Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Driver Research Findings

Consideration of AFVs Outpaces Drivers’ Understanding of the Technology In a recent piece of CLM online research, we discovered that more than 60%1 of company car drivers intend to choose an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) rather than a petrol or diesel when they next change their car While this high proportion is somewhat surprising, there are a number of factors currently operating in the AFV market that could go some way to explaining the strength of sentiment: There’s a burgeoning amount of choice in the AFV market; with more than 40 models currently available in the UK and with manufacturers set to increase this by at least 50% by the end of 2019. With more choice comes greater [...]

Google Maps Boost for EV Drivers

Google Guides EV Drivers Up until now, the go-to source for information on UK EV (electric vehicles) charging facilities around the country has been Zap-Map, a UK-based platform which provides information on the whole topic of electric vehicles and their green potential. This app has static map images showing the location of charging stations, but not their status. However, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Google Maps introduced the latest innovation for the drivers of EVs. Simultaneously in the US and the UK, the American multi-national technology company Google LLC launched a new real-time addition to Maps which will assist EV drivers in finding available charging stations and a lot more. All the major charging networks are included, plus businesses [...]

Plug-in Car Grants: Latest Changes

Government Announces Shake Up of Plug-in Car Grants The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced significant changes to the grants available for plug-in vehicles. The changes were due to come into effect from 9th November but were brought forward to 21st October due to what has been termed, ‘exceptional demand’, as individuals and organisations sought to qualify for the old, more generous grants. Through the modifications to the scheme, OLEV has extended the availability of purchase incentives to the next 35,000 cars, but reduced the number of vehicles that are eligible and the maximum value of the grants. The previous grants provided different levels of incentive depending on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and the distance that [...]

Is Your Fleet Policy Up To Date?

Why Now Is The Right Time To Review Your Fleet Policy With the huge changes in the fleet landscape over recent months, fleet decision-makers have been under significant pressure to make critical decisions for their businesses and keep their drivers informed and reassured about the potential impacts on them. At times like this, it can be hard to take a step back to assess the wider implications of change but, paradoxically, now is exactly the time to ensure that the guiding principles on which the fleet is run are up to date and fit for purpose. In this blog we look at some of the most pressing issues for fleet decision-makers and how these should be reflected in fleet [...]

HMRC To Introduce Advisory Fuel Rates For 100% Electric Cars

100% Advisory Fuel Rate Introduced For Electric Cars HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is to introduce an Advisory Fuel Rate (AFR) for 100% electric cars from September 1 this year of 4p per mile, following pressure from the fleet industry. The new Advisory Electricity Rate will be published alongside AFRs for petrol, diesel and LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cars and, as before, will be based on engine size. However, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars will continue to be treated as either petrol or diesel models for mileage reimbursement purposes, and will not have their own AFR, despite the industry also lobbying for their introduction. What are Advisory Fuel Rates? AFRs apply where employers reimburse employees for business travel in [...]

Electric Vehicle Movement Gathers Momentum

The 'Road to Zero Strategy' And Electric Vehicles The movement towards the electrification of UK motoring has gathered momentum, following details of the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ and the acquisition of leading charging provider, Chargemaster, by oil giant BP. What is the ‘Road to Zero’ strategy? As part of moves towards the planned ban of all non-hybrid petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, the government’s ‘Road to Zero Strategy’ targets 50-70% of new cars sold annually to fall into the Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV) category by 2030 (a 10-year earlier deadline). Recognising advancements in technology, the government says that within three years (that is from 2021), it expects to define an ULEV as a car or van that [...]

Diesel Debate Gets More Complex

A Fascinating Picture Is Emerging In The Debate On The Future Of Diesel Fuelled Vehicles The huge drop in the volume of diesel car registrations this year mirrors the findings from CLM’s own research*, in which just over 67% of drivers stated that they were unlikely to choose a diesel as their next car. However, the announcement of new engine technologies that dramatically reduce harmful diesel engine emissions, the legacy of two decades of massive growth in the volume of diesel cars on the UK’s roads, and its continuing importance in the LCV market, mean that reports of the fuel’s imminent death may be premature. Bosch dramatically cuts diesel NOx emissions Engine parts manufacturer Bosch, claims it has achieved a [...]

CLM’s Electric Vehicle Experience Day

CLM’s Electric Vehicle Experience Day As part of our ongoing efforts to engage with and educate clients about electric vehicles (EVs) and their role in fleets, we recently held an electric vehicle experience and education day at Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes. The event involved leading EV manufacturer, Renault, and the UK’s largest supplier of charge points, Chargemaster. The event was attended by fleet decision makers from amongst our client base and involved presentations from both suppliers.  The fleet managers could then get behind the wheel of a number of EVs available for test driving purposes. Vehicle tests Renault has the largest line-up of EVs of any European vehicle manufacturer.  A number of its electric models were available for test purposes, [...]

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Average New Car CO2 Emissions Increase

CO2 Rises For The First Time As Diesel Sales Continue To Decline An anti-diesel agenda and a slower than anticipated take-up of electric vehicles have combined to produce an increase in CO2 output from new cars for the first time in two decades. That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which also warns that the automotive industry could miss its next round of CO2 targets in 2021. The SMMT’s “New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future” reveals that average carbon emissions from new cars last year rose for the first time in 20 years to 121.0g/km. More efficient cars This is despite cars being more [...]

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