As always, the ever-changing world of fleet vehicles throws up a mix of good, worrying, exciting and eye-catching.
This week sees BMW, VW and Daimler in the news again, but for all the wrong reasons, but there’s plenty of good news in here too – especially for Vauxhall.
So here is our weekly round-up of the things that have caught our eye this past week.
500th EDF Employee Has Electric Vehicle Funded Through Their Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
We start this week with the news that energy company EDF has seen it’s 500th electric vehicle funded through it’s Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
Employee Jas Sangha took delivery of a new Kia e-Niro as the scheme company’s scheme uptake continues to rise.
Perhaps most pertinently is that more and more eligible EDF employees are signing up each month – with 93% of them are opting for pure electric vehicles.
Staff at EDF have been reporting savings of around £150-200 PER MONTH – largely thanks to the 1% BIK rate available on the scheme. The company also provide 20 charge points at their sites across the UK – with a further 300 to be made available to employees by December.
If your company haven’t looked at Salary Sacrifice Schemes then there are definite benefits for all concerned.
To speak to one of our Salary Sacrifice Scheme specialists, feel free to drop us a line at the end of this article.
Stellantis Plan for Vauxhall to be “All-Electric” by 2028 as part of huge electrification scheme.
Super-automotive group Stellantis has outlined plans for a $25bn electrification programme – part of which will see Vauxhall be an “all-electric” brand by 2028.
Also, as part of the extensive scheme the group – which owns 14 major brands including Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, DS, Fiat, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati & Peugeot under it’s umbrella – also plans to install 5 battery factories across North America and Europe, with a view to reducing battery costs by as much as 60%.
In terms of vehicle production, there are four platforms forming the backbone of all the Stellantis brands.
As well as the small, medium and large car platforms, perhaps the most interesting development is the platform being specifically developed for commercial vehicles such as vans and pickups.
New EU Rules Will Make EV Cars more Profitable Than Petrol – VW Executive.
New EU regulations due to come in force in 2025 are set to make electric cars more profitable than their petrol counterparts – marking a landmark moment for the automotive industry according to Thomas Ulbrich – head of development for the VW brand.
The regulations which will see new engine standards – called Euro 7 – will pose serious challenges to manufacturers, meaning expensive emission reduction equipment will be needed to ensure compliance.
Ulbrich recently told the Financial Times;
“If you now ask when is the point for [profits] becoming equal to an internal combustion engine, you know that with Euro 7 there are tremendous challenges for the internal combustion engine world,”
Of course, the implication here is that currently there are more profits in petrol car sales than electric vehicle.
The knock-on effects of the changes could see the speeding up of investment into EV technology. In reality, the spend on EV infrastructure is already ramping up.
But whilst petrol/diesel vehicles sales have to stop by 2030, the reality is there is a definite push to make the switch much sooner – and that is being forced on consumer and manufacturer alike.
Westminster Could Face Imposed 20mph Speed Limit
For those of you who have been stuck in rush traffic in London, 20mph might even seem a tad ambitious! However, TfL (Transport for London) are looking into introducing a 20mph speed limit on near enough all of its roads in Westminster.
The news comes after TfL introduced 20mph speed limits within the Central London Congestion Zone in March last year.
The latest proposals come alongside a series of other measures to help ‘reduce speeds and danger to vulnerable road users’.
With the proposal, suggestions are;
- A reduced 20mph speed limit on 13km of roads within the borough, including on Marylebone Road, Vauxhall Bridge Road and Edgware Road between the A40 and St. John’s Wood Road.
- Raised tables at six existing pedestrian crossings locations on roads with newly lowered speed limits to reduce danger to people walking and increase compliance with the new speed limit.
- New road signs throughout to ensure that all drivers are fully aware of the new speed limit
- Recalibrating speed cameras in the area to ensure compliance with the new speed limits.
Fleet operators are being encouraged to share their views on the proposal – which you can by visiting https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/lowering-speeds-westminster?cid=speed-westminster
Again though, these proposals are firmly inline with major cities becoming less and less vehicle friendly.
Balancing safety and the environment with the physical need to transport people and move goods in and out of major towns and cities is an on-going concern – and in reality is only really going to go one way – however, that doesn’t stop the impact being felt the most on smaller businesses and fleets who are left to come up with and pay for the solutions.
Tesla Drivers Spend An Average of £47 a Month Charging Their Cars
Our recent article looked at a survey on Tesla compiled by Cararac.com. Whilst it looked in great detail at the performance of Tesla’s cars against other EVs and petrol/diesel cars, it seemed a little light on the running costs – but there’s good news here for the Californian Car Giant too.
EEVEE Mobility has recorded data from users of its app and discovered that the monthly cost of charging a Tesla costs less than a tank of petrol!
How does this comparison translate though?
Well, the data revealed the average number of miles travelled by users was 707 miles. With an average fuel price of £1.30 per litre and average fuel economy of 55mpg, the cost in a petrol car would be £75. In a Tesla – for the same distance – it was just £47.
What is perhaps most interesting about this data study is that assumptions about EV use being cheaper can now actually start to be backed up with cold, hard facts.
The trick now of course is in bringing the cost of purchasing Electric Vehicles down.
VW Group & BMW Fined Over Emissions “Collusion”
Another week and another ‘manufacturer fined for emissions figures’ story emerges. This one is a little different though as it’s the news that several manufacturers “colluded” to not clean up their cars as much as they could have.
The rather bizarre news sees VW Group (which includes the VW, Porsche and Audi brands) and BMW fined £751m colluding for colluding with Daimler in relation to the companies agreeing between them to make the bear minimum use of the AdBlue System – a cleaning treatment for harmful nitrogen oxide emissions – to meet EU standards.
They also shared commercially sensitive information with one another.
Daimler managed to avoid a fine, having brought the collusion to light.
VW are contesting the decision as they say that the contents of the discussions were never implemented. However, it’s certainly not the first time the big car manufacturers have been accused of not playing fair over vehicle emissions.
Since the first big “emissions scandal” emerged back in 2015 with VW, countless stories and charges have been levied in relation to emissions on the big manufacturers. There is very little trust as it is in car manufacturers to clean up cars.
That this article will come as little surprise to anyone is probably the biggest indication of how little the industry is trusted.
New Vauxhall Grandland Orders Being Taken
It’s been an excellent week for Vauxhall. Last week, Stellantis announed that Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant is to remain open – concentrating on producing all-electric vans and passenger cars for Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroen.
Shortly after this, Vauxhall then announced they are taking orders for their facelifted SUV the Vauxhall Grandland.
Featuring a front-end that matches the recently launched “Mokka”, the new Grandland arrives in the autumn to compete with the Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage.
Models start from £25,500 – although perhaps more interestingly for fleet operators, Vauxhall has dropped the price of the hybrid plug-in model by £6000 to £34,365. With CO2 emissions from 31 g/km, a zero-emission range of 34 miles the 225ps model comes within the 11% BIK bracket.
We will be reviewing the Grandland and comparing it to it’s rivals soon – but it’s great to end the week with more good news following on from Nissan’s announcement about their Sunderland plant recently too.
If you have any questions about how any of these news features could impact on your business please don’t hesitate to get in touch or leave a comment at the bottom of the article.