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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 [...]

Ford has confirmed that an all-electric version of its hugely popular Transit van will hit the American and Canadian marketplace in 2022.

The reinvented Transit will be made in the US, most likely at a new purpose-built EV production facility in Michigan, and forms part of the company’s $11.5 billion (£9bn) global electrification strategy.

A preview sketch shows that, in panel van form, the new Transit will largely retain the silhouette of the current model, but – as is usually the case with electric versions of combustion vehicles – it will likely feature a blanked-off grille and bespoke lighting clusters.

Ford has revealed that, like the current Transit, the electric version will be available to buy in van, truck and cutaway cab forms. Buyers can also choose from three body length and roof height options.

It is not yet known precisely what will power the electric Transit, although it can be expected to share some [...]

Funded by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the Workplace Charging Scheme provides a grant for businesses to reduce the cost of having an EV charge point installed at their premises.

The grant allows businesses, charities, and local authorities to claim 75% of the total cost of installation, up to a maximum of £500 per socket installed, and with a maximum of 20 sockets across all sites for each applicant. Firms based in the United Kingdom (exc. Channel Islands and Isle of Man) can claim and don’t necessarily need a plug-in vehicle on the company’s books.

The charge points are required to have a need declared for them on application, which could include: existing EV fleet vehicles, to add [...]


Red Kite launch produced for minibus owners and buyers to keep you informed of the latest electric minibus models, innovations and designs. Since 1982 Red Kite have been at the vanguard of Minibus research, development and manufacture and are now the UK’s leading supplier of school and specialist minibuses. Find more about our new models arriving in 2021 at


Following a recent assessment performed by the international testing, inspection and certification company Bureau Veritas on behalf of the PSA Groupe, Europe; the parent company of Peugeot, Red Kite is pleased to announce our award of a Quality Certificate for the Red Kite Peugeot Boxer Minibus. This rigorous assessment process proves, for both the PSA Groupe and our customers, the high level of quality management all along the life cycle of the Red Kite Minibus model.

Managing Director, John Maskell said, “We are extremely proud of the Red Kite Peugeot Boxer Minibus and the award reflects the time, effort and investment spent bringing this vehicle through research and development and into full production. Now our most popular model, [...]

carefree minibuses from Red KIte

carefree minibuses from Red KIte

Red Kite Carefree Minibus Leasing has been designed to provide flexible finance for your chosen minibus. You choose your deposit or trade in your existing vehicle; Red Kite provides one contract, one fixed monthly payment and one point of contact for all minibus requirements. A dedicated account manager will assist with organising local or in house servicing, annual Road Tax and MOT’s as well as accident management if required. To help your organisation stand out from the crowd, full livery and sign writing services are also available for your minibus.

Carefree Fully Maintained Minibus Leasing

Benefits include:

  • Low deposit, fixed payment with flexible terms
  • Available for both new [...]


St Georges School, Ascot took delivery of their 17 Seat School Minibus earlier this week thanks to their Bursar, Mrs Julia Wood, who won the use of a School Minibus for the 2019-2020 academic year from national supplier Red Kite Minibuses.

While attending the ISBA Annual Conference in Manchester, Mrs Wood was invited, along with all the other attendees to participate in Red Kite’s Lucky Six Competition, which provides participants with the opportunity to win a free minibus for their school for a year on one throw of six dice. The winner is the player who either throws or gets closest to throwing six, sixes. At the time of the competition Mrs Wood, said she would throw the dice “but never wins [...]

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