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18 – 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

The Commercial Vehicle Show - logo image
18 - 20 APRIL 2023 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

Five minutes with…Chris Fower, Sales and Marketing Director, Fischer Panda UK

Date posted: August 4, 2022

What does Fischer Panda UK do? As a UK specialist in the provision of mobile power solutions, Fischer Panda UK leads in the distribution of diesel generators, hybrid electric and integrated mobile power systems across the full spectrum of commercial

 

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The regulators: Review of the latest Traffic Commissioners’ report

Date posted: August 4, 2022

Over the years the Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain have carried out vital work as independent regulators for the goods vehicle and public service vehicle industries and their professional drivers. They have not only helped to improve standards by holding

 

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Ford vans in sustainable delivery trial at Billingsgate

Date posted: August 4, 2022

Forty traders at Billingsgate Market, London, are taking part in a sustainable deliveries pilot which has resulted in almost 950 fewer vehicle journeys on congested roads in the centre of the capital. The pilot – a partnership between Ford Pro,

 

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Nottingham City Transport acquires 23 new bio-gas buses

Date posted: August 4, 2022

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has taken delivery of its first of a new batch of 23 bio-gas double deck buses in a £7m investment. The engines and chassis of the Enviro400CBG City buses have been developed by Scania and are

 

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T Christie & Son Transport gets MAN TGX Lion S.

Date posted: August 4, 2022

Milton Keynes-based T Christie & Son Transport has taken delivery of a special edition Individual Lion S 26.510 MAN TGX truck. Managed by the father and son partnership, Tony and Paul Christie, T Christie & Son Transport’s new 510hp Lion

 

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Five minutes with… Clive Jones, Head of Trailer Sales, Andover Trailers

Date posted: July 27, 2022

Tell us about your range of products? Andover Trailers has been producing bespoke built plant bodies and trailers from our Hampshire manufacturing facility since 1985. We work with our customers to deliver products that match their individual requirements, specialising in

 

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Training time: how transport firms are developing their driver training schemes

Date posted: July 27, 2022

Last summer saw the HGV driving shortage crisis hit the headlines, with a Road Haulage Association survey estimating a shortfall of more than 100,000 qualified HGV drivers in the UK. Aware of the significant fall in driver numbers, transport businesses

 

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Van auction values climb for the first time this year, says BCA

Date posted: July 27, 2022

Average LCV values at BCA auctions rose by 3% in June, the first month-on-month rise recorded this year. Van values averaged £9,800 at BCA last month, up by £283 compared with May, with performance against guide prices down slightly at

 

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Mellor sees strong demand for all-electric Sigma range

Date posted: July 27, 2022

Rochdale manufacturer of size-appropriate buses, Mellor, says it has had strong initial demand for its new Sigma range of zero-emission models. The firm, which unveiled its new range of electric buses last December, has secured orders from UK and Europe-based

 

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Bidfood delivers to central London with all-electric Fuso truck

Date posted: July 27, 2022

Foodservice wholesaler Bidfood has taken delivery of an all-electric Fuso eCanter to deliver to customers in central London, as it plans to meet tighter urban emissions restrictions. The 7.5-tonne vehicle, based at the company’s depot in Battersea, is fitted with

 

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Five minutes with… Jay Biring, Managing Director, Exeros Technologies

Date posted: July 21, 2022

Tell us about Exeros Technologies? Founded in 2009, we are experts in computer-vision for vehicles with a mission to accelerate vehicle camera AI to protect lives, reputations and reduce risk. Our experience in this sector enables us to consult with

 

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Try before you buy: Electric vehicle rental and hire

Date posted: July 21, 2022

Many operators are currently looking to procure all-electric vehicles for short, high-volume journeys with lower payloads, in urban areas where they can more easily be recharged. At the same time, these businesses find they can make a rapid switch to

 

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Motor factor orders 40 Citroën ë-Berlingo vans

