Category: Opinion

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8th April 2019

Emerging last-mile delivery and mobility solutions – the benefits and challenges

The term ‘last-mile’ used to primarily be associated with supply chain logistics, deliveries and other commercial operations, essentially referring to a product or service’s final journey to end customers. As wide-ranging automotive, environmental, governmental and other bodies strive to clean up the environment and enrich people’s lives through ever-improving mobility, ‘last-mile’ has also become an… Read more

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4th April 2019

Amidst the plug-in obsession, do niche alternative fuels like CNG have a future?

While plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and pure EVs tend to dominate automotive news and discussions, their adoption will remain unfeasible for swathes of society for at least a good few years, until prices match or perhaps even eventually undercut internal combustion engine models, rural recharging infrastructure improves and other factors become more conducive. Even… Read more

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15th January 2019

Which car models will be popular with fleets in 2019?

Compiling fleet policy company car shortlists is currently a significant challenge for fleet managers, with so many overlapping factors at play. According to various sections of the media, the internal combustion engine1 will be banished within just over a decade, and with car manufacturers facing strict CO2 emissions targets2 set by the EU for 2021,… Read more

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11th January 2019

From car-sharing rivals joining forces to robotic dogs being explored as a last-mile solution for future deliveries, the mobility space is becoming ever more exciting

Over the next few years, fleet managers “will have gone on a journey from initially managing grey fleets, perk cars and commercial vehicles, to outsourcing and leasing, ending with car sharing, mixed mode mobility and even overseeing shared autonomous fleets. Almost cliché, the fleet manager will become a mobility manager”. This is the view of… Read more

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20th January 2019

What will feature on the agenda of fleet managers in 2019?

While Brexit scenario-planning is unarguably having an impact particularly on larger entities as the March deadline looms ever closer, many organisations can do little more than adopt a business as usual approach, absorbing as much guidance as they can along the way, while technology in the automotive sector moves at a faster rate than ever…. Read more

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27th March 2019

The mandating of more in-car safety tech is good news – but will it really help make our roads accident-free any time soon?

Andrew Brown-Allan, Managing Director of Trak Labs The EU Commission’s call for the mandating of more in-car safety technology is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Improving road safety has always been at the core of Trak Global Group’s ethos, and we see any opportunity for reduced road collisions and increased vehicle connectivity as… Read more

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8th February 2019

Will SUVs become less popular due to WLTP and other factors?

Over the last decade or so, sport utility vehicles of varying shapes and sizes have proliferated. The SUV became the most popular type of car across Europe by 2016, accounting for a sizeable 22%-plus market share overall, with mid-size SUV sales having mushroomed to the tune of 42% compared to the previous year. These statistics… Read more

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11th February 2019

Impressive car technology in the pipeline from OEMs and others

Striving to make their conventionally-driven cars ever safer, more engaging, efficient, and connected, manufacturers are continuously unveiling exciting technologies and features – and we take a look at the latest highlights. Smart fingerprint technology Hyundai concluded 2018 and opened 2019 with a raft of announcements and, at face value, the brand’s news regarding fingerprint technology… Read more

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8th January 2019

How the UK’s landscape for potential EV adopters is increasingly making the switch more feasible

A growing symphony of voices from environmental campaign groups and infrastructure providers to car manufacturers and the government with its now-EV-only Plug-in Car Grant is clearly urging UK motorists and fleets to adopt electric vehicles without delay. UK plc has a lot of work to do to catch countries like Norway1 up, though, where plug-in… Read more

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27th November 2018

What impact might the PiCG’s significant reduction have on fleets and motorists?

Introduced in 2011, the government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) scheme was initially welcomed by the majority of motorists, automotive and environmental bodies and other voices. At face value, as a way of nudging UK drivers into greener vehicles, there was little not to like about the original PiCG1, which reduced the price of all plug-in… Read more