Round-Up: New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV CV, BVRLA leasing broker contracts on the rise, DfT concerned by CCT report

New Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV CV released


Mitsubishi has confirmed the facelifted version of its Outlander PHEV Commercial Vehicle is on sale now, priced from £25,113, including the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant.

Unlike plug-in hybrid cars, plug-in hybrid vans are eligible for the grant, which cuts up to £8,000 off the price of an alternatively-fuelled van.

The vehicle has a flat load area that measures 1,650mm in length, 1,000mm in width (measured between the wheel arches), 800mm high at the tailgate and has a maximum payload of 510kg.

Standard kit includes 18” alloy wheels, a heated windscreen, heated seats, heater and air-con scheduler function, reversing camera and electronic parking brake. It also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with Bluetooth connection and a DAB radio.

BVRLA leasing broker contracts on the rise

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The number of new BVRLA leasing broker contacts issued in 2018 increased by 9,658 compared with the previous year, the latest statistics from the rental and leasing lobby group show.

For cars, personal contract hire  continues to dominate the sector representing 57% of all car leasing contracts on fleet, whilst business contract hire (BCH) was down from 42% to 38% of cars on fleet, the BVRLA said.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney (pictured) said: “Vehicle leasing remains strong as drivers continue to move away from vehicle ownership to usership and look for cleaner, affordable vehicles. These latest figures reflect the fact that members are dealing more with personal customers than ever before. Although business customers continue to be vital, the growth appears to be in the business-to-consumer market and that affords some great opportunities for our members.”

DfT ‘concerned’ by Company Car Today report into Ecotricity

Ecotricity Motorway charging points - main image

The Department for Transport has expressed concerns about motorway charging points following a Company Car Today investigation into the Ecotricity network in December.

Responding to a Written Question asked by Lord Berkeley, Baroness Sugg said “it is vital drivers can rely on public chargepoints being in service.”

“The Department is therefore concerned to hear reports of this not being the case, and has raised concerns with the service providers,” she said, although she added that “chargepoints at motorway service areas are provided under private commercial arrangements which the Government is not party to.”