Remember when plug-in hybrid cars were the go-to technology for the climate-conscious driver?
Turns out, they’re not good for the environment, according to some experts, and they could be phased out by carmakers in the face of tougher European rules.
Julia Poliscanova, senior director for vehicles and e-mobility at European NGO Transport & Environment, said its own research showed that when driven in combustion-engine mode, hybrids’ CO2 emissions were higher than conventional cars’ - they’re heavier than combustion-only cars so used more fuel. “From the perspective of environment and climate, today’s plug-in hybrid technology is worse than what it is replacing.”
Read the article at Reuters.
The two companies have entered into an agreement to accelerate transition to EVs across company fleets.
LeasePlan USA, a global leader in fleet management and driver mobility services, and ChargePoint, a leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network, have announced an agreement to enable the accelerated transition to EVs across company fleets.
Together in partnership, LeasePlan and ChargePoint will provide software, networked EV charging hardware, and services with end-to-end support from installation to deployment and management for LeasePlan clients to help make the transition to electric more seamless.
By Ed Pierce, Contributing Editor
A well-run fleet management program can dramatically reduce fleet costs by focusing on the vehicle throughout its life cycle. As a general rule of thumb, companies can expect a 15-20% reduction in fleet costs in the first full year.
However, fleet management companies have also found that companies that employ a comprehensive program to achieve excellence among their drivers can realize an additional 5-10% reduction.
Fleets must adopt and promote a broad definition of what constitutes satisfactory driving behavior. An exemplary driver is one who is highly skilled and crash-free. The model driver knows the importance of proper vehicle maintenance, how to minimize fuel consumption, how to arrive to a destination on time through proper planning, how to drive defensively, and comply with the organization's driver policy.
Kenworth last week introduced a new medium-duty conventional truck lineup ranging from Class 5 to light Class 8 during a major virtual product reveal.
Kevin Baney, Kenworth general manager and PACCAR vice president, noted, “Our new lineup sets the industry standard for quality, performance, reliability and durability throughout the many diverse, medium-duty applications in the U.S. and Canadian markets.
“These Kenworth models possess excellent versatility and maneuverability, spacious 2.1-meter-wide cab, exceptional visibility and driver-focused ergonomics, and new PACCAR TX-8 transmission. Our new medium-duty trucks are an impressive addition to the World’s Best product line.”
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