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Alex Grant

Byton electric SUV sets sights on UK fleets

4 weeks ago / 0 comments

Chinese carmaker Byton has begun talks with fleet finance companies and dealer groups in the UK, ahead of launching right-hand drive versions of the electric M-Byte SUV in late 2021.

Strategic support vital for UK all-electric sales goals, says Ford

1 month ago / 0 comments

The Government must support close co-operation with stakeholders and provide infrastructure and incentives if it is to end the sale of combustion-engined vehicles in the early 2030s, according to Ford of Europe president Stuart … Read More »

New technology to re-shape EV charging, says Delta-EE

2 months ago / 0 comments

Europe’s electric vehicle charging sector is set for rapid change during the next five years, driven by new technology and customer demands for convenience, according to Delta-EE, warning that stakeholders will need to re-focus … Read More »

New Octavia to spearhead Škoda’s plug-in range

5 months ago / 0 comments

Škoda’s new Octavia line-up will include two plug-in hybrids predicted to take up to a third of UK volume – with renewed Benefit-in-Kind incentives next April driving many into fleets, the carmaker said.

Interview: Mitsubishi MD Rob Lindley on the PHEV that broke the mould

7 months ago / 0 comments

Having exponentially increased its fleet share with the ground-breaking Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi Motors UK managing director, Rob Lindley, sees no reason to start following the crowd. By Alex Grant.

SsangYong’s electric SUV aims for the mainstream

7 months ago / 0 comments

SsangYong sees its forthcoming electric Korando SUV as a significant brand awareness opportunity in the UK, targeting high-value and a long range to position it as a mainstream alternative to combustion-engined models.

National park fleet begins EV switchover with Hyundai Kona

8 months ago / 0 comments

Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has replaced two diesel pool vehicles with Hyundai Kona electric cars supplied with renewable energy produced on-site, claiming their range is now good enough to easily substitute a combustion … Read More »

EVs no longer just a rational choice, research shows

9 months ago / 0 comments

Driver appeal for electric vehicles has become as important a reason for switching out of petrol and diesel models as financial and environmental savings, according to new research by Delta Energy and Environment.

Renault predicts mainstream UK role for new hybrids

9 months ago / 0 comments

Renault sees potential for its forthcoming hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology as a way to differentiate its products and support growth in retail and ‘true fleet’ sales, according to managing director for UK and … Read More »

Fiat spots opportunities for affordable EV

10 months ago / 0 comments

Fiat is working towards an electric supermini priced in line with petrol or diesel models, seeing a role for itself in making the technology more accessible – just as the original 500 made Italians … Read More »

Don’t turn your back on PHEVs, Government warned

11 months ago / 0 comments

Plug-in hybrid customers are five times more likely to be considering an electric vehicle for their next car than a petrol or diesel model according to Mitsubishi Motors UK, which has warned the Government … Read More »

A home for hydrogen?

11 months ago / 0 comments

A collaborative project in Swindon is tasking hydrogen fuel cell cars with the rigours of a life on fleet. Alex Grant dropped in to find out how it all works.

One in five Mondeos are hybrids, says Ford

12 months ago / 0 comments

Ford recorded a ten-fold year-on-year increase in Mondeo Hybrid registrations during 2018, reaching 10,000 units across Europe, as rising costs and political pressure continued to erode the business case for diesel engines.

New Ford Kuga to include 29g/km plug-in hybrid

12 months ago / 0 comments

Ford’s all-new Kuga SUV will include three ‘electrified’ drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions from 29g/km, alongside petrol and diesel versions.

Electrification could mean an end for diesel Clios, says Renault

1 year ago / 0 comments

Renault is expecting to gradually phase out diesel engines from the new Clio, predicting demand for its new hybrid system could be as high as diesel was in some European markets.

Nissan readies electric SUV as EV demand grows

1 year ago / 0 comments

Nissan is readying a range of ‘electrified’ SUVs, including a standalone battery-electric model, following strong demand for its second-generation Leaf.

‘Charging as a Service’ to help drive plugged-in fleet growth

1 year ago / 0 comments

Leasing companies could play a significant role in supporting electric vehicle uptake among fleets by funding charging points as an extension of the vehicle lease, according to consultancy firm Delta Energy and Environment.

Nissan to support high-power UK charging network

1 year ago / 0 comments

Nissan is working with infrastructure partners to deploy high-power electric vehicle charging points along major European routes, including the UK’s Electric Highway network, ahead of the longer-range Leaf arriving in June.

Charging 2.0: How the latest EVs are opening up electric motoring to fleets

1 year ago / 0 comments

With the first long-range, mass-market electric cars coming to market and plug-in sales continuing to grow, Alex Grant looks at how new technology could re-shape the UK’s charging network and the challenges ahead for … Read More »

Road Test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4h

1 year ago / 0 comments

With an increasingly crowded plug-in market, can a heavy update renew the Outlander PHEV’s driver appeal? Alex Grant finds out.