CarConnect to harmonise home plug-in-vehicle charging

CarConnect, a pioneering project that will help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles (PIVs) charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are becoming a practical choice for drivers, with the variety of makes and models available on the market continuing to increase. In the last two years alone, the UK has seen a 716% increase in PIV registrations. With increases in battery size and charger rating, PIVs and hybrids are set to become commonplace, with a widening mass appeal. By the early 2020s there could be as many as one million ultra-low emission plug-in-vehicles on UK roads. This is all good news for air quality and the environment. It is known from other projects that clusters of PIVs will have an impact on our local electricity networks; this…

BVRLA kart race raises more than £5,000 for automotive charity BEN

The BVRLA’s leasing broker committee has raised more than £5,000 for automotive industry charity BEN through its annual Broker200 kart race. The race, which is in its fourth year, saw 20 teams from funders, leasing brokers, rental companies and vehicle manufacturers head to Daytona Milton Keynes last week. After two-and-a-half hours of competitive racing, Fleetdrive Management crossed the finish line in first place, ahead of Autodata by just 66 seconds. Rounding out the podium was the team from Fleet Assist, who completed 112 laps of the 1,100m international circuit. Mike Potter, BVRLA leasing broker committee chairman, said: “This year’s race was incredibly challenging. “We started on a damp track, had a light shower during qualifying and then again towards the end of the race. “It was fiercely competitive, but we were all there to raise money for BEN, and we’re glad we could help…

New Brand Makes it Easy for New Car Buyers to Drive Electric

DriveElectric has launched with a desire to help people identify electric cars not only as an environmentally friendly transport solution, but as a practical and affordable option when choosing a new car. With the UK’s public charging-point network growing everyday, advances in battery technology making electric cars more affordable (and with greater mileage range) than ever before, anyone looking to buy a new car now has the realistic option to consider an electric version and move away from traditional fuel engines. Having undertaken market research, which included a survey with more than 180 respondents and a focus group of existing and potential electric vehicle users, Fleetdrive Management Ltd, the parent company, have worked to develop a consumer brand which reflects the market needs and provides specialist support to nurture this growing sector. DriveElectric will focus exclusively on making it simple for new car buyers…

Fleetdrive Electric leading Britain to a cleaner future

A new initiative launched this week will recognise UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a new government and automotive industry initiative run by campaign group Go Ultra Low. As part of the announcement, Fleetdrive Electric has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, in recognition of how the organisation has already opened its vehicle fleets to plug-in cars and vans and made a commitment to boosting their uptake over the next five years. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by our Go Ultra Low companies and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to…