Switching from Petrol and Diesel?

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle ConundrumAlternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs, are unquestionably becoming a more popular choice with drivers. In fact, in recent research 60% of company car drivers stated that they are more likely to select an AFV for their next company car than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle1.That’s a very strong demonstration of intent to make the switch to a more efficient pure electric or hybrid vehicle. However, taking a look at the latest statistics2 for the registration of new AFVs gives quite a different picture, with sales of all types of AFV accounting for just 7.5% of total car sales.So, what is it that’s creating this gap between the preference for an AFV and the final vehicle [...]

By |October 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|

WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing Update

The Latest on WLTP / RDE Emissions Testing You may have heard that changes occurred to the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) emissions regime on 1st September 2019. If you’re not sure what those changes are, here’s a quick guide. The WLTP ‘Second Act’ The second step in WLTP is simply a ramping up of the standards required as part of the testing regime and for a vehicle to be certified for sale. This means that any models that passed the test before 1st September will have their results run through a new set of algorithms to ensure that they meet the more stringent criteria. The new criteria include passing the Real Driving Emissions test (see below) and meeting [...]

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

What Drivers Think About Intelligent Speed Assistance

Intelligent Speed Assistance: A Help Or Hindrance? In an age where new technological innovations promise to give us all the answers, we ask drivers for their views on this important discussion on driving speed, a surprisingly sensitive topic… Following on from our article about the introduction of compulsory speed limiting technology a few months ago, we launched a survey to gauge opinions on the announcement that Intelligent Speed Assistance technology may become compulsory in new cars from 2022. The responses showed a surprising strength of opinion, suggesting that this mandate may be controversial if introduced. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is a system which enables cars to receive information via GPS so that the vehicle can [...]

By |June 13th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

Tyres Trigger Debate at Silverstone

Tyre Matters Debated at CLM's Silverstone Customer Event At CLM’s recent driver safety focused event, delegates got to hear all about recent tyre developments and how tyre tread is currently the subject of much debate in the fleet and wider motoring industry. Michelin shared details about how electronics are being incorporated into tyres to allow tyre performance to be monitored by the vehicle they are fitted to, and from afar as well. And not just about pressure, but tread depth and damage too. It might not be that long before fleet managers don’t need to inspect employee tyres in carparks any longer because sensors and software will ultimately do it for them. The technology is being trialled in certain [...]

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|

Compulsory Speed Limiters

Intelligent Speed Assistance Likely To Be Compulsory In New Cars From 2022 It has been reported this week that rules to mandate speed limiter technology in cars have been provisionally agreed by the EU and that it is likely that Intelligent Speed Assistance will be required for all new cars sold in Europe by 2022. Regardless of Brexit outcomes, the UK government has already indicated its support. What is Intelligent Speed Assistance? The Intelligent Speed Assistance system enables cars to receive information via GPS and a digital map so that the vehicle knows what the speed limit is and can limit its top speed accordingly. In addition to the data feed, an onboard video camera, capable of recognising road [...]

By |March 29th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

2019 Fleet Cars

New Fleet Cars to Look Out For in 2019 A new year always brings new metal to drive, but there are extra criteria to think about in 2019. The wonderfully snappily-named Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) comes into full force this year. This is the name for the EU's new fuel efficiency ratings for all petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid cars and will need consideration when choosing fleet cars. With no word on company car tax changes until spring, we’re going to put the focus on lowest emission vehicles first and look at what could well be great new fleet cars this year. Peugeot 508 The new super saloon from Peugeot has been winning awards left, right and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|

Diesel Slump Continues

New Car Sales Market Continues to Slide The UK car sales market is still shrinking. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have confirmed the damage year on year. Total new car sales are down to 2.37 million, equivalent to a 6.8% drop over the previous 12 months. Diesel hit Worst hit was diesel; the fuel type saw a 29.6% fall in 2018, that volume loss is equivalent to around 180% of the market's drop. December also marked the 21st month that diesel sales were down. The 'dirty diesel' wheels keep on turning, not helped by the lack of clarity from government and car manufacturers alike. This withdrawal from diesel is no doubt going to harm [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|

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 [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|

Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

The WLTP Will Test Cars In More Realistic Situations New emissions testing comes into force in September 2018 There has been considerable controversy around the inaccuracy of claimed emission levels for many current generation cars, to the extent that there is a widespread belief that the whole testing regime has become devalued. Current emissions tests carried out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s. The European Union has therefore developed a new test, called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) under which testing conditions will become much more realistic. While the old NEDC test determined values based on a theoretical [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|
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