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It’s finally here: we’re getting ready for the 2021 Fleet Europe Summit, which will go back to a live format with face-to-face interaction. Mark your calendar and join us on 9 and 10 November in Brussels for the event of the year for the European fleet & mobility industry! After more than a year of online-only events, it will be a great opportunity for fleet and mobility insiders to meet again in real life, to have face-to-face talks, to share experiences and to have a good time. This year’s Fleet Europe Summit will take place in the beautiful SQUARE, a convention centre on the Mont des Arts in Brussels. Fleet Europe Summit Themes: Sustainability: This includes of course electrification, which requires charging solutions that can be used at the office, at home and on the go. Other zero-emission solutions are available, too. Post-COVID-19 fleet management:  Strategies are evolving in a post-COVID world and new policies need to be developed. Some procurment trends can already be distinguished, others can be predicted. Corporate Mobility: MaaS is being embraced by more and more companies, and some are looking at Mobility-as-a-Benefit as the next step. We will look at policies and strategies for corporate mobility. Innovation: The fleet and mobility industries are teeming with innovation, particularly in terms of digitisationfleet renewal programmes, vehicle availability and financial models.  (www.fleeteurope.com)

Here’s a first glimpse of what you can expect at the 2021 Fleet Europe Summit on 9 and 10 November in Brussels.

Fleet Europe Remarketing Forum

9 November 2021, all day

Themes:

  • Remarketing Review 2021
  • Post-COVID Remarketing Strategy
  • Trends in Refurbishment
  • LCV Remarketing
  • AI in Remarketing

The full-day annual forum dedicated to the remarketing industry will bring discussion, case studies and networking for remarketing professionals. During the official dinner, the most innovative remarketing solution will be rewarded with the Fleet Europe Remarketing Award.

International Fleet Management Institute (IFMI)

9 November 2021, PM

International fleet trends after COVID-19 in Europe:

  • Identify the international trends that are game changers
  • Secure fleet implementation
  • Monitor fleet efficiency

The IFMI organises a live session where international fleet managers can present their case studies and learn from their peers. It is an opportunity to learn new insights from fleet managers with many years’ experience in the field, or the benefit from a fresh look offered by new entrants to the industry.

Smart Mobility Institute (SMI)

9 November 2021, PM

The Brave New World of Car & Mobility Policies:

  • How to adapt your car & mobility policies for the future
  • How to develop your mobility profiling
  • How to offer Mobility Solutions as a Benefit for your employees

The Smart Mobility Institute is another event that is reserved for buyer profiles like fleet managers, HR managers etc. In this session, you can learn how to go beyond the traditional fleet approach and how to future-proof your policies.

Global Fleet Managers Club

9 November 2021, evening

Agenda:

  • Overview of activities in 2021
  • Global Fleet Survey: main conclusions and lessons learned
  • Global Fleet Mentorship Programme
  • Programme 2022

This exclusive members-only club is the ideal networking group for fleet managers with a global reach. We will give an overview of activities in 2021 and share best practices and lessons learned in an exceptional year.

Fleet Europe Village

10 November 2021, all day

The Fleet Europe Village contains both where the main stage where panel debates and presentations will take place, and booths where suppliers can showcase their products and services.

Test drive & vehicle exhibition

10 November 2021, all day

After the success it garnered at the Summit in Estoril, Portugal in 2019, we bring back this new addition to the Fleet Europe Summit programme. Take the opportunity to have a look at a series of new vehicles, to sit in them and to take them for a short spin.

Fleet Europe Awards Ceremony

10 November 2021, evening & night

The traditional grand finale of the Fleet Europe Summit, the Fleet Europe Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to meet in a more relaxed ambience but also to celebrate the winners of the Fleet Europe Awards, in various categories for both fleet managers and for suppliers. (www.fleeteurope.com)

EU ban on ICEs by 2035 “not viable”

