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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…

Electric car ownership more than doubles in four UK regions over past year

BMW i3 being loaded up as EV ownership more than doubles in four regions

FOUR regions across the UK have seen electric vehicle numbers more than double in the past 12 months, according to analysis of DVLA data by LeaseLoco. The figures look at pure-electric (battery electric) car registrations across the UK. The car lease comparison site reports that the North West experienced the fastest growth compared to the same period in 2020, though the South…

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…

Branding becomes critical for van fleets

van branding for a carpet fitter

LEASING brokers offering vans should take note of this growing opportunity: home shopping and home supply services during the pandemic have highlighted a noticeable shift in fleet attitudes to commercial vehicle branding. According to Mediafleet, an Oxfordshire-based graphics and wrapping specialist, businesses are realising that their vans are now potentially one of the most visible and effective marketing tools of the customer…

Pike + Bambridge prepare for growth with expansion of senior team

Pike Bambridge senior team 1

New members of the Pike + Bambridge senior team, left to right: Craig Daniel, Susan Russell, Richard Utting and Piers Bambridge EDINBURGH-based leasing broker Pike + Bambridge has added three new appointments to its senior team in preparation for significant growth. Richard Utting joins as commercial director; Susan Russell as head of marketing; and Craig Daniel as head of private client concierge.…