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June 12 2017

Latest Fleet News - June 2017

Newly-elected metro mayors back Clean Air Zone initiative 

Following a bout of recent elections for metro mayors across the West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester and the West of England, the subject of Clean Air Zones (CAZs) have been brought to the forefront of policymaking. All the newly-elected metro mayors have come out in support of CAZs in their respective regions. CAZs encourage cities and towns across England to go further than the minimum requirement for carbon emissions; current suggestions are a minimum of Euro 4 petrol, Euro 6 diesel or Euro VI for large commercial vehicles as standard. 

Heathrow Airport invests in fleet of Nissan EVs 

This month, Heathrow Airport has added 17 Nissan Leaf EVs to its airport fleet, which will be used by airside teams for security, baggage and pool cars. In a bid to inspire a new culture of electric car usage, the cars some as part of a commitment by the London airport to make all the vehicles in its fleet plug-in hybrids by 2020. The airport’s move to greener vehicles is hoped to spur other third-party companies working in the airport to follow suit and invest in their own fleet of vehicles. 

Mitsubishi adds special edition Outlander Keiko to its range 

Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi has announced the addition of the Outlander Keiko to its range. The special-edition Keiko, which has a starting price of £27,999, will include leather seats and a sat-nav. As it’s a special edition version, there are many perks including dual-zone air conditioning, privacy glass, keyless operation with a stop/ start button, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake and Brake Hold Auto, the latter two options only being available on the automatic version. 

Pot-hole induced breakdown sparks call for more road investment 

This past winter has seen an increase in pot-hole related breakdowns, with recent figures from the RAC showing that there were 63% more breakdowns due to bad road conditions, compared to previous winters. The government has put aside £70 million which will be shared between local highways authorities, this is in addition to an additional £50 million pothole repair fund which was announced in the spring budget. However, recent reports have estimated that the amount needed by the local authorities stands closer to the £12 billion mark. 

New payment method available for Ecotricity customers 

The EV charging point specialist Ecotricity has announced a change to its charging point network across the UK. The announcement brings changes to the way EV customers pay for their charging. Last autumn, Ecotricity introduced a £6 per charge fee, which allowed customers a 30-minute charge. The company has recently announced that it will be wavering the £6 connection fee and instead will offer a £3 connection fee as well as a 17p/kWh cost for energy.

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Posted on 12th June 2017 at 2:53PM

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