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Van drivers saying no to electric switch says Vansdirect survey

Ford E Transit electric van

IT SEEMS the benefits of electrification haven’t fully convinced all van drivers, according to a survey conducted by van leasing broker Vansdirect. The survey by the Newport-based broker found that 31% of respondents were ‘not likely’ to make the change with only 18% saying they were ‘highly likely’ to buy an electric van. The research also found that: Only 18% of respondents…

Fuel shortage see EV searches spike on LeaseLoco

2021 New Renault Megane E TECH Electric Vehicle

THE car leasing aggregator site LeaseLoco says that it has seen a huge uptick for electric cars as the fuel supply crisis worsens. The lease comparison site says it has analysed almost 1.5 million deal searches made by consumers on its platform during September. Interrogation of the data reveals that demand for EVs has rocketed, with searches for electric car deals making…

Rod McLeod appointed new director of Volkswagen UK

Rod McLeod to lead Volkswagen

ROD McLeod will be leading the Volkswagen brand into 2022 when he takes over as director from 02 January, 2022. He replaces Andrew Savvas who is moving to an executive position with Volkswagen America. McLeod, who has spent the last five years heading up Skoda in the UK, commented: “Volkswagen has transformed itself in recent years into the leading volume brand for…

Compliance expert joins APD board

New APD Global director Andrew Smith

APD Global has added compliance expert Andrew Smith to its board as a non-executive director. Smith is managing partner of compliance firm Paxen, as well as CEO of finance broker Citrus Funding. “Andrew joins APD at a significant stage of our growth, with the expansion of our digitalinspection and conduct compliance presence,” commented APD Global Group’s chairman, Paul Turner. “Having held senior…

MG appoints Patrick Klaus Beyer as new head of digital marketing

Patrick Klaus Beyer

FAST-growing MG Motor UK has appointed Patrick Klaus Beyer as its new head of digital to maintain the brand’s momentum. Beyer, who joins from Honda where he was in charge of digital marketing across Europe, is responsible for digital marketing across the MG brand. Previous appoints include Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota Motor Europe. Beyer’s CV also includes extensive EV experience, having…

Fleet Alliance adds the EV zip to Scotland’s Renewable Energy COP26 roadshow

Fleet alliance Nissan Leaf at COP26 Venue

GLASGOW leasing broker Fleet Alliance is providing a zero-emission vehicle to help promote Scottish Renewable’s sustainability role in Scotland’s fight against climate change in advance of the COP26 climate change conference. Working in partnership with SSE Energy Solutions and Nissan, Fleet Alliance is providing an electric Leaf vehicle (pictured above) for Nick Sharpe, the Scottish Renewables Director of Communications and Strategy. It…

Stellantis takes group approach to fleet deals with James Taylor appointment

James Taylor B2B Director Stellantis

STELLANTIS UK has appointed James Taylor as B2B director with a brief to coordinate the group’s brand approach to fleet deals. Taylor, who has huge experience in the fleet sector and was recently fleet director at Vauxhall, will be responsible for the large fleet customers of the Stellantis brands Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep, Peugeot and Vauxhall.…