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Electric Van trials on offer for Croydon businesses

Fleetdrive Electric are working in partnership with Croydon Council to provide electric van trials to local businesses. The Croydon Sutton Electric Freight scheme (CSEF), aimed at companies in Croydon and Sutton whose employees use vans most days, is offering discounted leases for six months or a year of a Nissan eNV200 van. With funding from the government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles, this scheme is part of a £13m programme called Go Ultra Low City that is administered by Transport for London and London Councils. Ths programme includes five other projects beside CSEF, such as charging points for residential streets and for car clubs plus rapid charging points, of which the next three Croydon locations are due to be confirmed by the new year. Electric vehicles are exempt from the Congestion Charge in central London, cost as little as 2p per mile to run and…

Ford Transit Plug-in Hybrid Electric Van unveiled

Ford’s plug-in hybrid electric Transit Custom van has made its dynamic debut at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2017 event at Millbrook. The Ford Transit Custom PHEV has an advanced hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range in excess of 31 miles and features the multi-award winning Ford EcoBoost 1.0-litre petrol engine as a range extender to give a total range of some 310 miles. The PHEV approach not only gives a better range than a battery only vehicle, but also offers a higher payload and the ability to offer quick and easy recharging from a standard electricity supply. “For more than 50 years businesses have relied on Ford Transit to get the job done, and we are determined to maintain that tradition as we move into the electric age,” said Mark Harvey, director, urban electrified van programme, Ford of Europe. Ford is the first volume…

Video: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid EV review

Watch our video review of the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Could this be your next company car? The BMW 330e offers an interesting tax-saving proposition for the company car buyer, with official fuel economy figure of almost 150mpg, and the ability to run purely on electric power for up to 20 miles, it qualifies for the £2500 government grant. The theory of the plug-in hybrid is that one car can give you enough battery power to cover your daily commute, while a convenient petrol engine can be relied on for additional weekend travel, or occasional longer journeys. The BMW 330e does just that, with a total combined range from a full tank and full charge of around 370 miles. Tested: 2,000cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive On the Road Price: £33,935 (lease from £394+VAT a…

Driving your lease vehicle abroad this Summer?

If you intend to travel abroad using your lease vehicle you will require a ‘Vehicle On Hire’ (VE103) certificate which entitles you to drive the vehicle in any EU member state. All UK motorists travelling abroad in a vehicle must carry the original Vehicle Registration Document (V5). If your vehicle is leased from Fleetdrive Electric we hold the V5 at our head office, meaning that you need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate (VE103), which is the recognised alternative to the V5 document. A VE103 contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer and enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so. The VE103 is the only legal substitute for the registration document (V5). Photocopies of the V5 or letters of authority are not accepted. It is…

Queen’s speech promises accessible EV charge points

EV Charge points will be required by law at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers under new legislation in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s speech revealed that the installation of public charge points for electric vehicles, as well as a set of common technical and operational standards, are required to ensure that EV public charging is convenient to access and works seamlessly right across the UK. The Government says it also plans to extend compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles, to ensure compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice. The provisions would apply to England, Wales and Scotland. Fleetdrive Electric have welcomed the news as charging infrastructure has been a barrier to EV adoption for a large percentage of the population that are unable to charge…

Tesla tease the new Model Y

Elon Musk has teased Tesla’s next electric sport utility vehicle – the Model Y. Though the teaser tells nothing about the Model Y, Musk clarified that the Model Y won’t be based on the Model S, but on a completely new platform. “Tesla will get rid of the 12-volt battery architecture. It means no more lead-acid battery and a different way to power in-car electronics,” automotive news portal Electrek quoted Musk as saying last month. He expects the new Model Y platform to be ready by late 2019 to 2020, and that it will reduce overall wiring and simplify production. Model Y will be a younger sibling of Model X, just like what Model 3 is of Model S. Thus, this smaller SUV could even be a compact crossover much like the Audi Q3. Tesla recently neared $60 billion market valuation and became the…

FLEETDRIVE ELECTRIC HELP BUSINESSES GET SMART ABOUT WORKPLACE EV CHARGING

To accelerate the UK’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles, Fleetdrive Electric, the sustainable vehicle leasing specialists, introduce ‘Crowd Charge’, a smart electric vehicle charging solution designed specifically with business users in mind. Launched at the edie LIVE 2017 event at Birmingham NEC this week, the bespoke charging solution enables Fleetdrive Electric to provide clients with the complete EV fleet package – a unique, easy to use system for introducing, implementing and managing EV’s at the workplace. Providing workplace charging can effectively double the range of a pure electric vehicle and therefore can significantly increase the potential number of zero emission drivers at any business. It makes sense that when an electric vehicle is stationary for a period of time, it should be charging. Workplace car parks therefore present the perfect opportunity for businesses to support the use of electric vehicles and enable their employees…

Have your say about London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone

With the recent announcement of the introduction of the ULEZ in the central London congestion charging zone beginning 8 April 2019, approximately 17 months earlier than the original start date of 7 September 2020, the Mayor has opened a further consultation on the proposals to improve air quality. The Mayor is also proposing to expand the ULEZ across Greater London for larger vehicles in 2020, and up to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021. Other proposals are for the required ULEZ emission standard for diesel vehicles to include particulate matter (PM) to align with national standards. Find further details and comment on these proposals on the Transport for London website. The ULEZ would replace the £10 T-Charge, which is due to start in October this year. The ULEZ daily fee to drive in the zone will apply 24…

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