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Round-Up: New van market falls, Centrica/VW deal, Latest CCT issue out now

New van market falls

Lex Autolease offers two-week EV van tests

The new van market fell by 2.0% during the second month of the year following two months of growth, figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show.

Pickups and small vans weighing less than 2.0 tonnes experienced double-digit declines, with registrations down 10.1% and 11.1% respectively. Mid-size vans weighing 2.0-2.5 tonnes, however, bucked the trend, with demand growing 9.3%, the SMMT said.

Larger vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes made up the bulk of registrations, but were down -2.8%, with 9,082 units registered. Year-to-date, however, the overall market remains ahead by 2.8% on the same period in 2019.

Centrica/VW deal

Energy supplier Centrica and the Volkswagen Group have partnered to provide electric vehicle charging points to EV owners.

The deal will see Elli, a provider of charging hardware and related services for the main Volkswagen Group, work with Centrica-owned British Gas to deliver a package of home charging installations, aftersales services and preparatory electrical upgrades across the UK to help customers to transition to EV smoothly and cost effectively, initially across the Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands with plans for Audi to join later this year.

“I am delighted that Elli have teamed up with Centrica to deliver home charging solutions. This will give customers even more confidence as they make the switch to emission free driving,” said Alex Smith, MD of Volkswagen Group UK.

Latest CCT issue out now

Company Car Today - Issue 69 - 4th March 2020 - Cover Image

The latest issue of Company Car Today is available to read for free now.

The Mini E is our cover star and is put to the test for the first time, while our Big Test focuses on Tesla’s Model 3 EV.

The issue also contains the latest Green Company Car supplement and editor Paul Barker grabs a cuppa and sits down with PSA fleet boss, Martin Gurney.

Click here to read it.