Citroen Berlingo Multispace goes electric this Autumn…

Citroën is to launch an electric version of its Berlingo Multispace MPV which offers a range of up to 106 miles on the NEDC cycle and is just as spacious as the petrol and diesel models. Joining the popular Berlingo Electric LCV, the MPV will feature a It also features two sliding side doors, plus a large rear tailgate that also features a window that opens independently to facilitate loading in confined spaces. The E-Berlingo’s lithium-ion batteries are neatly slotted under the car’s metalwork, either side of the rear axle. That means passenger and cargo space are unaffected and the five-seat layout can be modified to fold the rear seats away, boosting boot volume from 675 litres to 3,000 litres with a fully flat load area. The drivetrain is taken from the electric Berlingo van and features a permanent magnet synchronous motor with lithium-ion…

West London Businesses invited to join electric vehicle trial

Under the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, the London Borough of Hillingdon and its partners (the London Borough of Hounslow, Heathrow Airport and GSK) are offering local businesses the opportunity to trial electric vehicles in the workplace at no cost, other than providing their own insurance. The trial will give participants the opportunity to: Test an electric vehicle over a two- to four-week period. Gain first-hand experience of utilising an electric vehicle (EV) for your day-to-day business use. Understand whether using an EV meets your usage requirements and whether it could be beneficial for your company. The trial has been made possible through funding from the London Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) and is open to all businesses with a company vehicle in the Borough of Hillingdon and surrounding area. It is being coordinated by Ricardo Energy & Environment, with vehicles provided by Fleetdrive Electric….

Renault Master offers zero-emission solution for last-mile deliveries

The Renault Master Z.E. is the electric version of the Master, aimed primarily at fleets running last-mile distribution services in a city. It gains the Z.E. expertise of Renault, European leader in electric vehicles, while maintaining all the qualities that have made Master a benchmark in the heavy van sector. Highlights of the new Renault Master Z.E.: Equipped with a 33kWh battery which was co-developed by Renault and LG Chem. It features a major innovation: increased energy density obtained by improving the chemistry of the battery cells. Fitted with the R75, a motor of advanced energy efficiency, with an output of 57kW/76hp, inherited from the Renault ZOE. Built in France, this tried-and-tested motor makes Master Z.E. ideal for use in and around the city. Master Z.E. has a top speed of 71mph that can be limited depending on customer needs. Range of 124 miles…

Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 March 2017

HMRC has updated Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) which apply from 1 March 2017. AFRs apply when employees are reimbursed for business travel in their company cars, or where they are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. The following table shows the new rates as well as the previous rates in brackets. The only changes are to petrol rates which have risen by a penny per mile for vehicles over 2000cc and LPG vehicles over 2000cc which is also up by a penny. All other rates remain the same.   Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 11 pence 7 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc 22 pence 14 pence Engine size Diesel – amount per mile 1600cc or less 9 pence 1601cc to 2000cc 11 pence Over…