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Brits want electric cars to sound like… cars

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A new survey has revealed that British road users want electric cars to sound like cars to ensure safety for pedestrians and other road users.

The survey, conducted by Venson Automotive Solutions, found that 43 percent of drivers would prefer a noise that mimics the sound of a conventional petrol or diesel engine on an electric vehicle, particularly when driven at low speed, while 23 percent would prefer a continuous low decibel sound. 

The findings come as manufacturers work to meet new legal requirements for all new hybrid and EVs to incorporate an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) – From July 1, 2019, all new electric cars sold in the EU have to be fitted with AVAS and all existing models by July 2021.

70 percent of those polled also preferred a horn sound similar to that made by a conventional petrol or diesel engine, along with 72 percent admitting they felt that all electric vehicle sounds should be standardised.

Under EU law, from 2021, EV drivers will be able to manually trigger a warning sound, as in a horn but less urgent, to alert pedestrians and road users of their presence. 70 percent surveyed said they would like to hear a horn sound similar to that made by a petrol or diesel engine vehicle. 

Just 13 percent wanted to hear a phrase such as ‘EV approaching’, however, 6 percent would prefer an animal sound like a roar, bark or quack instead of a traditional vehicle horn.

Alison Bell, Marketing Director for Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “The integration of AVAS into hybrid and electric vehicles is a very positive move.  Almost silent electric and hybrid cars put vulnerable road users at risk, especially children, the partially sighted and blind. As more fleet drivers opt for emission-free electric models, with the introduction of zero BIK tax from April 2020, they will be relieved to know that with the introduction of AVAS their choice will no longer put road users at risk.

“With over 100 years of petrol and diesel engine sounding vehicles on our roads, people naturally react to the sound of an approaching vehicle or a horn being sounded. Keeping sounds we are used to hearing on UK roads makes the most sense when it comes to road safety and saving lives.”

Do you specialise in Fleet Servicing, Maintenance & Repair? 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 December we’ll be focussing on the Servicing, Maintenance & Repair sector.

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 Servicing, Maintenance & Repair 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 /

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

Total Supply Chain Summit – A date for your diary

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We’ve just closed the doors on another super successful Total Supply Chain Summit and already we’re making plans for our first 2020 event.

It takes place on May 18th & 19th 2020 at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire and registration is open now for you to reserve a complimentary guest place.

  • Talk face-to-face with innovative and budget-saving suppliers for a series of pre-arranged meetings.
  • Attend insightful and inspirational seminar sessions.
  • Network with like-minded peers.
  • Enjoy full hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner.

We have just 60 places available so register today and find out for yourself why this event sells out every year.

Register now for the first Fleet Summit of 2020

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Make sure you join 60 of your peers the next month Fleet Summit, which is taking place June 8th & 9th next year at the Heythrop Park Resort in Oxfordshire.

The event is free to attend for industry professional delegates and will enable you to:-

– Meet new innovative and budget-saving suppliers

– Learn via our series of seminar sessions

– Network with other senior fleet management professionals

– Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments

– Attend our networking dinner

Register here, but act swiftly as places will go fast!

FTA launches Van Policy Working Group

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The FTA has launched a dedicated Van Policy Working Group, comprised of 41 leaders within the sector that will discuss key policy compliance issues facing van drivers and their employers.

FTA’s existing van programme includes Operational Briefings, held across the country to boost knowledge and expertise across van operators, and the Van Driver of the Year award.

The organisation says efficient logistics are vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. 

It says its decision to great the new Working group has been driven in no small part by Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. 

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of UK Policy at FTA, said: “As the number of vans on the UK’s roads continues to soar, it is vital the interests of individuals and businesses operating these vehicles are represented with stakeholders and government. The creation of a Van Policy Working Group reinforces FTA’s commitment to the market.  As logistics needs change, and vans become increasingly important to UK PLC, this will mean FTA is perfectly placed to lead this sector forwards to even greater success.

“The new Van Policy Working Group represents just one initiative in FTA’s rich programme of activity. And with many new projects in the pipeline, including the development of a specialist emission zone advice service, FTA has positioned itself at the forefront of this burgeoning sector.”

“Over the past 12 months, the number of van drivers in the UK has increased by more than 12% and together, they cover 51 billion miles a year. With this growth comes the need to evaluate current safety, compliance and efficiency standards and drive improvements wherever necessary. The Van Policy Working Group provide a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders and provide a platform to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing.  Van drivers and operators provide a vital service to the UK economy; their contributions must be valued and their concerns and hopes for the future heard and acted upon.”

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

SAVE THE DATE: Total Supply Chain Summit 2020

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If you weren’t able to make this week’s Total Supply Chain Summit, you’ll have another chance next May!

18th & 19th May 2020 – Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

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

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Attend inspirational seminar sessions from industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments included
  • Receive an invitation to our networking dinner 

RSVP now to avoid disappointment!

Claim the last Fleet Services Management Summit places

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Would you like to join 60 of your peers at next month’s Fleet Services Management Summit? We have just 2 delegate places left!

It takes place on November 11th & 12th at Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire, and will enable you to:-

– Meet new innovative and budget-saving suppliers

– Learn via our series of seminar sessions

– Network with other senior fleet management professionals

– Enjoy complimentary overnight accommodation, plus all meals and refreshments

– Attend our networking dinner

Register here, but act swiftly as we have just two places left!

Fleet Services Management Summit – What you need to know

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Are you free on November 11th & 12th? Then join 60 of your fellow professionals at the Fleet Services Management Summit.

We have just 3 complimentary guest passes left – so register now to avoid disappointment.

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.

When: November 11th & 12th

Where: Whittlebury Park, Northamptonshire

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. 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.

