The latest from LoCITY's James Smith

National government is undoubtedly committed to a zero carbon economy but it’s uncertain whether enough has been done to support the businesses that will have to buy in and then adapt to this vision.  

Last month the UK hosted the world's first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit where the Prime Minister outlined funding plans to help push the UK’s influence on the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. They want all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040, so it remains to be seen whether reducing the Plug-in grant by £1,000 for pure electric will have a detrimental impact on sales. In reality the biggest impact for commercial car users may be felt by the total removal of support for plug-in hybrids especially for businesses which required the additional security of emergency extended range. These formed the majority of the 160,000 grants provided since 2011 and could be considered excellent bridging vehicles for businesses testing the practicality of an alternatively fuelled vehicle. Let’s hope the government have read market conditions correctly.

The last few years at LoCITY have taught us that establishing fact from fiction ensures the majority of people understand the basics before committing to new technology. That’s why we’ve launched the new Fuel Facts website [https://fuelfacts.locity.org.uk/ ] which answers common queries. Like most of our tools it is work in progress which we will develop if you find it useful.  

With the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on the horizon small business owners in particular may find it a little more difficult than others to acquire compliant small vans. Transport for London and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association are running an event in Southwark, London on Friday 16 November to help promote affordable compliant vans to those who need them. Email us at LoCITY@tfl.gov.uk if you’d like to attend.

If you can’t make it then we will be sharing what other operators are doing in the run up to April. Whether that’s increasing the use of cargo bikes, swapping Euro 6 vans around in the fleet or just passing on the additional costs to clients. LoCITY’s role is to help signpost how policymakers are trying to influence businesses and vice versa. ULEZ is stepping beyond national government to clean up London’s air. For this reason it’ll be bumpy whilst we adapt but has the potential to directly improve the lives of millions of people everyday.

Making sense of the vast amount of data produced from telematics can often be daunting, resulting in opportunities being missed and actions not being taken. Our expert panelists share their advice on how to make sure valuable fleet information is not getting lost

Telematics generates vast amounts of data which needs to be digested and acted on if any benefits are to be realised. But how well are fleets using data? And do companies have a moral and legal obligation to act on reports of bad driving? We ask our telematics experts

Meet our new leasing experts, who in this first discussion, examine how new challenges such as Brexit, air quality and policy changes are affecting fleet managers

In the first of a new panel discussion, we ask our experts their views on how telematics have shaped and driven change within the fleet management profession, and why reluctance to use fleet technology still exists within some organisations

Can it pay to think differently about the way we travel? Our expert panelists examine how the new concept of ‘mobility’ is impacting the fleet sector

Following the launch of the Department of Transport’s consultation into making charge points more accessible, GreenFleet’s expert panelists give their views on the key factors that will shape the electric vehicle market’s development in the near future.

How can leasing and contract hire firms help with the wider role of fleet management? And what role does the industry play in driving down emissions? We ask our new expert panel for their views.

Our telematics expert panelists share their thoughts on how technology has helped drive down road emissions, how telematics grows the appeal of electric vehicles, and how autonomous vehicles could benefit fleets in the future.

GreenFleet taps into the minds of its expert panel to assess the place of electric vehicles in company car fleets and what the major barriers to adoption will be moving forward.

Technology is changing the way we travel. GreenFleet quizzes its telematics expert panel on how connectivity is facilitating new mobility trends, aiding fleet management, and reducing CO2 emissions.

The smallest modern Volvo and the company’s most successful model launch in the UK ever, the XC40 has a lot resting on its duo-tone shoulders, as Richard Gooding finds out

The Optima Sportswagon PHEV is Kia’s fourth alternatively-fuelled car in the UK and its second plug-in. Richard Gooding sees how it balances economy, value and practicality

Richard Gooding discovers that with the arrival of the eighth-generation Ford Fiesta comes a raft of driving technologies, as well as an improved interior and enhanced efficiency

At Isuzu, we focus on proper pick-ups which means we’re much better at meeting customers specific pick-up needs.

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