Date posted: July 21, 2022

Independent motor factor Motor Parts Direct has started switching its fleet to electric with an order for 40 Citroën ë-Berlingo Vans. The latest vehicle delivery from Citroën comes as Motor Parts Direct continues to grow across the country and looks

 

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Equipmake electric powertrain heads to Argentina

Date posted: July 21, 2022

A battery electric bus developed in Norfolk is on its way to Argentina to begin in-service trials ahead of mass manufacturing plans. Equipmake’s ZED-powered Agrale MT17.0LE, a 12-metre single deck model capable of carrying 70 passengers, will be operated over

 

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Electric HGVs to deliver 10,000 pints of Carlsberg per day

Date posted: July 21, 2022

Carlsberg has acquired two fully electric HGVs in a trial at two of its UK depots which could provide pubs with 10,000 freshly brewed pints in a day. The two fully electric Renault Trucks E-Tech D Wide models, weighing 26

 

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Five minutes with Tom Hurst, UK Country Manager and Network Development Manager for Fastned

Date posted: July 14, 2022

How important is the commercial vehicle sector to Fastned?  Fastned’s mission is to accelerate the transition to electric mobility, and the commercial vehicle sector is at the vanguard of that switch. Ensuring that commercial vehicles have access to a quality, convenient

 

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Investments in hydrogen production and infrastructure – who is doing it?

Date posted: July 14, 2022

While vehicle manufacturers continue to develop battery electric trucks for short and middle distance operators, hydrogen-powered fuel-cell drive is seen by some as the best solution to decarbonising long-haul road transport. As a result, companies have been making a series

 

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New MAN TGE vans for Wrights of Northampton

Date posted: July 14, 2022

A self-drive van and commercial vehicle hire specialist is taking delivery of its latest order of 40 new MAN TGE chassis cab Lutons and panel vans. Wrights of Northampton’s new vehicles – 10 chassis cabs with bespoke Luton bodies and

 

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Retro-fitted hydrogen double decker bus begins 10-week test

Date posted: July 14, 2022

Engineering consultancy Ricardo has repowered a double decker bus with a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system ready for zero emission demonstration. The project, part funded by the Department of Transport through its Hydrogen Transport Hub Demonstration competition, has seen Ricardo

 

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Renewable energy supplier begins truck fleet with crane-equipped rigid

Date posted: July 14, 2022

A North West renewable energy supplier has put its first ever truck on the road – a new crane-equipped Volvo FH 460 – to help it keep pace with growing demand. Think Hire will use the new 8×2 rear-steer rigid

 

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Condition is king: The latest from the UK’s van auction houses

Date posted: July 7, 2022

Last year auction houses in the UK saw great interest in used vans as tradespeople returned to work after lockdowns and online shopping remained popular. At the moment there continues to be good demand for used vans, in part due

 

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Chargepoint provider gets 60 new electric vans from LEVC

Date posted: July 7, 2022

EV charging infrastructure provider Pod Point has ordered 60 VN5 electric vans from the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC). The VN5s will be used by Pod Point engineers to install chargepoints across the UK, as well as helping the business

 

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Leicester hospital bus routes go electric with Yutong E12s

Date posted: July 7, 2022

Pelican Bus and Coach has supplied four new Yutong E12 battery-electric single-decker buses for a new bus service on routes connecting Leicester’s three main hospitals. The new Hospital Hoppers will become part of the new Greenlines electric bus network, which

 

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UK gets hydrogen electric truck with Tevva launch

Date posted: July 7, 2022

Electric and hydrogen truck pioneer Tevva has launched a hydrogen fuel cell-supported HGV to be manufactured, designed and mass produced in the UK. The Tilbury-headquartered scale-up’s 7.5-tonne hydrogen electric truck, which has a fuel cell system provided by Loop Energy,

 

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Speaking for the sector

Date posted: June 30, 2022

The SMMT International Automotive Summit saw more than 300 members, guests and invited speakers and dignitaries come together at the Institute of Engineering and Technology this week. We heard from leading car and truck manufacturers, the supply chain, aftermarket and