Would you like to join us? Register today!

Here’s what you’ll miss at the Total Supply Chain Summit

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The Total Supply Chain Summit takes place in less than two weeks – and we have one complimentary guest pass left for a senior supply chain, distribution or logistics professional like you.

Claim it today or you’ll miss out on:

  • The opportunity to meet, face-to-face, with suppliers who will help with your 2020 strategy
  • Networking with peers who face the same challenges
  • Access to an unrivalled seminar programme, covering topics including Logistics & Supply Chain Is The Glue That Holds The UK Economy Together; Competence Challenges In Supply Chain Management In 2020; Driver Health – Asking The Awkward Questions; Practical Realities Of AI Across The Supply Chain

All our guests also receive complimentary hospitality, including overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments, plus an invitation to our networking dinner.

Don’t miss out on this last place – register today!

EVs three times more economical than petrol & diesel cars

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Electric cars travel up to three times the distance of their petrol or diesel rivals for the same amount of money.

With interest in electric cars rising, many potential buyers are left confused by the way running costs are explained, with ‘miles per kWh’ difficult to compare to ‘miles per gallon’. has developed a way of showing how far your car will go on a single pound – regardless of what fuel it runs on.

The figure – dubbed ‘miles per pound’ (mpp) – reveals how much a car can travel for £1 of petrol, diesel or electricity.

The study found the Kia e-Niro First Edition and the Renault Zoe 65kW are the most efficient models on sale in the UK today, with the cars capable of travelling 33.1 miles per pound (mpp) of electricity.

This is more than three times as far as the most economical version of the Ford Fiesta (9.3mpp), the UK’s best-selling vehicle, when using official testing figures.

With the average UK motorist driving around 7,150 miles per year, they would spend just £216 over a 12 month period if they charged their Kia e-Niro or Renault Zoe from home.

The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range was the third most economical, covering 32.3mpp, while the Volkswagen e-Golf was fourth on 30.8mpp. calculated the cost for electric cars based on home charging prices rather than using public charging points, as costs for public charging can vary wildly.

The mpp data is also only available for cars on sale since 2017 and that are also currently available to buy.

For this reason, the Hyundai Kona Electric, which could travel 30.8mpp, does not appear on the list as it is sold out due to high demand.

Keith Adams, editor of, said: “We created miles per pound as a way of demystifying the running costs of electric vehicles (EVs) because above and beyond their range, and how long they take to charge, there is little uniformity in how carmakers express just how much energy these cars use.

“As interest in EVs becomes more widespread, there remains a lot of confusion around running costs but the MPP figure generates a figure that is relatable to anyone.

“In a nutshell, it tells you how much it costs to drive any EV after plugging it up at home and topping it up on domestic electricity.

“In addition, miles per pound should help drivers who know how many miles they cover in a year to work out up-front fuelling costs, and possibly choose a more expensive electric car over its petrol counterpart.

“Taking fuelling costs into account, monthly costs for internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and electric vehicles (EVs) are much closer than the gap in list price might suggest.

“On something like a Volkswagen Golf, going electric will save you around £70 per 1,000 miles.

“And interest is rising. People are searching before they buy. Traffic to our Electric Cars section has grown by 80 per cent since the beginning of 2019, and it’s continuing to accelerate strongly.” based the price of electricity on the cost per kilowatt hour on a domestic tariff, while petrol and diesel is based on the AA Fuel Price Reports.

The mpp metric has been launched as the EV market continues to grow.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of purely electric cars are up by more than 200 per cent in 2019, with the market share increasing from 0.7 per cent to 2.2 per cent.

Keith Adams added: “As range improves, electric cars are becoming a more and more enticing option and the miles per pound tool really drives down how cheap these zero emission vehicles are when you’re on the road.

“While it’s easy to be put off at the price of an electric car, when you look at it from a monthly costs perspective the prospect is all the more attractive.

“The running costs are low, there is zero road tax and, from next year, zero company car tax, too.”

Test your knowledge on the cost of car journeys here –

The Top 10 most efficient pure electric cars:
1. Kia e-Niro First Edition – 33.1mpp
2. Renault Zoe 65kW – 33.1mpp
3. Tesla Model 3 Standard Range – 32.3mpp
4. Volkswagen e-Golf – 30.8mpp
5. BMW i3 – 30.0mpp
6. BMW i3S – 29.2mpp
7. Tesla Model S Long Range – 30.0mpp
8. Nissan Leaf 62kWh – 26.9mpp
9. Smart EQ Fortwo Coupe – 26.9mpp
10. Tesla Model X Long Range – 24.6mpp

The UK’s Top five standard hybrids for mpp
1. Toyota Yaris – 10.1mpp
2. Toyota Corolla – 9.5mpp
3. Kia Niro – 9.3mpp
4. Lexus CT – 9.5mpp
5. Suzuki Ignis 1.2 Dualjet – 9.3mpp

The UK’s Top 10 petrols and diesels –
1. Honda Civic Saloon 1.6i DTEC (D) – 10.8mpp
2. Ford Focus 1.5 EcoBlue (D) – 10.8mpp
3. Honda Jazz S 1.3 i-VTEC (P) – 10.3mpp
4. Dacia Logan MCV Blue dCi 95 (D) – 10.3mpp
5. Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi (D) – 10.1mpp
6. Suzuki Celerio 1.0 Dualjet (P) – 10.1mpp
7. Dacia Sandero Stepway Blue dCi 95 (D) – 9.9mpp
8. Mercedes-Benz A 180 d (D) – 9.3mpp
9. Mercedes-Benz B 180 d (D) – 9.1mpp
10. Citroen C3 Aircross BlueHDi 100 (D) – 9.1mpp