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Red Kite are pleased to announce the arrival of the new Renault Master 14 Seat Minibus into our comprehensive range. The new Red Kite Renault Master 14 Seat Minibus is great news for those organisations who only have category ‘B’ Licence drivers as the new model is only 3500kg gross vehicle weight (GVW). So it can be driven on a category ‘B’ Licence without the need of a D1 Driving Licence.

The new Renault Master 14 Seat Minibus is a genuine alternative for group travel. The very stylish and well equipped minibus has a dynamic front-end design featuring modern C-shaped lighting and 3 years warranty as standard. All passenger seats are fitted with integrated headrests [...]

Red Kite Lucky Six Winner

While attending the annual Bursars Conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham in May, Natalie Shaw, Bursar at Packwood Haugh School was invited, along with all the other attendees to participate in Red Kite’s ‘Lucky Six’ Competition. This year the competition provided participants with the opportunity to win a ‘Red Letter Day’ on one throw of six dice. The winner is the player who either throws or gets closest to throwing six, sixes. By throwing 666642 Natalie became the lucky winner for 2022!

Unfortunately Natalie wasn’t at the ‘Conference’ on day two so wasn’t aware that she had won the competition until Red Kite emailed her a day later. Natalie’s email reply was ‘I really can’t believe that I have won again’. Natalie first won the competition back in 2014 with a throw of 666662. This year she couldn’t beat her previous score but still had the winning throw on the first day of the [...]


Red Kite would like to extend an open invitation to come and join us on Stand 21 at the 2022 ISBA Annual Conference, which will take place at ICC Birmingham on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May. We are looking forward to seeing customers both old and new, and demonstrating the very latest innovations in school transport.

The ISBA’s popular annual conference brings together many of the independent education sector’s leading experts offering topical updates for schools plus networking opportunities and an exhibition of 150 professional advisers and companies dedicated to providing high quality services to the education sector.

Held over two days, the event welcomes more than 500 bursars and senior management staff from independent schools every year. As the business [...]

Red Kite the UK’s leading supplier of school and specialist minibuses, are pleased to announce the arrival of the Mercedes eVito Tourer PRO 9 Seat Electric Minibus into their extensive minibus range. The all electric eVito Tourer PRO 9 Seat, ‘Clean Air Zone’ friendly minibus, is the ideal choice for those organisations seeking a safe, reliable alternative to a conventionally powered minibus.

With an impressive combined WLTP range of 217-221 miles, plenty of room for up to 8 passengers plus baggage, free integrated vehicle monitoring software and the ability to rapid charge up to 80% in just 40 minutes. The eVito Tourer PRO will keep your passengers and your organisations moving, minimising risk, and work constantly behind [...]

Red Kite Peugeot e Traveller

Red Kite Peugeot e Traveller

Red Kite’s first all electric minibus is now ready to order. The new fully electric PEUGEOT e-Traveller is perfect for smaller group travel and adapts to your requirements thanks to its 2 lengths (Standard and Long). Its modular configuration can accommodate up to 8 people with 1,500 litres of boot volume; up to 5 people with 3,000 litres of boot volume; or 4,900 litres due to its removable seats in rows 2 and 3.

The all electric e-Traveller contains a high capacity high voltage 50kWh battery, ingeniously installed to maximise space in the passenger compartment and boot. It has a range of up to 148 miles WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedures), with [...]

Red Kite ETransit

Red Kite ETransit

Ford Motor Co., marking another step forward in its goal of electrifying its most iconic models, will reveal on 12 November, the all-new E-Transit, the fully battery-electric version of the best-selling Transit cargo van.

The E-Transit, as previously announced, will feature a variety of chassis options, including a cargo van, cutaway and chassis cab. It will be available in three roof heights and three body lengths.

In making Thursday’s Transit announcement, Ford noted its continued support of the Paris Agreement, which lays out a global framework for combating climate change.

“Even before COVID, that transition to e-commerce was beginning,” Mark Kaufman, Ford’s global director of electrification, told the press. “It’s really just further accelerated that trend that was [...]

Vauxhall’s flagship variant of the Vivaro Life passenger vehicle is the all-electric Vivaro-e Life.


The announcement follows the fully electric Vauxhall Vivaro-e earlier this year. The Vivaro-e Life MPV has space for nine passengers, while the 50kWh battery provides a range of up to 143 miles (WLTP). Seating nine, it uses the same 134bhp motor and 50kWh battery as its Citroën ë-Spacetourer and Peugeot e-Traveller siblings for a 143-mile range.

Available in two lengths, standard and long-wheelbase and with a maximum towing capacity of 1,000kg, the Vivaro-e Life also sports electric sliding doors, moveable leather seats and a panoramic glass roof.

Peugeot Electric Minibus

Peugeot Electric Minibus

Available later this year the new all-electric e-Traveller will be one of a small number of eight- seat electric Minibuses on the market. The e-Traveller is mechanically identical e-Expert panel van, with the same front mounted electric motor as the Peugeot e-208. It puts out 134bhp and 192lb ft, enough for a 0-62mph time of 13.1sec and a top speed of 80mph.

Peugeot Electric Minibus

The 50kWh battery allows a range of up to 143 miles on the WLTP cycle. Two types of on-board charger are offered – [...]

Ford Transit with advanced 10-speed automatic transmission now in production for heavy-duty rear-wheel drive applications 

Available with 170 PS 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, efficient new gearbox offers outstanding durability, refined performance and high towing 

New 10-speed automatic ideal for applications such as grocery delivery and emergency response vehicles, motorhome conversions and Ford’s factory-built Transit minibus 

DUNTON, England – Ford has started production of a new 10-speed automatic gearbox option for rear-wheel drive (RWD) Transit models that offers excellent fuel efficiency.

The new transmission offers the ideal solution for RWD Transit applications where automatics are preferred for their ease-of-use and convenience, such as higher weight conversions including grocery delivery vans, emergency response vehicles and motorhomes, as well as Ford’s popular factory-built 15-seat and 18-seat Transit minibuses.

Developed in-house by Ford engineers and [...]

Electric charging

Electric charging

If your organisation is looking to install electric vehicle charging points in the near future, act now and save money. This week the government announced that from the 1st of April 2020 the grant for workplace charging scheme (WCS) will be set at £350 towards a chargepoint socket at work through the WCS. This is a reduction from £500 to £350. The new rate will apply to installations on or after 1st April 2020 and will apply to voucher applications submitted on or after 1st April 2020 for WCS.

However they also announced a doubling of the number of sockets allowed under the WCS from 20 to 40. To date over 120,000 domestic chargepoint installations have benefited from HMG grants as [...]

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