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A new report from authoritative electrification analysts, BloombergNEF, says that electric vehicle (EV) sales are likely to accelerate at a rate greater than ever experienced before. However, in its annual Electric Vehicle Outlook report, BloombergNEF says that Governments need to encourage adoption further if they wish to be net-zero on carbon emissions by 2050.

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New Vehicle Shortages Puts Emphasis On Increased Fleet SMR Schedules

The ongoing semiconductor shortages, with the resultant delays on new vehicles, is impacting fleet replacement cycles. As a result, many fleets are now facing lifecycle extensions as shortage of replacement vehicles becomes a pressing issue, which in turn places a premium on Service, Maintenance and Repair (SMR) schedules.

Varey Named Global Fleet Manager for Otis Elevator Company

Ben Varey was named Associate Director, Global Fleet Category Management at Otis Elevator Co. Varny assumed this position in June 2021 and will be based in the United Kingdom. Previously, Varey was Global Category Manager - Travel and Fleet for SGS.

IDS Completes Acquisition Of White Clarke Group

IDS is a U.S.-based leader in the provision of enterprise mission-critical solutions for secured finance. The purchase of White Clarke Group, which provides software solutions and consultancy services to more than 100 of the world’s largest banks, captives and independent finance organizations in 30 countries around the globe, makes the combined new business a “software technology powerhouse” serving the $7 trillion secured finance industry globally.

UK's Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) Appoints New Committee Members

The leading organization for fleet managers in the UK, the Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP), has made a number of changes to boost the strength of its committees. One new appointment was Lorna McAtear, who is Fleet Manager at the National Grid, has joined the AFP board. She has a longstanding career in the fleet sector including holding roles at E.ON and Royal Mail.

UK Businesses To Increase EV Spending By 50%

Businesses in the UK are planning a £15.8 billion ($22.16 billion) spend on fleet electrification over the next 12 months. It represents a 50% uplift year-on-year, having spent £10.5 billion on electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and on-site charging points in the previous 12 months to end March 2021.

Chinese EV Maker NIO Enters European Market

NIO, a maker of electric vehicles in China, is taking its first steps into Europe with a sales center in Norway. First vehicles to launch there will be the NIO ES8 flagship SUV and the company’s flagship ET7 sedan. Norway has enjoyed high electric vehicle growth thanks to a variety of taxation and driver inducement to encourage take up of zero emission motoring. In 2020 battery electric vehicles took 54% of the Norwegian car market, a record.

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