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Category : Opinions

Curtis Hutchinson: Why PHEVs still plug a gap

5 months ago / 0 comments

Demand for new PHEVs tumbled 18% in 2019 but this is not necessarily the end of the road for this transitionary technology.

Interview: David Peel, managing director at Peugeot

5 months ago / 0 comments

David Peel, managing director at Peugeot, speaks to Martyn Collins about the latest, second-generation 208 supermini and how alternatively fuelled models might change fleet demand.

A less taxing option?

6 months ago / 0 comments

New company car tax incentives are expected to boost the sales of plug-in hybrid cars. So is this the time to consider the PHEV alternatives? By … Read More »

Why 2020 will be a pivotal year for fleets

7 months ago / 0 comments

Jon Lawes, managing director at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions discusses the trends that are likely to dominate the fleet management sector in 2020.

Curtis Hutchinson: Expecting the unexpected

7 months ago / 0 comments

Toyota’s acquisition of Inchcape’s leasing operations is part of a wider trend as OEMs move to future-proof themselves.

Interview: Avis Budget Group’s Keith Rankin on shifting mobility

7 months ago / 0 comments

Keith Rankin, newly appointed president of the Avis Budget Group’s international region, speaks to Martyn Collins on the changing face of mobility and the latest pioneering … Read More »

Comment: Making the UK’s EV mission a success

7 months ago / 0 comments

Jarkko Aro, sales and operative director at IC Electrical, on how the electricity grid is at the heart of the EV rollout.

Comment: No cause for alarm about electric battery recycling

8 months ago / 0 comments

Alan Colledge, senior manager of hazardous waste at electric car battery recycling service Cawleys, explains why concerns over an “electric vehicle battery waste mountain” are unfounded.

Comment: How vehicle-to-grid innovations will make EVs commercially viable

8 months ago / 0 comments

Rob Massoudi, SVP digital transformation at ABB Ability, looks at how V2G solutions could open up electric vehicle usage to many more fleets. With increasing demand … Read More »

Comment: The road to a fully automated future

8 months ago / 1 comments

Mike Brown, director of industry collaboration & partnerships (environments & engineering) from the University of Salford, explores the current barriers to rolling out autonomous vehicles in the UK.

Comment: Car sharing and fleets in London – The way to become carbon-neutral by 2050?

8 months ago / 0 comments

Phil Makinson, chief commercial officer at Hiyacar, on how car sharing could help with climate change commitments.

Curtis Hutchinson: Preparing for the EV surge

8 months ago / 0 comments

Electric cars currently account for a tiny proportion of fleet vehicles but that is changing with improvement in affordability and infrastructure.

Comment: Why renewable energy will be a linchpin for fleets in a rapid time of change

8 months ago / 0 comments

Thomas Newby, chief operating officer (field & installation), Tonik Energy, on businesses can steal a march on greener fleet operations by embracing renewable energy solutions.

Comment: Driving the future – the role of clean transport in clearing the air

8 months ago / 0 comments

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK chief executive, on how industry and local, regional and national governments need to work together to tackle toxic air in our towns … Read More »

Changing private-hire perceptions: Justin Patterson

9 months ago / 0 comments

Current Eco Superstar winner at this year’s Great British Fleet Awards, Justin Patterson surprised everyone this summer after leaving Addison Lee to join Splend as their … Read More »

Fleet Heroes: How do we find our heroes?

9 months ago / 0 comments

Now in their 14th year, the Fleet Heroes 2019 awards will once more celebrate organisations delivering a cleaner and more efficient future for transport. Energy Saving … Read More »

Comment: Hydrogen’s role in phasing out vehicles running on fossil fuels

9 months ago / 0 comments

Is hydrogen part of the answer for a rapid shift away from fossil fuels in transport? Gareth Hinds from the National Physical Laboratory shares his vision … Read More »

Comment: Road usage charging to solve our transportation funding dilemma

9 months ago / 0 comments

Dr Ben Miners, chief innovation scientist at IMS (a Trak Global Group company), on how a system of road pricing would provide a fair and sustainable … Read More »

An electric future for UK fleets

9 months ago / 0 comments

Mike Brown, director of industry collaboration & partnerships at the University of Salford, on how the transition to EVs will bring a number of opportunities for … Read More »

Motor insurance and driving in the EU with a no deal Brexit

10 months ago / 0 comments

Following the UK Government’s updated advice on driving in the EU post Brexit, Michael Brooks, legal director at Corclaim takes a look at the insurance side … Read More »

Extra funding for EV charging points is welcome – but more must be done

10 months ago / 0 comments

Policymakers need to step up the pace on EV charging to get the EV ball really moving, says Paul Gisbourne, CEO of same-day delivery business CitySprint.

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

10 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. … Read More »

Getting practical about fleet electrification

11 months ago / 0 comments

Julie Furber, VP of electrified power at Cummins, on how commercial vehicles can follow passenger cars on the road to electrification.

How the fleet space is ‘consumerising’ the B2B offering

11 months ago / 0 comments

Albert Chu, VP marketing & strategy, Masternaut, on how techniques seen in the consumer space are expanding into the fleet sector, bringing benefits to operators and … Read More »

Why fleet managers are the stormtroopers in the battle to save the planet

11 months ago / 1 comments

Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, comments on the big benefits electric vehicles could bring to fleet managers, as well as the overall energy system.

Doing the maths on opt-out vehicle maintenance

11 months ago / 0 comments

Clive Buhagiar, head of operational services, Alphabet (GB) Limited, looks at how fleets and opt-out drivers should take action to avoid extra costs and risks with … Read More »

Green credentials taking precedence over company car model and grade, says FleetCheck

11 months ago / 0 comments

Company car choice hierarchies could become less important in the near future, as employees place less focus on model and grade and more on eco friendliness.

Curtis Hutchinson: Suzuki’s winning formula

11 months ago / 0 comments

A long list of awards shows just how much retail buyers adore Suzuki. Can a new dealer programme do the same for fleet customers?

INTERVIEW: Head of fleet Henry Williams on Škoda’s growing fleet focus

11 months ago / 0 comments

As Škoda broadens its appeal with new fleet models, Jonathan Musk talks to the carmaker’s head of fleet, Henry Williams, about Brexit, industry uncertainty and the … Read More »

Swede appeal: Steve Beattie on the evolution to ‘new Volvo’

11 months ago / 0 comments

Steve Beattie joined Volvo from Vauxhall in September 2017. Since then, the brand has gone through huge change, in terms of product and becoming more premium. … Read More »