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Remarketing sector frets over boom in values

BCAs new Retail Ready channel

THE booming market in used car prices is causing concern for the remarketing sector as it worries about when and how the market might go off the boil. The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) says it is still seeing rising prices during autumn at a time when values would normally be written down. Concerns about the economic impact of ending furlough and potential…

First view of new electric VW SUV

VW ID.4 rear static

SO this is the first sight we’ve had of the brand new electric Volkswagen SUV. It’s called the ID.4 and follows the launch of the ID.3 hatchback which has just started to ship to customers in the UK. The compact electric VW SUV has a range of 323 miles (520km) from a 77kWh battery. The electric motor provides 150kW (203PS) power, giving…

European EV market ahead of China

Electric car charging

THE number of plug-in cars – EVs and PHEVs – remains ahead of the Chinese market, according to the latest European Electric Car Report from Matthias Schmidt. Schmidt says that it’s marginal, but significant that Europe is ahead of what has been the biggest EV market after eight months. More than 53,000 pure electric BEV passenger cars were registered across Western Europe…

Kia outlines future EV product plans

Kia president and CEO Ho Sung Song outlines EV strategy

KIA is aiming to be a significant player in the EV market. The company already has the Kia Soul EV and Kia e-Niro EV, but it has unveiled a strategy to have seven new dedicated battery electric vehicles to launch by 2027 across several vehicle segments. These are part of its Plan S strategy which will see the company expanding its BEV…

AFP challenges negative narrative on the company car

Company car driver

THE Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) believes a continuing narrative on the decline of the company car is incorrect. While the association said it acknowledged that the growth of video conferencing had led to a some drivers opting out of the company car and there was a degree of structural change about how some functions go about their business, there were strong…

OLEV sees surge of PICG applications

Rise in PICG applications

OVER the last few months, OLEV has seen a dramatic rise in the number of applications for the government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PICG). According to a BVRLA report, the demand is higher than expected and applications may take longer than expected. The BVRLA says that OLEV is working closely with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) which checks and approves applications to the…

Uber aims to electrify half of its European rides

effect of Uber electrification of fleet

UBER has committed to electrifying 50% of its fleet that operate in European capitals by 2025. The ride hailing company will also make all its rides in Europe and North America fully electric by 2030. The outcome is the result of a sustained campaign by environmental group Transport & Environment and seven NGO partners to focus on the environmental impact of the…

Zap-Map introduces Zap-Pay app for cross network charging

Zap Pay now live from Zap Map

ZAP-MAP has launched Zap-Pay. It’s a new service that will allow EV drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks. Launched today (07 September 2020) by the leading electric vehicle (EV) mapping service Zap-Map, Engenie will be the first network available on Zap-Pay. Zap-Map says that further networks will join in the autumn, including ESB EV Solutions,…