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New METRO electric microvans could come to Europe

27 July 2017 A new Chinese-designed compact electric utility vehicle could be making its European debut after going into production in kit form in the USA. Called the Tropos METRO, the all-electric vehicle is built in a modular fashion on a separate chassis, which contains a lithium-ion battery. It is claimed to be one of […]

Metroline wins electric bus tender

27 July 2017 A London operator has been granted permission to run an additional fleet of electric buses, with 23 10.8 metre vehicles and their associated infrastructure due to be in service by summer 2018. The buses will be operated by Metroline and will be supplied by the BYD/Alexander-Dennis Limited (ADL) partnership. They will be […]

Feature: How Ford’s plug-in Transit trial will electrify London fleets

27 July 2017 Ford’s London-based trial of plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans will get underway in a matter of weeks. The manufacturer announced plans to set to work 20 examples of its best-selling, one-tonne LCV – complete with a mix of internal combustion engines and plug-in electric power – in January this year. The trial […]

Flashing bike could save lives

27 July 2017 A flashing LED bicycle logo is one of the latest ways in which a company that helps operators communicate with vulnerable road users is aiming to protect two-wheeled commuters. As part of Sentinel Systems’ ‘Bike Hotspot’ package, the new LED sign is part of a system designed for operators to help promote […]

Andover Trailers spreads the load for FM Conway

27 July 2017 A British trailer manufacturer has come up with a way to ensure road construction companies can save huge amounts of money transporting road surfacing equipment across Europe. Andover Trailers, a Hampshire-based plant transport specialist, was tasked with creating a trailer that is capable of moving asphalt chip spreaders used by civil engineering […]

Bendy buses to make a comeback

27 July 2017 Bendy buses are making a return to London’s streets, six years after the last of the controversial articulated vehicles went out of service in the capital. The Mercedes-Benz Citaros, which are hinged in the middle, are going into service with Middlesex-based OmniServ for its operations around Gatwick and Bristol Airports. The three-door […]

Manchester-based service engineer scoops Volvo Trucks’ apprentice award

27 July 2017 A service engineer from Manchester has been named as Volvo Trucks’ ‘Apprentice of the Year’ 2017 at the annual Apprentice Awards. Sam Fazackerley, from Manchester-based Thomas Hardie Commercials at Trafford Park, was presented with the award by the company’ Aftermarket Director Mark Cunnew at the annual ceremony, held last month at Stephenson […]

New London taxi will pave way for new electric LCV

18 July 2017 The London Taxi Company has announced it is changing its name to The London EV Company (LEVC) at the launch of the new version of the traditional London Taxi, following an announcement earlier this year that the new cab will also form the basis of a plug-in hybrid light commercial vehicle. LEVC […]

New look and revised engines for Transit Custom

18 July 2017 Britain’s best-selling medium sized van has had a makeover, with an updated exterior, new interior, advanced driver assistance systems and a low emission engine variant. The Ford Transit Custom gets a new nose in line with the styling of the new Fiesta hatchback, while its new cabin features harder wearing materials, 25-litres […]