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Today in Fleet – Wednesday 16 August

All the key news in fleet…

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Thrifty signs up to ICFM’s Corporate Investment Programme

Thrifty signs up to ICFM’s Corporate Investment Programme

Thrifty Car & Van Rental has become the latest company to sign up to ICFM’s Corporate Investor Programme (CIP).

Other companies that have recently joined the programme include Auto Windscreens, Michelin, SG Fleet and Ambit, who joined at Affiliate Investor level.

ICFM’s say their CIP is designed to appeal to employers providing products and services to fleets and offers three-levels of membership. The aim of the programme is to raise standards of fleet industry professionals and improve skills and knowledge within the sector.

Chery compact SUV - IAA Frankfurt 2017

Chery sets its sights on Europe

Chery sets its sights on Europe

Chery Automobile Co. Ltd is to begin sales of passenger cars in Europe within the next few years under an all-new nameplate.

The first Chery model on sale in Europe will be a compact SUV. Chery currently produce the Tiggo branded SUV range and Arrizo and Fulwin passenger car models for Asian markets.

The company has indicated that it plans to sell a range of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (P-HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Chery state they, “will meet the needs and expectations of European private and fleet buyers in terms of design, quality, dynamics and crash worthiness.”

The compact SUV will be revealed globally in pre-production form for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), on 12 September 2017.

CleanCar.io

Fleet Innovations receives Go Ultra Low company status

Fleet Innovations receives Go Ultra Low company status

The company say their CleanCar solution encourages the uptake of low/zero emission plug-in vehicles in the UK’s enterprise Fleet, company car and private motoring sectors.

Fleet Innovations says the recent government announcement to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, is making many organisations consider their options regarding transition strategies and timing to make the switch to EV usage.

The CleanCar solution operates by using GPS to monitor a driver’s journey profile and creates a “suitability rating” whether to switch to full electric or hybrid, plus identifies which vehicles are best suited and calculates the cost savings on offer, according to Fleet Innovations’ MD.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.