Volkswagen has revealed a portable electric vehicle charging station.

The German brand said the unit works in the same way that a smartphone power bank does and said it can charge up to 15 EVs at the same time.

A pilot scheme will be launched in Germany in the first half of this year with the chargers set to be rolled on a wider scale next year.

Thomas Schmall, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen Group Components, said:  “The mobile charging stations are a decisive step toward an efficient network of charging points. They can be set up anywhere as required – with or without connection to the power supply. This flexibility enables a completely new approach for the rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure. Cities can, for example, find out the most suitable places for a permanent charging point before making major investments in developing the network. In addition, it will be possible to set up a large number of charging stations temporarily – exactly when and where they are needed.”

Buhagiar now head of operational services at Alphabet

Alphabet employee

Alphabet has named Clive Buhagiar as its new head of operational services.

Previously head of commercial performance at the leasing giant, he has been with Alphabet since the firm acquired ING Car Leasing in 2011.

“My ambition is to help discover and implement new, innovative ways to further enhance and improve our service offering, while adapting to new mobility trends where technology and data offers Alphabet and our customers new challenges and opportunities,” he said.