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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 [...]

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 [...]

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