Two-Thirds of UK Van Drivers Ready to Plug Into Electric Savings
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by Phil Huff
1w ago
Most UK van drivers now accept that electric vans are cheaper to run than their petrol or diesel-powered rivals. More than two-thirds of LCV drivers quizzed in a study by Volkswagen Commercial Services also say that EVs would suit their business needs and day-to-day work. Almost one-third (29%) of respondents said that the ULEZ expansion in London is the driving force behind a change to electric power. The survey also demonstrated that there’s growing acknowledgement of the benefits of making the switch to electric, while some barriers to adoption persist. Almost three-quarters of van drivers ..read more
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Citroen Berlingo Stays Ahead of the Pack as UK’s Top Small Van of the Decade
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by Phil Huff
1w ago
The Citroen Berlingo Van remains the top-selling small van in the UK, according to the latest registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The Berlingo leads the UK’s small van market year-to-date, with 4,870 units sold in 2024. Its popularity among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) has kept it at the top of the UK small van sales charts since 2020, with 50,043 registrations. This surpasses the Ford Transit Connect, with 46,317 sales, while the Berlingo’s sister van from Peugeot, the Partner, is in third place with 43,036 sales. The new Berlingo Van is part ..read more
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Ineos Launches VAT Qualifying Grenadier Commercial at £52,000
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by Phil Huff
1w ago
The Ineos Grenadier is a capable off-road vehicle, but commercial users have been frustrated at paying VAT on the Utility Wagon version. The manufacturer has resolved that problem, launching the Grenadier Commercial, a customised version of the 4×4 that qualifies owners to reclaim VAT and receive lower benefit-in-kind tax rates. Replacing the existing two-seat Utility Wagon, the Grenadier Commercial features several changes to ensure it qualifies as a commercial vehicle. The rear windows have been replaced with aluminium panels — perfect for sign writing — while the rear passenger door windows ..read more
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Jewson Builds Fleet With 178 Iveco Daily Vans
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by Phil Huff
2w ago
Jewson has added 178 Iveco Daily 3.5-tonne dropsides to its fleet to support its network of 250 tool hire branches nationwide. The building merchant’s fleet expansion includes Daily chassis cabs with a 3,450mm wheelbase and larger 3,750mm models designed to accommodate longer loads. Joining Jewson’s existing fleet of 1,600 commercial vehicles, the Daily’s robust truck-based chassis supports a significant payload capacity, enhancing the vehicle’s ability to transport heavy equipment efficiently. The model also offers a 3.5-tonne towing capacity, suitable for hauling generators and other large m ..read more
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Innovation Automotive to Launch ‘Next Level’ DFSK and Skywell Electric Vans
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
Innovation Automotive, the UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle company, is reinventing itself ahead of introducing three new electric vans. After introducing the compact DFSK EC35 van to the UK in 2021, Innovation Automotive will replace it with vans in the small, medium, and large segments. The medium-sized van is expected to be based on the Dongfeng Sokon RuiChi EC75, a Chinese model powered, in its home territory, by a 42kWh battery pack that’s good for a range of 156 miles. That’s a long way short of the forthcoming Ford E-Transit Custom’s 236-mile range or 230-mile capability of the M ..read more
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Maxus Debuts eDeliver 5 Electric Van With 208 Mile Range and £34,000 Price Tag
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
Maxus has revealed its new eDeliver 5 electric van at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. As the name suggests, it’s larger than the compact eDeliver 3 but smaller than the eDeliver 7 and large eDeliver 9 vans. The pre-reveal slogan “The BUZZ is great, but it’s time to DELIVER” clearly signposts Maxus’s primary target customer, with the eDeliver 5 bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Volkswagen ID Buzz Cargo. Power comes from a 163hp electric motor that develops 240Nm of torque. Energy is provided by a 64kWh battery pack that, according to WLTP testing, is enough to g ..read more
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BYD Shark Plug-in Hybrid Pickup Teased Ahead of European Sales
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
BYD is entering the pickup market with the Shark, the newly confirmed plug-in hybrid pickup that will be coming to Europe. The Chinese manufacturing behemoth has teased its forthcoming model while confirming that it will wear the Shark badge. This ties in with BYD’s use of aquatic names for its models, including, in the UK, Dolphin and Seal. The front end of the BYD Shark is reminiscent of the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, with a similar light signature and bold, blanked-off grille with a large corporate logo in the centre. The rest of the pickup follows the general trend for the genre, with sl ..read more
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Isuzu and ARB UK Team Up to Launch ARB HUB Dealer Program
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
Isuzu has partnered with accessory supplier ARB UK to launch a new dealer program called ARB HUB. As part of the ARB HUB program — part of Isuzu’s effort to improve service and offer more 4×4 accessories to customers across the UK — select Isuzu dealers will receive specialised training to become centres for ARB 4×4 accessories. These hubs will provide a full range of ARB products and services, catering specifically to the needs of off-road and vehicle camping enthusiasts. ARB, an Australian company known for its quality 4×4 accessories, offers a variety of products that improve off-road perfo ..read more
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Monthly Subscription for Ford E-Transit Vans Offers Fleet Flexibility
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
Ford has introduced a monthly subscription service for Ford E-Transit vehicles through its Ford Drive program. The service is aimed at business owners wanting a flexible option for fleet expansion and for those keen to see how an electric van fits into their business without committing to buying. The subscription includes a comprehensive service, maintenance, and repair plan covering all components, tyres, and breakdowns, plus additional Ford Pro benefits like mobile servicing. The subscription is indefinitely renewable with a minimum commitment of just one month, making it ideal for businesse ..read more
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A Bigger, Bolder D-Max: Isuzu Unveils Arctic Trucks AT37 Pickup
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by Phil Huff
3w ago
Isuzu has shown off a rugged go-anywhere concept for its D-Max pickup, taking the popular Arctic Trucks AT35 version and making it bigger and bolder to create the AT37. More than just a slightly larger number, the AT37 benefits from an adjustable Arctic Trucks Bilstein performance suspension system with 10 different settings, upgraded front and rear differentials, additional front and rear elevation increases, and enormous 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 Mud-Terrain tyres. All told it stands 140mm taller than a regular D-Max. As with the existing AT35 model, the concept AT37 receives extensive re-engi ..read more
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