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen presented ‘Fit for 55’, a mega-package of climate measures that will have a huge impact on all corners of the European economy, including mobility. One standout measure: an EU-wide ban on ICE vehicles from 2035. The plan’s title refers to the aim of reducing the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. In line with the EU’s Green Deal, the longer-term goal is for the EU to reach climate neutrality by 2050, and to help keep the global temperature increase below 1.5°C. “Europe is now the first continent with a comprehensive architecture to meet our climate ambitions,” said Ms von der Leyen. “Our package aims to combine the reduction of emissions with measures to preserve nature and to put jobs and social balance at the heart of this transformation. ”The plan’s proposals include: strengthening the EU’s current emissions trading system (ETS), and to expand it from industrial and energy production activities to include shipping, introducing a new ETS for the transport and building industries, setting 2035 as the end date for the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines (ICEs), introducing a climate levy on the import of steel, cement and aluminium. These proposals will now be debated between member states and with the European Parliament and may be adapted in the process. However, given the scale of the climate challenge, the massive size of the plan, and of its eventual impact on the European economy, is unlikely to change much. The German environment ministry called the package “nothing less than a new Industrial Revolution in the European Union”. Various EU member states have already introduced their own ICE bans, suggesting there should be strong public support for ‘Fit for 55’ in at least those countries. These include France, where an ICE ban will be in place from 2040, the UK, with a ban from 2030 (2035 for hybrids), the Netherlands, Spain and many more. ‘Fit for 55’ will provide the framework and set the tone for climate change discussions in the EU for the foreseeable future. First reactions are already conforming to expectations. While some praise it as a long-overdue step in the right direction, the package doesn’t go far enough for many environmental organisations. On the other hand, Hubert Aiwanger, Economy minister of Bavaria, the main location of BMW and Audi, has warned that too strict climate policies could create a “second Detroit” in his state – a reference to the decimation of the U.S. automotive industry in its home city. For its part, ACEA, the association of European carmakers, said it would be ‘studying’ the Commission’s proposals – but already made the following clear: ACEA supports the target of climate neutrality by 2050, and its members are investing billions to get there. However, banning a single technology (i.e. ICE) is not the way forward right now, especially with Europe still struggling to get the transition to EVs right.  “This proposal for an even bigger cut in CO2 emissions by 2030 requires a massive further increase in market demand for EVs in a short timeframe,” said Oliver Zipse, ACEA president (and CEO of BMW). “Without significantly increased efforts by all stakeholders, the proposed target is simply not viable.” However, ACEA did welcome some aspects of the proposals: including: Binding targets for the deployment of charging and refuelling infrastructure – although ACEA points out that the reference to 3.5 million charging points by 2030 is well below the Commission’s own earlier calculations, requiring 6 million. The extension of ETS to road transport fuels, as it will help put a visible price on carbon, thus incentivising low- and zero-carbon fuels.  Much will need to be fine-tuned in the political discussions with the European Parliament and the 27 EU member states. “Policymakers have a historic chance to get this right,” says Eric-Mark Huitema, ACEA’s Director-General. A 2035 ban on diesel and petrol cars doesn’t mean those cars will simply disappear and many will still be on the roads. However, it is essential to encourage people to switch to EVs in the years to come by increasing the number of (fast) charging stations and by introducing incentives for buying EVs, also on the second-hand market. With cars in many member states reaching an average age of 10 years or more, there is enough time to act, and there is a likelihood that the supply of ICE used cars will drop faster than demand. Leasing companies, large fleets and carmakers may need to accelerate their efforts in the field of cross-border remarketing. The proposed measures will be less disruptive for the fleet and lease industry. As usual, corporate fleets are acting as the pioneers in changing Europe’s mobility landscape. We can read almost every day, lease companies and large corporate fleets one after another are announcing a significant – if not total – electrification of their vehicle portfolios. If there are issues in this process, they are more likely to be on the supply side than on the demand side. (www.fleeteurope.com)

9 Biden seeks to boost US EV sales through executive order

To cut greenhouse gas emissions and sustain national competitiveness, US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order which ensures that electric vehicles (EV) will represent half of all automobiles sold in the United States by 2030. Approving the mandate on the White House South Lawn on 5 August, the president was joined by executives from Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, as well as leaders from the United Auto Workers union and members of Congress. “There’s no turning back” on the future of an electric auto industry, President Biden said during the ceremony. The new legislation was agreed to on the condition that congress passes a speding bill that includes billions of dollars for a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, as well as tax credits to make it cheaper for companies to build the cars and consumers to buy them. Parked in the backdrop during the signing ceremony were US-made EVs, including Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4×4, Ford F-150 Lightning pickup, and Chevrolet Bolt compact hatch. Earlier this year, the president asked Congress for $174 billion in government spending to deploy a 500.000 charging station network and to boost the EV market. Considering the closely divided Congress, a much smaller bill of $7.5 billion – which also provides  $73 billion to expand and update the electricity grid – is pending in the senate. Another bill could be passing through congress this fall. (www.globalfleet.com)

Volkswagen in talks to buy Europcar

A consortium led by Volkswagen is in advanced talks to acquire Europcar in a deal that values the rental company at €2.9 billion, offering €0.50 per share. The acquisition is intended to help Volkswagen sell new mobility solutions Volkswagen is leading a consortium that also includes Attestor Limited and Pon Holdings. Their €0.50 per share offer could be topped up by €0.01 per share if 90% of shareholders take up the bid. In a statement, Europcar said its board had recommended the offer. Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman of the Board of directors of Europcar Mobilty Group, said: “The Board of directors welcomes this agreement: Volkswagen, which is leading the Consortium, is a long- standing business partner of our Group, Pon is an expert in international mobility services and Attestor, with its deep transformation capabilities, was a key partner in our financial restructuring. Their forces, combined with Europcar Mobility Group’s assets and strategic roadmap, could leverage unique growth opportunities in mobility ecosystems.” If successful, Volkswagen could benefit from Europcar’s international network in more than 140 countries, including a fleet of more than 350,000 vehicles, to sell new mobility services. The acquisition would also be a return to the situation from the early 2000s, when Volkswagen owned Europcar. (www.fleeteurope.com)

 

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