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BMW reveals its all-electric iX3

BMW iX3 revealed

TODAY BMW revealed its all-electric iX3 model in an online world premiere. The new electric SUV will come to the UK in summer 2021. It is the first X model from BMW that is fully electric. The zero emission SUV will have a range of 285 miles, and the ability to add 0-80 per cent of its battery charge in 34 minutes…

Online used car trader Cazoo buys bricks and mortar Imperial Cars

Cazoo Transporter

NEW start-up Cazoo, which offers used cars delivered to your door via an online platform, has bought Imperial Car Supermarket. The sum was undisclosed. Imperial is one of the largest independent used car retailers with 18 locations across the UK. Cazoo said the acquisition would provides a national network of storage, distribution, after sales and collection hubs, while also creating a combined…

Rental firm Sixt offers subscription service from just €349 a month

Sixt welcome screen

RENTAL company Sixt has launched a subscription service starting in its native Germany. Called Sixt+, the service is all inclusive with highly competitive rates starting at €349 a month. For this, Sixt+ is providing a Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta or Renault Clio for 500km – excess kilometres are charged at €0.20.  There is a €199 one-off fee to join the subscription service.…

AFP announces LCV committee members

AFP logo

THE Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) has announced the members of its Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) committee. The committee will serve as a forum for debate about essential fleet issues on LCV operation. Members of the AFP LCV committee are: Committee chair – Stewart Lightbody, deputy chair of the AFP Committee vice-chair – Denise Lane of Capita. Julie Summerell – TR Fleet…

Paul Hollick elected chair of AFP

Paul Hollick chair of the Association of Fleet Professionals

PAUL Hollick has been elected chair of the newly-formed Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP). Created in March through the integration of the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) and the Institute of Car Fleet Management), Hollick takes up the new position effective immediately. The change of chair follows the decision of Caroline Sandall to step down from the position of co-chair she…

JLR’s Carpe subscription brand renamed Pivotal to offer more flexible terms

JLR Pivotal subscription

JLR’s subscription service, Carpe, has been rebranded Pivotal as the OEM attempts to provide a more flexible Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering. Whereas Carpe offered subscribers a 12-month unlimited mileage single-payment subscription to a Jaguar or Land Rover model with no deposit, Pivotal now offers greater convenience with a 90 day minimum term, flexibility of payments and vehicle on a month-by-month basis. However, Pivotal…

New research: company car integral to UK corporate culture

New research company car integral

THE company car has been assaulted on many sides for years with suggestions that it was falling out of favour with employees. And increasing levels of benefit in kind taxation certainly added weight to that argument. But research from Arval, based on its Mobility Observatory, suggests that the company car is an integral part of corporate culture. Fewer than one in five…

V2G trial: 200 EV drivers apply in one week

Electric Nation V2G Trial attracts 200 applicants within a week

THE Electric Nation request for EV drivers to take part in its Vehicle to Grid (V2G) trial has had a huge response: within a week it has 200 drivers registered. Many of the applicants have two EVs already or are planning to acquire a second electric car. The V2G project aims to demonstrate how V2G technology can provide a solution to potential…