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Nexus electrifies rental with launch of first single source online EV booking platform

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Nexus Vehicle Rental has launched a new dedicated electric vehicle (EV) online rental platform for business use as part of its revamped IRIS V5 rental management system. In addition to the dedicated EV rental dashboard, IRIS users can expect a revised look and feel to the technology. 

The launch of Nexus’ EV rental platform will enable businesses to meet the rising demand for alternative, cleaner mobility solutions and it is a first within the corporate rental market. 

David Brennan, CEO at Nexus Vehicle Rental, said: “By launching the UK’s first online electric vehicle (EV) rental platform for business use, Nexus is leading the way. It is a big decision for businesses to switch to EVs and sensible phasing in is needed. The dedicated platform eases the process by assisting our clients to gradually trial and transition to EVs by avoiding large upfront expenditure.  EV adoption will take time and the scale of available vehicles will now start to grow.

“We are constantly looking to develop our services with new and innovative software and IRIS is our flagship product that facilitates this. We know our clients will appreciate the new look and feel of the platform and this should help to streamline rental management further, ultimately driving cost savings through innovation.”

Due to high demand, orders of electric fleet vehicles can take up to six months for delivery. As a result, Nexus has observed a rising trend of short and medium-term EV rental bookings to plug the gaps in supply.

Nexus’ award-winning IRIS software provides access to the UK’s largest supply chain of more than 550,000 vehicles from more than 2,000 locations across the UK, from an electric car to a 32 tonne refuse vehicle. 

To complement the platform launch, Nexus has also created a dedicated EV guide the latest in its Glovebox Guide series – to highlight the benefits of operating EVs within fleets, while offering practical advice to drivers.

To download a copy of the latest Glovebox Guide on EV’s, head to https://www.nexusrental.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Electric-Vehicles-Glovebox-Guide-1.pdf

To view the latest look for IRIS and the new EV platform, head to https://nexusrental-1.wistia.com/medias/ec984uwktq?wtime=0s 

Can you help these fleet professionals with these projects?

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At this summer’s Fleet Summit we will have around 60 senior fleet management professionals who are attending the event to source new suppliers and new solutions.

This unique event takes place on June 8th & 9th at Heythrop Park Resort, Oxfordshire where you will have the opportunity to connect with them for a series of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings.

Our fleet buyers come from all areas of industry – and from both the private and public sectors. But their common goal is to create new business relationships with suppliers like yours.

Their reasons for attending and sourcing new suppliers include:

  • Driver training
  • Electric charging infrastructure
  • Fleet management software
  • Fuel card tender
  • Hybrids
  • Leasing tender
  • Low emission
  • Moving fleet to minimum Euro V1 diesel or electric
  • Replacement of ambulances and fast response cars
  • Road safety
  • Vehicle replacement programme
  • Vehicle tender

If you can help with any of these projects, contact us today!

Are you looking for new innovations in supply chain, distribution and logistics?

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If the answer is ‘yes’, then we’d like to invite you to the Total Supply Chain Summit on May 18th & 19th 2020 at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire.

Meet with new suppliers, attend insightful seminar sessions and network with fellow senior supply chain, distribution and logistics professionals.

Plus, your complimentary guest pass includes overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments and an invitation to our networking dinner with entertainment.

Simply register your place here!

Fleets ‘still wary of 2020 prospects’

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Fleets remain wary of the possibility of economic and company car market headwinds in 2020 despite the additional certainty provided by the General Election result.

That’s according to Meridian Vehicle Solutions Managing Director Phil Jerome, who says that the medium term rental product that his company provides gave a useful insight into the mindset of businesses at this time and that, while confidence had improved, there were still reservations.

“Over the last few years, with all the uncertainty that surrounded the Brexit process, we have seen many businesses use medium term rental because, at least in part, they wanted to put off making a decision on long terms lease until things felt more stable,” said Jerome.

“While it is still early days, I think it is possible to detect a slight change of mood. Whether people liked the election result or not, it has removed a degree of that uncertainty. 

“However, there remains quite a lot to be concerned about. At a macro level, economic growth is likely to remain sluggish and the Brexit trade deal negotiations are only just beginning. Within our sector, there is change in the shape of the development of the EV market and the continuing displacement of diesel – alongside uncertainty resulting from not knowing what will happen with company car taxation, with even the forthcoming rates not yet passed into law.

“For that reason, we do not expect to see any kind of unleashing of market demand and a flood of new, longer term leases signed. People are feeling happier but far from secure.”

Jerome added that one of the trends that Meridian had noticed in recent years was that, once they had embarked on a cycle of swapping their cars on a 6-12 month basis using medium term rental, they were largely content to continue.

“The fact is that the rental rates that we provide are simply not that much more expensive than conventional 3-4 year leases. Initially, customers often seem to feel that the idea of swapping your car much more regularly is perhaps somehow frivolous but that passes, simply because it makes sense for them in terms of cost and commitment,” says Jerome.

“Our feeling is that, for the customers who are using medium term rental as a means to defer long-term obligations, it will take a fairly decisive move towards greater economic and market certainty before they look again at longer-term leases.”
 

5 reasons to attend the Fleet Summit

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Register today for the Fleet Summit – It’s FREE for you to attend and could help reduce your expenditure by matching you up with innovative suppliers who match your business requirements.

As one of our guests, you’ll be joining just 60 other senior fleet management professionals who are attending the event to network, learn and forge new business relationships.

