Fleetdrive are Champion at the GreenFleet Awards 2015

Mike Potter, Managing Director of Fleetdrive, was presented with an ‘EV Champion’ award at the annual GreenFleet Awards ceremony at Edgbaston Stadium on Thursday October 22, by celebrity host Jo Caulfield. The award is presented to individuals championing the electric vehicle (EV) cause, as identified by the panel of judges from various sectors across the industry. Mike established Fleetdrive Electric, a specialist stream of Fleetdrive, the vehicle leasing business, back in 2011 to deliver expertise at the forefront of this developing market. Where others in the vehicle leasing industry have been wary of the practicality of electric vehicles and hesitant to promote them for business use, Mike has led and inspired his team in a proactive approach to address the needs, and often calm the fears, of clients who could benefit from adopting the new technology within their fleet. Creating new service products and…

Public sector fleets told to ‘lead by example’ on NOx

Harmful pollutants which affect air quality will be targeted by the Government in a new national fleet procurement strategy. Central and local government fleets will be expected to “lead by example”, with minimum mandatory standards on emissions for cars, vans, buses and trucks to be published next year. Private sector suppliers could be forced to follow suit, if the public sector specifies the standards in tenders, as the Government suggests. Plans to revise Government buying standards were revealed in a consultation document from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It includes a series of proposals to improve air quality in towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate consultation is being carried out by the Scottish Government. The focus will be on cutting nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – part of a group of gases called nitrogen oxides (NOx)…

Free Seminar: Introducing a ULEV Salary Sacrifice Scheme

Fleetdrive Electric will be hosting a free seminar at their offices in Marlow, Bucks, on November 11th 10am-1pm, to provide an introduction of how their new, exclusive Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Salary Sacrifice Scheme brings benefits to organisations, their employees and the environment. The launch of an ULEV Salary Sacrifice solution is the latest in a series of 2015 initiatives by Fleetdrive Electric, who are always exploring new, pioneering ways to support the UK’s transition to Ultra-Low Carbon Transport utilising their specialist knowledge and expertise. Fleetdrive Electric, which has more than 300 ULEV company cars and vans on its books, says interest from existing customers for car salary sacrifice has increased in recent months. Historically, Fleetdrive Electric’s focus has been the sub-100 fleet sector but the company believes that a salary sacrifice scheme specifically designed for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles can prove attractive to large and…

Manufacturers want “reasonable” timeline for real world driving emissions test

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling for a “reasonable” timeline to apply real driving emissions (RDE) measures. The request comes after a meeting of the European Commission’s regulatory committee, which has proposed some of the essential elements needed for legislation on real driving emissions (RDE). The automobile industry said it agrees with the need for emissions to more closely reflect real-world conditions, but stressed the need for a timeline and testing conditions that take into account the technical and economic realities of today’s markets, allowing for reasonable transition time to apply RDE to all new vehicles. “We are fully aligned with the need to better measure the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from diesel cars and vans under normal driving conditions,” said Erik Jonnaert, ACEA secretary general. “However, it is important to proceed in a way which allows manufacturers to plan and…