Arval UK has more than doubled the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on its UK fleet in the 12 months to the end of June.
There has been a 102% growth from 11,225 to 22,630 units, meaning that EVs now represent 12.2% of its total fleet – up from 6.4% at the same time last year and the total figure breaks down into a 98% increase in the number of electric cars to 21,639 and a 249% rise in electric light commercial vehicles to 991.
The demand for electric vehicles (EVs) by business customers is skyrocketing, with 62% expecting to operate a fully electric fleet within the next four years according to new analysis.
Aidan McClean, best-selling author of ‘ELECTRIC REVOLUTION’, and founder of UFODRIVE, Europe’s biggest all-electric car hire company, argues that fleet managers must re-evaluate their priorities: instead of being worried about ‘range anxiety’ and public chargers, they should be more focussed on ensuring their vehicles are supported by more effective, EV-specialist software.
Green motoring consultancy New AutoMotive tomorrow launches its Electric Van Count (EVC) to track the van fuel transition.
The EVC will provide measurability and transparency around the electrification of vans – as well as expert insight and analysis of this data – to help meet the government’s ambition to phase out sales of diesel and petrol vans from 2030 and hybrids from 2035.
Volvo is leaving the European Car Makers Association by the end of this year because it believes the motor groups are not moving fast enough towards pure electric vehicles.
The Swedish car maker has set its own deadline of 2030 but ACEA is backed by the EU for a 2035 deadlines to appease the petrol and diesel lobby.
UK households could save an average of £59 each year by paying for their annual car insurance premiums in a single lump sum as opposed to monthly payments, according to data from comparethemarket.com.
The average annual sum of monthly car insurance premiums from January to April this year is £752, compared to £693 for one-time payments – a difference of nearly £60. This follows the same trend as in 2021, where the difference between paying monthly and annually was £59 on average across the entire year. Between January and December 2021, the average annual sum of monthly payments was £699, and the average lump sum payment was £640.
The UK automotive industry’s production carbon footprint fell by -11.2% in 2021 compared with the previous year to reach its lowest level since records began, according to new research from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
SMMT’s latest annual Sustainability Report, now in its 23rd year, shows that automotive production and the supply chain emitted 81,095 fewer tonnes of CO2 in 2021 compared with the previous year.