If that’s not incentive enough for you to register here are 5 more reasons…

• As our guest, you will be provided with a bespoke itinerary of face-to-face meetings with suppliers based on mutual agreement. No hard sell, and no time wasted.
• You’ll have the opportunity to attend insightful seminars and interactive workshops.
• Network with 60 other senior professionals who share your challenges.
• Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation plus all meals and refreshments.
• Attend our gala dinner with entertainment

You will be joining fleet professionals from the likes of:-

Aggreko UK
Brandon Hire Station
Bristol Waste Company
Cadent Gas
Cancer Research UK
Central Bedfordshire Council
CLEAN
DS Smith
Envirovent
Forterra Building Products
KTC Edibles
Manchester Airport Group
Morrisons
Northern Gas Networks
PD Hook
Pickerings’s
Polypipe Civils & Green Urbanisation
Royal Mail Group
RSPB
Schindler Lifts
Scottish Water
SSE
Tivoli Group
Via EM
Wolseley

Taking place on June 8th & 9th at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, the Fleet Summit provides a platform for new business connections.

Don’t miss out – Register today!

Do you specialise in Dash Cam solutions? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet & logistics market – and in February we’ll be focussing on Dash Cam solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Dash Cam solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 / c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

Feb – Dash Cams
Mar – Driver Training
Apr – Accident & Risk Management
May – Fleet Management Software
Jun – Telematics
Jul – Contract Hire & Leasing
Aug – LPG/Alternative Fuel & Fuel Management
Sep – Vehicle Tracking
Oct – Duty of Care
Nov – Grey Fleet
Dec – Service, Maintenance & Repair

Birmingham ponders city centre driving ban

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Birmingham City Council has published a draft Birmingham Transport Plan that contains a set of principles to guide future investment in transport designed to reduce transport’s impact on the environment, supporting the city’s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The council also says the plans will make roads safer, connecting people with new job and training opportunities, prioritising people over cars and revitalising the city centre and local centres.

The document sets out four ‘big moves’, specifically:-

  • Reallocating road space. Moving away from single occupancy private cars to support the delivery of a public transport system fit for a global city, fundamentally changing the way that people and goods move about the city.
  • Transforming the city centre. This would be through the creation of a network of pedestrian streets and public spaces integrated with public transport services and cycling infrastructure. Access to the city centre for private cars will be limited with no through trips. This includes looking at different options for the central section of the A38 including re-routing it to an upgraded ring road.
  • Prioritising active travel in local neighbourhoods. Walking and cycling will become people’s preferred mode for travelling around their locality. Cars will no longer dominate street life around homes and schools, a limit of 20mph will be standard on all local roads and residential neighbourhoods and local centres will be places where people are put first.
  • Managing demand through parking measures. Parking will be used as a means to manage demand for travel by car through availability, pricing and restrictions. Where development potential exists, land currently occupied by car parking will be put to more productive use.

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “As a city, we have been over-reliant on private cars for too long and with more people choosing to live and work in Birmingham, we need to find innovative new ways to keep the city moving in an efficient but sustainable way.

“The more journeys we take by walking and cycling, the more we will improve air quality and our health and the more we will reduce congestion. For longer journeys, buses, trams and trains will be the backbone of a new, go-anywhere transport system.

“Good transport is the most important ingredient in ensuring that the benefits of Birmingham’s growth are felt in every part of the city. To unlock the potential of transport, we need to fundamentally change the way people and goods move around the city.

“Birmingham has already started to redress the balance and build a future in which the car will no longer be king. The introduction of Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone will reinforce our commitment to establish a zero emissions city. On the ground, we have started to put things right through investments in projects including the city’s first fully segregated cycle ways, extensions to the Metro tram network and introduction of 20mph speed limits on residential streets.

“The Birmingham Transport Plan, once adopted, will continue to build on these strong foundations, future-proofing our transport system and ensuring that we are able to move around our city in a faster, more efficient way with cleaner air and less congestion.”

Subject to Cabinet approval on 21 January, the draft plan will then go out to public consultation from 28 January, before a final version is formally adopted by the council.

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Are you looking for new fleet management solutions?

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Join us on June 8th & 9th at the Fleet Summit – it will be the best two days you spend out of the office this year.

This is a bespoke and highly-targeted two-day event created specifically for senior fleet professionals like you. It is entirely FREE for you to attend. Simply register your place here.

When: 8 & 9 June 2020

Where: Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

Format: Corporate ‘speed-dating’. As our VIP guest, you will be provided with a bespoke and personalised itinerary of pre-arranged, 1-2-1 meetings with suppliers relevant to your requirements and upcoming projects. A series of seminars will also be hosted throughout the event, and you can network with professionals who share your challenges.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner, are included with your ticket.

Who Attends: Senior professionals with the following job titles:

  • Fleet Director/Manager
  • Facilities Manager
  • HR Director/Manager
  • Procurement Manager

Would you like to join them? Click here to find out more.

Don’t miss out on the Total Supply Chain Summit

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There’s a complimentary guest pass reserved for you to attend the Total Supply Chain Summit. Can you join us?

18 & 19 May – Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here.

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Learn from inspirational seminar sessions hosted by industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded FM professionals who share your challenges
  • Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

Do you specialise in electric & hybrid fleet vehicles? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet & logistics market – and in January we’ll be focussing on Electric & Hybrid Fleet Vehicles.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Electric & Hybrid Fleet Vehicle solution and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on 01992 374096 / c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

Jan – Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Feb – Dash Cams
Mar – Driver Training
Apr – Accident & Risk Management
May – Fleet Management Software
Jun – Telematics
Jul – Contract Hire & Leasing
Aug – LPG/Alternative Fuel & Fuel Management
Sep – Vehicle Tracking
Oct – Duty of Care
Nov – Grey Fleet
Dec – Service, Maintenance & Repair