Company Van Today - Issue 8 - Winter 2018

London van scrappage scheme announced latest Euro6 standards will pay £12.50 a day to enter central London, on top of the regular C-charge. It is not yet clear how much each business will get for a van, or whether there will be a restriction on how much cash they can apply for. London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Air pollution is a national health crisis that is stunting the lung development of our children and leading to thousands of premature deaths. To truly get a grip on our air we need to take action to rid our city of the most polluting vehicles. “I’m determined to take real action, which is why I’ve already delivered the Toxicity Charge in central London for the oldest polluting vehicles, cleaned up our bus fleet, and brought forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. My scrappage scheme is my next step in tackling pollution.” Some manufacturers included vans as part of their own scrappage schemes earlier in 2018, but this is the first time that a single city has had its own trade-in offer. Vauxhall has revealed the look of the new Vivaro, which will be going on sale later in 2019. e newmodel will be the second Vauxhall van to be released under the PSA Group’s ownership, following the new Combo at the end of 2018. As a result of the new partnership, the new Vivaro is no longer going to use the same platform as the Fiat Talento/ Nissan NV300/Renault Trafic trio and is now to share the same fundamentals as the mid-sized vans from siblings Peugeot and Citroen. It is based on the EMP2 platform, which is the one that forms the basis of the Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert and several models from the brands’ passenger car range. e initial images show the Vauxhall Vivaro Life, which is a passenger vehicle that comes with anywhere from four to nine seats. In a hint to the van version, it is offered in two lengths, although the van version is likely to come with a third length. It is only likely to come in the one height if it takes after the Citroen and Peugeot equivalents. It is less than 1.90m high – designed so it can fit under most urban height restrictions. VAUXHALL GIVES FIRST LOOK AT NEW VIVARO e standard engines are likely to follow a similar pattern to that of the smaller Vauxhall van, the Combo, with a selection of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre units from the PSA stable. It is possible that some of the existing engines will be offered to start off with. As a result of its new ownership, Vauxhall is planning to revamp a number of its commercial vehicle models, with the Movano also set for an update in the next year or so. Rather than a full replacement, this is set to be a comprehensive facelift for now. TomWebster Payload details have yet to be confirmed, but it is said to be able to take ‘more than one tonne’. Equipment highlights on the Vivaro Life include electric sliding side doors that can be opened by waving a foot under the vehicle, a Vauxhall telematics system, high-beam assist and a camera and radar system to monitor the area in front of the vehicle. One major development for Vauxhall will be the addition of an all-electric version of the Vivaro Life. is is set to be launched in early 2021, and Vauxhall is planning to electrify both the passenger and commercial vehicle versions of the Vivaro. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a scrappage scheme that is designed to help small businesses trade in their old vans for new ones. The initial fund of £23m will be used to help take older, higher-polluting vans off the road and replace them with new ones. It is restricted to small businesses with fewer than 10 employees. It will be in place ahead of the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that kicks in from 8 April. Under the new ULEZ, drivers of diesel vans that don’t meet the COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 4 NEWS The big stories from the world of van fleets