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Today in Fleet – Thursday 13 July

All the key news in fleet…

Simon Hill, managing director, Total Motion.

Total Motion passes 25,000 mark for managed and funded vehicles

Vehicle management provider Total Motion says it’s become the largest privately owned leasing and fleet management company in the UK after passing the 25,000 mark for its fleet of managed and funded vehicles.

Managing director Simon Hill credited the growth in part to the company’s transparent fee structure as well as its management of suppliers and the rates they provide, and its ability to offer customers a wide range of products and services.

Commenting on the company’s claim to be the largest independent firm in the sector, Hill added: “Our position allows us to dictate better terms with suppliers, handle any size of fleet and deal with very complex challenges. On the leasing side, as it becomes more commoditised, buyers want a partner who can guarantee to get them the best deal, which is why they are coming to us.”

ITF report

The ITR report provides recommendations on how cities can manage the challenges of geographical scale and transition to shared mobility services.

Shared mobility could more than halve CO2 emissions in cities, research suggests

Replacing private cars in a city with shared mobility services could substantially cut CO2 emissions as well as traffic volumes while also reducing parking issues.

That’s the finding of a new report by the International Transport Forum, a think tank for transport policy with 57 member countries.

Using the city of Lisbon in Portugal as a model, the study found that a full-scale implementation of shared mobility in the wider Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA) could reduce CO2 emissions by 62% compared to the 53% for the city only while total vehicle kilometres in peak hours reduced by 55% – compared to 2011 – for the metropolitan area with a reduction of 44% for the city alone.

The Goodyear concept tyre for autonomous electric fleets would bring a number of safety-related and operational benefits.

The Goodyear concept tyre for autonomous electric fleets would bring a number of safety-related and operational benefits.

Goodyear designs concept tyre for autonomous electric vehicle fleets

Goodyear has unveiled a concept tyre designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

Dubbed the IntelliGrip Urban, the tyre features Sensor-in-Tyre technology, which senses road and weather conditions and sends the data directly to the vehicle’s computer system, allowing fleets to identify and resolve tyre-related and potential safety issues before they happen.

The concept tyre has also features a tall and narrow design, which reduces rolling resistance, and also offers improved aquaplaning performance and a specially designed tread to provide grip in both winter and summer conditions in urban environments.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.