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VAUXHALL UNVEILS EV VERSION OF VIVARO LIFE

Vauxhall’s flagship variant of the Vivaro Life passenger vehicle is the all-electric Vivaro-e Life.

The announcement follows the fully electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e earlier this year. The Vivaro-e Life MPV has space for nine passengers, while the 50kWh battery provides a range of up to 143 miles (WLTP). Seating nine, it uses the same 134bhp motor and 50kWh battery as its Citroën ë-Spacetourer and Peugeot e-Traveller siblings for a 143-mile range.

Available in two lengths, standard and long-wheelbase and with a maximum towing capacity of 1,000kg, the Vivaro-e Life also sports electric sliding doors, moveable leather seats and a panoramic glass roof.

New Peugeot e-Traveller Electric Eight Seat Minibus

Available later this year the new all-electric e-Traveller will be one of a small number of eight- seat electric Minibuses on the market. The e-Traveller is mechanically identical e-Expert panel van, with the same front mounted electric motor as the Peugeot e-208. It puts out 134bhp and 192lb ft, enough for a 0-62mph time of 13.1sec and a top speed of 80mph.

Peugeot Electric Minibus

The 50kWh battery allows a range of up to 143 miles on the WLTP cycle. Two types of on-board charger are offered – a single-phase 7.4kW unit and an optional three-phase 11kW unit – but the e-Traveller can be charged at up to 100kW via a suitable public charger, allowing for an 80% charge in 30 minutes.

Like the standard Traveller, the e-Traveller can be specified in both long- and short-wheelbase forms: a 4.95m Standard model and a 5.3m Long version. Up to eight passengers can be carried, leaving 1500 litres of boot space, with that figure extending to 4900 litres when the rearmost two rows of seats are removed. The batteries underneath the floor do not impact on interior space, and the e-Expert’s 1000kg towing is preserved.

Specific styling changes for the e-Traveller, other than the obvious charging flap, include a specific grille and e-Traveller badging. Inside, the instruments, touchscreen and head-up display are all altered to show EV specific graphics and data.

Peugeot Electric Minibus

Three driving modes allow different power levels, with ‘Eco’ restricting the car to 80bhp and ‘Power’ allowing the full 134bhp. Adjustable regenerative braking also features.

Full specification and pricing are yet to be announced. To register your interest and be kept up to date with specification and pricing email sales@redkite-minibuses.com

NEW ELECTRIC PEUGEOT MINIBUS FOR 2021

The arrival in 2021of the new Peugeot e-Expert, 9 seat electric minibuses will join the growing number of electrified commercial vehicles on sale — largely targeting cities where there is a greater need to cut emissions and pollution. While few technical details have been revealed, Peugeot’s owner the PSA Group has announced that the new model will be available with two different electric powertrains — one offering a range of 124 miles, and the other 186 miles, equivalent to in excess of 45,000 annual mileage. As a Peugeot Accredited Supplier, Red Kite will be working closely with Peugeot through 2020 ready for the arrival of the new electric minibus early next year. Xavier Peugeot, Senior Vice-President of Group PSA’s commercial vehicles, said: “The PSA Group is pushing ahead with the electrification of its LCV range by offering electric versions of compact vans for business and individual customers. “Without compromising on features, the range will help strengthen our leadership in this segment in Europe. In 2021, our entire range of LCVs and their passenger car equivalents will be electrified. PSA Group have also confirmed electric versions of the Peugeot Boxer, Citroen Relay and Vauxhall Vivaro minibuses will be available. No official launch date yet but industry sources indicate a starting price of around £60,000

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Government Reducing EV Workplace Charging Scheme Grant

Electric Charge Point

If your organisation is looking to install electric vehicle charging points in the near future, act now and save money. This week the government announced that from the 1st of April 2020 the grant for workplace charging scheme (WCS) will be set at £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the WCS. This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1st April 2020 and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1st April 2020 for WCS.

However they also announced a doubling of the number of sockets allowed under the WCS from 20 to 40. To date over 120,000 domestic chargepoint installations have benefited from HMG grants as well as over 6,500 workplace installations, across the UK. The announcement also said ‘Reducing the grant rate will enable more people to benefit from both schemes and provide better value for money for the taxpayer. These are still key government incentive schemes that will continue to support the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK. The average cost of chargepoint installations has steadily reduced since the introduction of the schemes, so the decrease is in line with this’

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Ford Confirms All Electric Transit

The best-selling cargo van in the world – Ford Transit – is going digital, with an all-electric version coming for the 2022 model year.

Ford has confirmed that an all-electric version of its hugely popular Transit van will hit the American and Canadian marketplace in 2022.

The reinvented Transit will be made in the US, most likely at a new purpose-built EV production facility in Michigan, and forms part of the company’s $11.5 billion (£9bn) global electrification strategy.

