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Taxi drivers receive free EV charging for one year

Engie and Bromsgrove District Council have launched a new electric vehicle (EV) charging network.

Powered by Engie’s GeniePoint network, it will provide Bromsgrove-registered taxi drivers with the opportunity to charge their EVs free of charge for the first year.

With further substantial discounts offered for the next nine years, it is hoped the initiative will encourage more drivers to make the shift towards adopting EVs.

A total of 13 GeniePoint Network rapid chargers will be installed and will be available for use by the public as well as other businesses making the change to EVs.

Jerry Moloney, managing director for Engie’s Futures business, said that the rollout is an exciting step towards improving EV infrastructure in the locality and, with discounts offered to Bromsgrove-registered taxi drivers, he hopes it will encourage a great number of drivers to make the switch to an EV.

Vanarama selects Stockviewer from Ebbon-Dacs

Vanarama has selected Ebbon-Dacs’ new Stockviewer platform to manage its stock vehicles, special offers and tactical sales campaigns.

Stockviewer, which was launched last summer, provides a single, web-based technology platform to upload, manage and ultimately sell large stock and campaign vehicles, and is aimed at an audience of leasing companies, leasing brokers, dealers and vehicle manufacturers.

Vanarama’s chief commercial officer, Jo Elms, said: “We feel Stockviewer is the perfect platform for us to create and manage our own special campaigns. Its real time capability increases efficiencies and automates all of our internal process, which is just what we wanted.”

Synergy retains Platinum Trusted Service Award

Synergy Car Leasing has been awarded the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021.

Synergy has clocked up an impressive 8,700 independent reviews via Feefo for its customer experience and products.

It is the second consecutive Platinum Trusted Service Award for Synergy after it was named a Feefo Gold Standard Award recipient for five consecutive years.

Paul Parkinson, founder and CEO of Synergy Car Leasing, said: “Receiving the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award for the second successive year is a reflection of our team’s dedication to delivering an excellent leasing experience to our clients, which has continued to shine through during what has been an incredibly challenging year for many people.”

Fraikin partners with Samsara to improve fleet safety and sustainability

Samsara has partnered with Fraikin UK, part of one of Europe's largest commercial vehicle fleet services companies, to surface real-time data that will help customers improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of their connected fleets.

Fraikin Group currently manages more than 58,000 vehicles across Europe including light commercial vehicles, alongside medium and heavy trucks.

It has enlisted Samsara as a preferred partner to provide data-driven services to their customers that identify opportunities to improve driver efficiency and behaviour.

"Connected vehicle data, when interpreted in the right way, can be used to achieve meaningful efficiency gains and cost benefits for our customers," said Mike Hemming, technology champion at Fraikin UK.

"However, oftentimes visibility into this data is both limited and complex to understand. With Samsara as our preferred supplier, our customers will be able to maximise the benefits of actionable data coming from their connected vehicles."

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