The Covid crisis has coincided with an unprecedented hive of activity at the helm of the UK’s fleet manufacturers, with the appointment of five new fleet directors in little more than a year.
FCA promoted Iain Montgomery at the start of 2020, a month after Craig Cavanagh filled the vacant head of fleet position at Seat. And already this year, Rob Morris has taken the fleet reins at Volvo while Scott Westerby has become head of fleet at PSA.
Like those other recent appointees, Volkswagen UK head of fleet Nick O’Neill has had to wrestle with the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus on the macro and social-economic environment. But he has also seen it give a helpful boost to trends that were already materialising, trends that are influencing the direction in which the corporate market is heading, including the direction in which the corporate market is heading.
O’Neill, appointed a year ago this month, points to the April 2020 benefit-in-kind (BIK) changes as the catalyst for a dramatic rise in demand for electric product. Full battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) accounted for almost 11% of all car registrations last year, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures, up from just 3% a year earlier.