The electrification of vehicles in the UK is generating significant momentum with policy makers, the automotive and energy sectors and significant numbers of consumers all helping to drive forward the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution. Infrastructure remains a problem so Is now the time the think about installing a charger at home or at the workplace?
Although van showrooms have been closed to retail customers over the past two months, a significant proportion of commercial vehicles sales are generally transacted through the phone and online, which allowed businesses to flourish despite the restrictions affecting physical premises.
Benefit for drivers is that they see and hear during their round what's coming up, have all orders to hand, select the next delivery by touch or voice command and can have the system read out the most relevant details about the next delivery: s recipient name, address, type of delivery, any particular place where the parcel should be left and any preferred neighbour to leave it with
The downsides for business were few, such as the increase in Corporation Tax, and there were welcome new measures to encourage apprenticeships as well as an extension to the business rates holiday until June.
Choosing the right van to buy can be a tough decision. Which van is the cheapest, and which costs the least to run? To help van drivers, Confused.com’s research calculates which vans will get drivers the furthest for their money, while also exploring some of the best electric van alternatives, for those who are environmentally conscious.
Research conducted amongst UK businesses before the pandemic, found that more than 58% of UK businesses use their vans every day of the week, with another 23% using them for between 4 and six days per week. But that dependence also requires high levels of flexibility, as the Europcar data revealed.
While COVID-19 meant the usual black tie ‘do’ was not possible, the virtual event allowed staff from across the brand’s 63 Van Centres and 33 Authorised Repairers to celebrate safely together in their Centres, with a new video format enabling teams to see what their colleagues had done and how they had adapted to ‘the new norm’.
With the UK amidst its third national lockdown, new factors and costs are constantly arising so it’s easy for driver compliancy to slip. To protect road users and prevent breaking the law, businesses must prioritise compliancy – ensuring key workers meet requirements.
BCA recorded average used LCV values of £9,164 in January, a substantial increase of £593 (6.9%) on what was a strong performance in December. Average values outstripped guide prices by over six percentage points, highlighting the ongoing demand for LCV stock from professional buyers.
Research from Leasing Options points out that the highway code states that it is illegal to pick up and use a hand-held phone while the engine is still running. This means that many unwitting people are inadvertently breaking the law by paying with their phone at a drive-thru or petrol station.
As part of its commitment to become a net zero organisation, Centrica, owner of British Gas, has committed electrify its 12,000 strong operational fleet by 2025, five years earlier than originally planned and will be making further orders with Vauxhall for electric vehicles as soon as they are available.
Gigaclear has awarded fleet and mobility management company, Fleet Operations, its entire fleet management contract starting with the task of providing a fleet of over 90 new ‘fit for purpose’ vans, Fleet Operations undertook the challenge of overseeing van choice, livery, racking, manufacturer support, and pricing in order to deliver the bespoke fleet that Gigaclear’s business requires.
Is the new Defender fit for purpose? To be so, it has to have the ability to go anywhere, do anything and carry everything while not being too bothered about being battered and bruised along the way. The old Defender, was never the prettiest and actually looked all the better for odd dent and scratch.