Dacia announces groundbreaking dual-fuel system for Duster, Sandero and Logan ranges

Dacia announces groundbreaking dual-fuel system across model ranges

Dacia has announced the production of a groundbreaking new dual-fuel system that will support improved efficiency across its model range.

The marque’s 1.0-litre turbo dual-fuel powertrain combines petrol and LPG capabilities, with an associated reduction in both emissions and fuel consumption.


Innovations to fuel the future of transport

The new powertrain option will be available for the manufacturer’s Duster, Sandero, Sandero Stepway, Logan MCV and Logan MCV Stepway models.

“With this new LPG engine, plus our petrol and diesel powertrains, we have the perfect Dacia model for any customer, no matter what they are looking for,” commented Luke Broad, head of brand for Dacia UK.

Indeed, the new Bi-Fuel models are expected to deliver a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to nine per cent against standard petrol-only versions, while motorists could save up to £594 a year on average in running costs.

Development of the new powertrain follows several years of popularity for LPG-powered vehicles in mainland Europe, especially in Italy where the manufacturer claims one in three of its models already use this form of engine.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “The introduction of this new type of dual-fuel powertrain is a first in the UK and it could herald a whole new tranche of LPG hybrids should consumers up and down the country take notice.”


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Two-thirds of van drivers miss special occasions for work

Two-thirds of van drivers miss special occasions for work

With Valentine’s Day upon us, many of us will be rushing home this evening (February 14th) to spend time with loved ones, but spare a thought for the UK’s van drivers, who may be unable to do so due to work.

Research published by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed how two-thirds of UK van drivers have had to miss special occasions, like Valentine’s Day, because of their job.


Busy schedules mean heartache for some

The research showed that birthday celebrations were the most common occasion to succumb to many drivers’ busy schedules, but this was closely followed by anniversaries and children’s sports days.

Across the country, the survey revealed that drivers in the north-east were the most likely to have to make these sacrifices, with 83 per cent having done this in the past.

Conversely, drivers in Scotland were at the other end of the spectrum, with 45 per cent of respondents stating they never miss a special occasion because of work.

David Hanna, head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The stereotype is that people forget Valentine’s Day and have to make a late dash to the petrol station for flowers, but we know that sometimes missing out on the occasion is sometimes unavoidable.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “The conscientiousness of the UK’s van operators, who place work commitments ahead of their personal lives, is something to be applauded. However, we do feel for them, as these special occasions are sometimes once in a lifetime events.”

BVRLA urges fleets to monitor WLTP data

BVRLA urges fleets to monitor WLTP data

UK fleet operators are being urged by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) to review their policies in relation to upcoming changes in the WLTP standard.

Prior to the introduction of more accurate data on April 6th, businesses will have to rely on less accurate calculations for CO2 figures for their vehicles, which could impact their level of taxation when new rules come into force from April 1st.


Bridging the data gap

Due to the average lead time of between nine to 12 weeks when ordering new fleet vehicles, companies making purchases prior to the release of the new data are being asked to invest in vehicles that may become more expensive to operate in the very near future.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney stated: “The BVRLA and its members are working with OEMs and third-party data providers to bridge this gap, but in the meantime, we would recommend customers consult with their lease providers to assess the impact on their fleet policies and procurement.”

He added that the introduction of new WLTP-based taxation for VED and Company Car Tax means it is important that businesses have a clear understanding of the environmental impact of their fleets.

As a result, the BVRLA has stated it is now in contact with other bodies, including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and HMRC, to support the smooth transition to new WLTP-based costs for fleets.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “With potential disparity between the expected cost to operate new vehicles and their realistic cost after new tax rules are introduced, it may be wise for businesses to hold off on any major fleet purchases until this situation is resolved.”

Connected cars 'could improve driver and pedestrian safety'

Connected cars ‘could improve driver and pedestrian safety’

Safety should always be a top priority for motorists, so the advent of new technology that could help to reduce the likelihood of accidents is always to be applauded.

Now, a new system is in development by Hyundai and its partners that could enable vehicles to communicate more closely with each other and alert the driver to potential hazards coming up on the road.


Communication is key to improved safety

The system works by transmitting a signal from a built-in microchip to all other connected vehicles nearby. It transmits the speed, direction and location of each vehicle up to ten times per second to give a more accurate depiction of travel conditions.

Should a connected vehicle be forced to make a sudden manoeuvre, all other drivers in the vicinity receive a dashboard warning, allowing them to take early action.

Changhan Lee, coordinator of Hyundai Motor Company‘s CRADLE office in Tel Aviv, said: “Safety is one of the most important factors that consumers consider when they are buying a car.

“There will always be human error, whether drivers are distracted, or pedestrians aren’t paying attention and the consequences can be devastating.”

However, Mr Lee added that the advent of connected vehicles could provide a considerable boost to safety and ensure safer roads for all in the years ahead.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Connected vehicles have the potential to give an early warning to motorists of any upcoming hazards. Preventing potential accidents, injuries and loss of life on the UK’s roads can only be good.”


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AdBlue from pump to BP Fuel Card

BP is rolling out AdBlue pumps for commercial vehicles across the UK this summer. The dedicated dispensers will be available in HGV lanes at more than 40 sites by the end of June.

Fitted with a nozzle specifically designed for use with AdBlue tanks on HGVs, the new pumps mean drivers of commercial vehicles can fill up with AdBlue when they refuel without moving their truck. And for even more convenience it can also be purchased using BP Fuel Cards.

The sites with the AdBlue dispensers have been chosen based on how are popular and convenient they are for fuel card and business drivers, with many on key routes and motorways. This means your drivers won’t need to travel out of their way – saving time and money.

Andy Allen, UK Fuel Card Manager, BP Fuel Cards, said: “Commercial vehicles use around five litres of AdBlue per 100 litres of diesel. But large HGVs able to load up with 1,400 litres of fuel, so it’s simply not practical or convenient for the driver to use 5 litre or 2.5 litres bottles of AdBlue.

“By installing these pumps directly into the refuelling lanes used by commercial vehicles, we believe this will make our customers’ lives easier.”

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