A recent report conducted by LeasePlan, which surveyed 4,000 people in 16 countries, found 61 per cent of global respondents favour zero-emission electric driving, while half of UK respondents said their desire to own an electric vehicle (EV) has risen in the last three years, reports GlobalData.
Commenting on Deloitte’s recent research suggesting strong growth in the electric vehicle market, Steve Jones, Strategy and Transformation Director at LeasePlan UK, said: “Although this new report is extremely promising, the UK’s contribution to this global number is likely to be minimal.
New research conducted to coincide with the launch of CarNext.com, a new digital high-quality used car platform powered by LeasePlan, revealed how strong Britons’ love affair with their motors is. The research revealed that cars (72 per cent) rank second only to their partners (74 per cent) in importance to everyday life. It turns out, cars are prioritised over jobs (52 per cent), television (43 per cent) and jewellery (18 per cent).
Vehicle management leader, LeasePlan has announced changes at the top of its business – with LeasePlan UK’s current managing director Matt Dyer appointed as president and chief executive officer of LeasePlan USA, and current LeasePlan Italy managing director, Alfonso Martínez stepping into the managing director role in the UK.
LeasePlan Corporation N.V., known for its Car-as-a-Service concept, and SAIC Mobility Europe, a division of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to bring the first large full electric Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) to continental Europe. Tyres & Accessories understands that tyres and maintenance are included in the deal.
LeasePlan Corporation N.V. has signed an agreement at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco with Land Life Company, a leading nature restoration venture, to help LeasePlan customers make their trips carbon neutral.
After the Prime Minister announced an additional £106 million for R&D in green vehicles, new batteries and low carbon technology at the UK’s first Zero Emission Vehicle Summit on 11 September, LeasePlan UK’s managing director Matt Dyer made the following comment:
Most Brits love nothing more than basking in the sunshine, and Britain is experiencing a heatwave, as tropical air from the Atlantic Azores islands engulfs the nation over the next 10 days.
This will affect us all, but for those planning road trips it’s essential to be prepared. Drivers need to be informed about the hazards the heat can bring – especially as drivers clock up almost 20 per cent more miles than they do in cold weather. To make things simple, LeasePlan UK has created an easy to follow checklist for when it heats up in the summer months.
According to a recent Co-op survey, over 37 per cent of Brits who take their cars abroad worry about driving on the wrong side of the road and misunderstanding road signs has resulted in almost 860,000 avoidable road crashes.
LeasePlan has released its annual Car Cost Index, with the latest analysis showing that electric vehicles (EVs) are now becoming cost competitive in several European countries, including the UK. The UK has been ranked as the fifth most cost-effective country in Europe to own an electric vehicle. According to the Index, the total monthly cost of owning an electric vehicle in the UK is £630 (€719), 14 per cent lower than the European average of £719 (€819).
At 40mph a car needs a total of 36 metres to stop but commercial vehicles need almost twice that. Stopping distances for light and commercial vehicles are influenced by a number of additional factors, including the tyre pressure, compound and tread pattern, weight of the load carried and of course the speed of the vehicle.
A large number (46 per cent) of middle aged drivers admitted to using their cars for ‘me time’ to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. New consumer research from LeasePlan UK, one of the world’s largest vehicle management groups, shows Brits still have a love for driving and the freedom it gives them. The happiest of all drivers, still coming off the hype of passing their test, are the youngest motorists (26 per cent) compared to just 15 per cent of 45 to 54 year olds.
Usually, when we publish tips for drivers, they deal with coping with extremes of weather, such as torrential rainfall or snowy and icy roads, so it makes a change to go to the other extreme. With the latest prolonged spell of hot weather, and temperatures forecast to surpass 30°, It is important that drivers are informed about the hazards the heat can bring especially as there are currently over 36.7 million vehicles on the road. To make things simple, LeasePlan UK have created an easy to follow checklist for when it heats up in the summer months.
It did not take long for various sectors of the automotive industry and aftermarket to voice their reactions to the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament on Wednesday. One such reaction came from Brian Madderson, Chairman of The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA). He said: “The PRA has raised concerns directed at the government’s announcement that large retailers and motorway service areas (MSA) will be required to install electric charge points”.