Ford will show a new 2-tonne Transit with 48V mild hybrid powertrain at next week’s Hannover CV show.
It will also reveal a PHEV Transit Custom due to launch in 2019 and the latest telematics and data services to be fitted in next year’s models.
Lex Autolease, the UK’s leading vehicle leasing provider, is launching a new fund to offer contributions of £1,000 towards the cost of 1,000 new pure electric vehicles.
Announced at the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit in Birmingham this week, the £1m fund is for the first 1,000 Lex Autolease customers who sign up for a pure electric vehicle from January 2019.
The UK’s largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer will open in early 2019 in Coventry, creating around ninety new jobs, at a new, multi-million pound, high-tech facility that will produce batteries for future hybrid and electric vehicles.
The factory will be operated by a new joint venture, also unveiled today and named Hyperbat Limited (Hyperbat), combining the strengths of two of the UK’s leading companies, Williams Advanced Engineering and Unipart Manufacturing Group.
A major free seminar on “The Challenges of 2019” facing the used car and van sectors has been announced by The Vehicle Remarketing Association, which represents organisations involved in the buying, selling and preparation of 1.5 million used vehicles every year.
Sponsored by Manheim and taking place at the Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre, Solihull, on 22 November, it is designed to provide a complete briefing about all of the major trends and legislative changes affecting businesses involved in car and van remarketing including fleets, dealers and suppliers in a compact, four-hour format.
Lifestyle vehicle choices from fleet drivers are helping to power increasing interest in medium term rental, says Meridian Vehicle Solutions.
Phil Jerome, managing director, explained they employees might want access to different types of vehicle at different times of year, often reflecting their seasonal preferences in the summer and winter but some manufacturers modern mobility packages are too expensive and short term fixed rental may be better choice.
Yesterday’s Court of Auditors report on air pollution shows that the EU is failing to protect its citizens’ health, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) has said.
The standards set by the EU’s Ambient Air Quality Directive are actually weaker than the WHO guidelines, the report finds and most EU member states did not effectively implement the law.