Volkswagen is bringing forward the development of a small electric car for the mass market in anticipation of tougher climate regulations as it seeks to boost sales in a new green era.
Under the project dubbed "Small BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle)", engineers are racing to develop a purely-battery powered car around the size of a Polo which will be available for between 20,000 and 25,000 euros ($24,000-30,000).
The carmaker has said the European Union's more stringent emissions targets will force it to boost the proportion of hybrid and electric vehicles in its European car sales to 60% by 2030, up from a previous target of 40%.
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Fleet Management Weekly welcomes contributing editor Donald Dunphy to the site.
Formerly with NAFA Fleet Management Association, he brings nearly ten years of fleet journalism to our readership. Donald is also an entertainment writer who has interviewed notable figures such as Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Jonathan Coulton, and Alan Parsons, among others.
Donald has written several articles for FMW including Preparing Your Fleet for an Unusually Active Vehicle-Animal Collision Season and, appearing in this week's issue, The New Post-Pandemic Landscape for Fleet Managers
New mobility solution for a changing corporate market
Fleet Logistics has launched its first mobility solution, MobilityBUDGET, as it begins the transition from pure fleet management provider to offering new Managed Mobility Solutions to its clients and prospects.
MobilityBUDGET provides employees with a tax optimized cash amount which can be used to cover personal multi-modal mobility needs, ranging from personal lease, through shared mobility including rental cars to public transport.
Both web and app-based, it is intended to provide a clear, transparent and automated process to optimize internal cash allowance processes or simply offer an alternative to meet employees’ need for alternative mobility.
CEO Steffen Schick explained the thinking behind the new solution. “The company car is no longer the most attractive option for every single user group, neither as source of mobility nor as benefit."
Donlen President Tom Callahan said, "We are pleased with this opportunity to position Donlen's business for continued long-term success and appreciate Athene's commitment to continuing our tradition of high-quality service, customer satisfaction, and award-winning fleet management, working with our talented employees.
Our fleet customers remain our top priority and we look forward to continuing to be a trusted partner providing high levels of customer satisfaction, impactful technology and fleet solutions."
Athene Chairman and CEO Jim Belardi said, "We are excited about the opportunity to partner with the strong team at Donlen to acquire an industry-leading fleet management franchise that is well-suited to meet our objective of sourcing attractive, differentiated long-term investments for our growing portfolio.
The vast majority of fleets provide essential services, and the ongoing pandemic has brought about a real sense of camaraderie throughout the industry.