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 they [...]

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out under laboratory conditions, ­called the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), have been shown to be inaccurate and outdated, having originally been designed in the 1980s.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|0 Comments

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 policy. [...]

WLTP Impact For Drivers

How Much Do You Know About WLTP? If you’re a company car driver and haven’t heard of WLTP it’s worth taking a few minutes to get up to speed, particularly if you’re just about to order a new car. The short version If you’re in a hurry, this short animation gives the headline information. The technical bit WLTP (the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) is the EU’s new fuel consumption and emissions testing regime that’s taking over from the old NEDC tests. It’s a much longer test that better emulates both the type of journeys that modern drivers undertake and their driving style. By doing this it gives a much more accurate indication of how each car will perform [...]

By |August 9th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

Tax Benefits Of Electric Cars

How To Reduce Your Tax Bill With Capital Allowances On Electric Cars The Government is offering a tasty tax carrot to businesses to try and tempt them out of their traditional internal combustion engined vehicles and into electric or hybrid company cars. From April of this year and for the next three years, electric company cars that emit 50g/km of CO2 or less receive an attractive business tax benefit in the shape of a full 100% First Year Allowance (FYA). This allows companies to offset the full cost of the cars in the first year of ownership against their tax bills – a substantial incentive for any business that is prepared to go down an ultra low emission route.   [...]

By |August 6th, 2018|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments

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 [...]

Thieves Target Latest Models With ‘Relay Attacks’

Certain Cars Susceptible To New Style Of Car Theft Criminals are targeting certain types of keyless entry cars in a new form of vehicle theft called a ‘relay attack’ which uses a transmitter relay device and two criminals working together. One thief stands near the car being targeted and the other stands near the front door of the owner’s home to get in range of ‘keyless’ key fobs, which are often left on hallway tables or kitchen worktops. The relay device then picks up the key fob signal from inside the house and relays it to the car. Using this method, thieves are then able to drive away in a stolen vehicle in a matter of just a few seconds. [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|Categories: Driving, Vehicles|0 Comments

AFVs On The Rise As Diesel Fall Continues

Sales Of Alternative Fuel Vehicles Increase AFV sales have risen in January but the overall January new car market was down 6.3% as 163,615 cars left UK showrooms Sales of AFVs rose almost 24% last month to 9,020 new units compared to the same month last year, but this did little to counter a fall of 25.6% in sales of diesel cars which saw numbers decrease from 78,000 last January to just 58,000 this year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which compiled the figures, said the fall was due to confusion over government policy towards diesel cars which had continued to cause buyers to hesitate. Petrol sales also up At the same time, sales of petrol cars rose [...]

Electric Car Momentum Gathers Pace

Electric Vehicles Get A Boost From Government’s Automated And Electric Vehicles Bill Earlier this year the government announced that it planned to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans, including hybrids, from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) posed a major risk to public health. The commitment was part of the government’s clean air plan which was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people’s health, Ministers said. The government believes that poor air quality poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, costing up to £2.7bn in lost productivity in one year alone. The future’s electric The direction of Britain’s future mobility [...]

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Fleet, Vehicles|0 Comments
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