We’ve changed our name to DriveElectric

In the world of mobility things are always evolving and, with more than 20 years’ experience in the business, we’re no different. To be the best partner for helping you and your business to move with the times and make your transition to EV mobility, we are transforming our brand and moving to DriveElectric – one brand for all of our services, offline, online, on the phone, face to face. Our name has changed, but rest assured that meeting your fleet requirements with the best-value solutions remains our priority. We understand that the transition to zero emissions for some businesses will take longer than others: it could be 5 weeks, or it could be 5 or more years. Where electric vehicles are not currently a viable option for your business needs, we will continue to provide complete motoring solutions for ALL petrol, diesel and…

Hyundai IONIQ is best plug-in car for fleets

The Hyundai IONIQ is the first car in the world to offer separate hybrid, full electric and plug in hybrid powertrains within one body type. The team at DriveElectric have had a test drive of the full electric version, the Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium 5 Door Hatch. With a 28KwH battery, the 119bhp electric motor offers up to 174 miles (NEDC range) on a charge (we reckon a real-world driving range would be more like 140 miles), with a useful 80 per cent recharge function in just 33 mins. It’s a great looking mid-sized five door hatchback which offers practicality for a family vehicle. With autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and reversing collision avoidance as standard, the Ioniq has achieved 5-stars on the ANCAP safety rating. Available to lease from just £244+VAT a month, and the additional tax benefits, it’s an ideal company car choice,…

Advisory fuel rates from 1 March 2017

HMRC has updated Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) which apply from 1 March 2017. AFRs apply when employees are reimbursed for business travel in their company cars, or where they are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. The following table shows the new rates as well as the previous rates in brackets. The only changes are to petrol rates which have risen by a penny per mile for vehicles over 2000cc and LPG vehicles over 2000cc which is also up by a penny. All other rates remain the same.   Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 11 pence 7 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc 22 pence 14 pence Engine size Diesel – amount per mile 1600cc or less 9 pence 1601cc to 2000cc 11 pence Over…

MINI plug-in hybrid arrives Summer 2017

The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4, MINI’s first production hybrid, will launch in the UK in June 2017. Set to join the rest of the latest Countryman range, the S E plug-in uses an all-wheel drive powertrain that combines a three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and six-speed automatic. The electric motor, which drives the rear wheels, produces the equivalent of 88bhp and the Countryman S E can offer 221bhp in total when the engine and electric motor are both active. In peak performance mode, the Countryman hybrid can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds. MINI says that it’s possible to drive this Countryman on electric power only for up to 25 miles and at speeds of up to 78mph. The lithium ion battery used to power the electric motor is stored under the rear seats, which are slightly raised compared…

Energy Saving Trust offer guide to choosing a company car

Is your company car due for replacement? The Energy Saving Trust have produced an animated guide, narrated by electric car enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, outlining which vehicle technologies are likely to be most suitable for different daily driving routines. The guide also outlines how choosing a suitable low emission vehicle could save you money in company car tax and fuel for private mileage.

See us at GreenFleet Arrive n’ Drive event 22nd September

Fleetdrive Electric are proud to be once again exhibiting at the GreenFleet Arrive ‘N’ Drive event. Held at Rockingham, in Northamptonshire on 22nd September, it’s the UK’s key fleet event dedicated to helping fleet managers lower emissions and costs. This must attend event provides an intensive day of unique driving experiences, insight and information exchange to enable you to make fleet procurement decisions with confidence. Leading manufacturers showcase their current and future innovations, with a vast array of vehicles available for test-drive in a variety of driving conditions and environments. All new cars and small vans produced from September this year must be Euro 6 compliant, and as of September 2016, that will also apply to larger vans as well. So, in readiness, the Arrive’n’Drive is being designed to make sure YOU are armed with everything you need to run a fleet that meets…

Red tape and costs must be cut to improve air quality

Transport for London (TfL) has warned that red tape and costs “must be minimised” for commercial fleets targeted with improving air quality. The capital, which could become a blueprint for other UK pollution hotspots, is due to be the world’s first clean-air zone from September 2020. However, the new mayor of London has drawn up proposals that could see the so-called ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) introduced a year earlier than expected, and more than double in size. Sadiq Khan is proposing the new zone would stretch from north to south circular roads. Under existing plans it was due to only apply to the current congestion charge zone, with drivers of non-compliant cars having to pay £12.50 per day to enter. But Khan now wants to add an additional premium to the congestion charge for the most polluting vehicles from 2017. “I have been elected…

See us at GreenFleet Nottingham on 8th June

GreenFleet NOTTINGHAM is being staged in association with the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) and Nottingham City Council, along with Nottinghamshire County and Derby City Councils. Fleetdrive Electric’s EV experts will be on hand to offer advice and guidance to fleet managers looking to explore how switching to electric vehicles could benefit their organisation. Visitors will get the benefit of one-to-one sessions with experts in electric vehicles and infrastructure, all within a day designed to help stimulate the adoption of EV’s on the regions streets. GreenFleet NOTTINGHAM will be hosted by Quentin Willson and the day consists of TEST DRIVES, group workshops and informative seminars and there will also be a chance to network and share industry knowledge. The Format: Breakfast, all day refreshments and a buffet lunch TEST DRIVE the latest brand new cars from leading brands A gathering of 45+ fleet…

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