Unique alliance of retailers calls for sales targets to get more zero-emission trucks and vans on Europe’s roads

Global brands including Nestlé, Unilever, REWE Group and AB InBev have called for European leaders to impose sales targets on manufacturers for zero-emission trucks and vans to overcome a lack of supply. A letter signed by 30 businesses, haulier companies and associations, along with local authorities, has told incoming EU climate chief Frans Timmermans that binding sales targets are needed to overcome a lack of supply of clean vehicles. Without the targets, the EU’s ambitions for emission reductions are likely to fail, they warned.

Unique alliance of retailers calls for sales targets to get more zero-emission trucks and vans on Europe’s roads

Dec 09, 2019

Global brands including Nestlé, Unilever, REWE Group and AB InBev have called for European leaders to impose sales targets on manufacturers for zero-emission trucks and vans to overcome a lack of supply. A letter signed by 30 businesses, haulier companies and associations, along with local authorities, has told incoming EU climate chief Frans Timmermans that binding sales targets are needed to overcome a lack of supply of clean vehicles. Without the targets, the EU’s ambitions for emission reductions are likely to fail, they warned.

ALD Automotive launches corporate car-sharing platform in three new countries

ALD Automotive has launched its car-sharing service in France, the Netherlands and Spain. ALD Carsharing already operates in Denmark, Germany and Italy, providing shared access to a pool of corporate vehicles that can be booked digitally by multiple users to maximise vehicle usage. Customers use a smartphone app to book a vehicle from a pool of shared cars and obtain keyless access.

ALD Automotive launches corporate car-sharing platform in three new countries

Dec 06, 2019

ALD Automotive has launched its car-sharing service in France, the Netherlands and Spain. ALD Carsharing already operates in Denmark, Germany and Italy, providing shared access to a pool of corporate vehicles that can be booked digitally by multiple users to maximise vehicle usage. Customers use a smartphone app to book a vehicle from a pool of shared cars and obtain keyless access.

ESB Networks begins phasing out diesel van fleet as it switches to electric vehicles

Irish power provider ESB Networks has purchased 70 electric commercial vehicles from Nissan in one of the largest purchases of its kind in Ireland. The Nissan ENV200s will be added to the fleet throughout 2020 and will offset an estimated 170 tonnes of localised carbon emissions annually compared to its current diesel small van fleet. The vehicles will be deployed nationally in areas including metering and stores. ESB currently operates a fleet of 2,000 vehicles, with a mix of small, medium and large vans, HGVs and 4x4s.

ESB Networks begins phasing out diesel van fleet as it switches to electric vehicles

Dec 06, 2019

Irish power provider ESB Networks has purchased 70 electric commercial vehicles from Nissan in one of the largest purchases of its kind in Ireland. The Nissan ENV200s will be added to the fleet throughout 2020 and will offset an estimated 170 tonnes of localised carbon emissions annually compared to its current diesel small van fleet. The vehicles will be deployed nationally in areas including metering and stores. ESB currently operates a fleet of 2,000 vehicles, with a mix of small, medium and large vans, HGVs and 4x4s.

Europe

Leasing companies plan for 2020 growth in a market of “entrenched uncertainty”

Dec 05, 2019

An atmosphere of global “entrenched uncertainty” is one of the key challenges facing leasing companies in 2020, but finance providers can continue to grow by ensuring they adapt to change, industry leaders have been told. Key challenges facing UK leasing companies next year will include the economy, the impact of regulation and environmental issues, delegates at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association Industry Outlook Conference heard. In the short to medium term, the economy and Brexit will remain at centre stage as the country decides on its future direction through a general election on December 12.

Americas

Bogotá creates one of world’s largest electric bus fleets

Nov 25, 2019

Colombian capital Bogotá has ordered 379 electric buses from electric vehicle specialist BYD. They will be put to use on the city’s Transmilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system and are due to begin operation in 2020, starting in the neighbourhoods of Usme and Fontibón in the south and west of the city respectively. Once operation begins, it will be largest electric bus fleet on the continent and among the biggest in the world.

Asia Pacific

How leasing helped to create a Chinese electric vehicle fleet that leads the world

Dec 03, 2019

In four years, Shenzhen in China oversaw the creation of a fleet of 62,000 electric goods vehicles. As John Maslen reports, leasing played a crucial role, while the lessons learned during deployment will apply across the world as cities target a zero-emission future.