A preview sketch shows that, in panel van form, the new Transit will largely retain the silhouette of the current model, but – as is usually the case with electric versions of combustion vehicles – it will likely feature a blanked-off grille and bespoke lighting clusters.

Ford has revealed that, like the current Transit, the electric version will be available to buy in van, truck and cutaway cab forms. Buyers can also choose from three body length and roof height options.

It is not yet known precisely what will power the electric Transit, although it can be expected to share some hardware with the recently revealed Mach-E electric SUV. Ford has confirmed that the new Transit will offer enhanced connectivity functions over the current van, with a number of features aimed at reducing waste and improving fleet efficiency. In-built 4G functionality allows fleet managers to access live location and fault diagnostic data, as well as imposing virtual perimeters and monitoring driving behaviour.

The commercial vehicle will be sold as standard with a suite of advanced driver assistance programmes, including automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist and automatic high-beam headlights. It has not yet been confirmed when the electric Transit will be offered overseas, but it will likely arrive in Europe shortly after the upcoming plug-in hybrid variant.

Ford president Jim Farley said: “Commercial vehicles are a critical component to our big bet on electrification. As leaders in this space, we are accelerating our plans to create solutions that help businesses run better, starting with our all-electric Transit and F-150.

“This Ford Transit isn’t just about creating an electric drivetrain. It’s about designing and developing a digital product that propels fleets forward.”

Ford will reveal pricing and specifications for the electric Transit at a later date.

PURE ELECTRIC FORD TRANSIT MINIBUS SET TO ARRIVE BY 2021

Ford have revealed the new Transit Smart Energy Concept – a one-of-a-kind 10-seater minibus that is helping the company explore solutions for maximising the energy efficiency and driving range of future electrified vehicles.

 

Delivering 150 km (93 miles) driving range from a 4-hour charge, and developed by engineers at Ford’s Merkenich Technical Centre, Germany, the concept uses a Ford Transit chassis fitted with the same battery-electric drivetrain technology as the StreetScooter WORK XL, supported by energy-saving and energy-generating innovations.

With an expected arrival date of 2021, Ford anticipates further road-trials with the Transit Smart Energy Concept this year, after completing wind-tunnel tests. “By developing this concept we’ve found a number of clever ways to save energy that could help further improve the electrified vehicle experience for customers in the future,” said Kilian Vas, project leader, Vehicle Architecture, Ford of Europe.

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WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF WORKPLACE EV CHARGE POINTS?

The two key costs of workplace EV charge points are the price of the unit and the installation fees. Based on a standard project, a fully installed Type 2 7kW double-header unit would typically cost around £1,500, after the WCS Grant – in this case worth £600 – has been applied.

Likewise, a 22kW double-headed post unit costs £2,500 – £5,000 (inc WCS Grant), while a fully installed rapid charge unit can cost up to £35,000. Once a suitable unit has been selected, the installer will be able to give a quote for the unit and installation costs. As with other business infrastructure projects, it is recommended that businesses obtain a few quotes.

TARGETED CHARGING POINT SCHEMES FOR SCOTLAND

Workplace charge point funding is available to Scottish organisations through the Energy Saving Trust, though because of the high demand, the level of support on offer to organisations cannot be guaranteed.

Scottish Vehicle Charging

Applications are assessed on criteria including whether there is currently an EV fleet to support, if public access to the point(s) would be possible, and how many users the point is likely to have. This is then given a priority rating of High (100%), Medium (75%) or Low (50%), with funding allocated accordingly. Contact electricvehiclesscotland@est.org.uk

WCS Grant information courtesy of zap-map.com for full details visit www.zap-map.com

WORK PLACE ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING POINT GRANT

Funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Workplace Charging Scheme provides a grant for businesses to reduce the cost of having an EV charge point installed at their premises.

The grant allows businesses, charities, and local authorities to claim 75% of the total cost of installation, up to a maximum of £500 per socket installed, and with a maximum of 20 sockets across all sites for each applicant. Firms based in the United Kingdom (exc. Channel Islands and Isle of Man) can claim and don’t necessarily need a plug-in vehicle on the company’s books.

The charge points are required to have a need declared for them on application, which could include: existing EV fleet vehicles, to add an incentive for the uptake of plug-in vehicles with staff, to provide a charging solution for visitors, or to charge EVs planned to be purchased by the business or organisation. Charging for customers (where applicable) is not eligible for WCS funding.

Standard three-pin sockets are not eligible for funding and the EV charge points can only be fitted by accredited OLEV installers. These must provide a minimum of 3kW, with the supply not diminished by charging multiple vehicles simultaneously. Companies cannot claim for existing EV charging points, as the grant is available only for new charge points yet to be installed. The company also has to have dedicated off-street parking for staff, visitors or fleet use.

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