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All-new heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) will need to be zero emission by 2040, the UK government has announced at COP26 on Transport Day (November 10, 2021). The government will phase out non-zero emission HGVs below 26 tons by 2035, with all new HGVs sold in the UK to be zero emission from 2040, making it a world first for the UK.

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UK Home Deliveries See Number of Vans on Operating Leases Surge

The rise of e-commerce and the demand for home delivery has seen the number of light commercial vehicles funded by the UK’s major leasing companies increase by nearly 5% year-on-year. The number of vans underwritten leasing company books was 462,863 - an increase of 21,515 vehicles.

Europcar Launches DuoFlex Business Subscription Service

Europcar in the UK has launched a new flexible vehicle subscription service called DuoFlex. The subscription is based on a minimum 28 day rental but also adds a second vehicle for two days, twice a month, which eliminates the additional costs when the usual company vehicle doesn’t fulfill the normal business requirements.

Zenith Commercial Adds Senior Hires to Bolster UK Growth

The commercial vehicle division of independent leasing company Zenith has appointed a trio of highly experienced executives. Zenith Commercial said the division now managed in excess of 50,000 commercial vehicles. Customers included firms in the food distribution, home shopping, parcel delivery, logistics, cash in transit, and construction and infrastructure-related services.

Long-Term LCV Rental Option Launched By Leasys

The Italian leasing company Leasys has launched a new long-term rental option for light commercial vehicles. Called Leasys Pro, the rental includes full maintenance and insurance for a complete turn-key solution aimed at both corporate fleets, SME businesses and the self-employed.

How a UK Utility Company Is Helping Decarbonize Fleets

SSE Energy Solutions, a utility company, is working with fleets and communities to hasten the roll out of additional charging points. SSE Energy Solutions has not only been planning the infrastructure, but it’s been helping fleets decarbonize and make the transition to EVs.

New Head Of Fleet Sales At MG Motor

Reflecting the growing presence of the Chinese-owned MG brand in the UK thanks to its electric range of models and keen pricing, Geraint Isaac has been promoted to a new role as head of fleet sales for MG Motor, effective October 01, 2021.

McLeod New Director of VW UK to Lead Electrification Offensive

Rod McLeod, the former head of Skoda in the UK, is to become the new director of Volkswagen UK, effective Jan. 2, 2022. McLeod takes over the main Volkswagen job from current director, Andrew Savvas, who takes up a new role with Volkswagen of America.

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions Rebrands To Novuna Vehicle Solutions

Hitachi Capital Fleet Solutions is rebranding and will be known as Novuna Vehicle Solutions. The leasing company, ranked inside the top 10 for fleet size in the UK with over 95,000 vehicles on its fleet, will be renamed by April 2022. Parent company Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC will also change its legal name to Mitsubishi HC Capital UK PLC.

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