 

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Five minutes with David Savage, Vice President, UK & Ireland, Geotab

Date posted: June 30, 2022

What does Geotab do? Since its establishment in 2000, Geotab has grown from a small family business to a global leader in fleet management solutions and vehicle tracking. It is now one of the largest telematics companies in the world,

 

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Dealer developments: recent moves in the commercial vehicle dealership world

Date posted: June 30, 2022

With a series of takeovers, newly built dealer points and fresh facilities in the pipeline, there has been significant movement in the commercial vehicle dealership sector in recent months. Renault Trucks has been particularly busy recently with Renault Truck Commercials

 

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British Gas and Osprey Charging to accelerate fleet electrification

Date posted: June 30, 2022

British Gas has partnered with Osprey Charging to help simplify the charging process for its drivers and transition its vans to an all-electric fleet. The agreement provides British Gas engineers and 9,000 vehicles with direct access to Osprey’s nationwide network

 

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Alexander Dennis supplies new Plaxton Panther coach to Hunters

Date posted: June 30, 2022

Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis has delivered a new Plaxton Panther coach to one of the largest private hire coach companies in Scotland. Hunters Executive Coaches has taken delivery of the 53-passenger seated vehicle, built on a Volvo B8R chassis with

 

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New Generation MAN TGXs to deliver food across Britain

Date posted: June 30, 2022

Samworth Brothers has received new New Generation MAN TGX tractor units as it aims to improve fuel efficiency, uptime and drivers’ experience. The major food manufacturer’s temperature-controlled distribution specialist, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, has taken delivery of two TGX 26.470

 

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Five minutes with Emily Hardy, Marketing Manager of Brigade UK

Date posted: June 23, 2022

Tell us about Brigade? Brigade Electronics is a worldwide leading provider of safety devices and solutions for commercial vehicles and machinery. Our products work to reduce the risk of collisions and protect vulnerable road users by minimising vehicle blind spots

 

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Electric trucks: in it for the longer haul

Date posted: June 23, 2022

In recent years, manufacturers have provided a growing number of smaller and lighter battery-electric trucks for transport firms to use on their urban delivery operations. But this ongoing innovation is now resulting in electric trucks for middle distance and even

 

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Speedy invests £8m in fleet decarbonisation with 150 new electric vans

Date posted: June 23, 2022

Construction equipment and services provider Speedy is adding another 150 new electric vans to its fleet under an £8.25 million investment. The UK firm has ordered 100 x 4.25-tonne single-chassis cab Ford E-Transit models, as well as 50 x 3.5

 

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Wrightbus to supply first zero-emission double deckers for Ireland

Date posted: June 23, 2022

Wrightbus has received an order to build the first double-deck battery-electric buses to join Ireland’s national fleet. The National Transport Authority will roll out the Streetdeck Electroliner BEVs in Dublin and Limerick as part of a national framework agreement to

 

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New Generation DAF XFs join bulk tanker fleet

Date posted: June 23, 2022

Bulk powder and liquid specialist Abbey Logistics has taken delivery of seven New Generation DAF tractor units as part of its ongoing fleet replenishment programme. The new XF 450 FTP trucks, as well as four previous generation XFs joining Abbey

 

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Five minutes with Mandy Dean, Director, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Britain

Date posted: June 16, 2022

How did FordPro come about? The transition to electric vehicles is happening at an astonishing pace. Businesses and organisations of all shapes and sizes see the promise of electric vehicles, but they know it’s going to be a complicated shift,

 

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Fleet focus: spotlight on vehicle management specialists

Date posted: June 16, 2022

For many firms, owning and operating a fleet is not their main business, such as those who make or build products and need to get their goods to their customers. By allowing a fleet management specialist to take over the

 

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Tiger delivers 40 trailers to Primark

Date posted: June 16, 2022

Tiger Trailers has designed, manufactured and delivered 40 articulated box van trailers for Primark as part of its new 3PL partnership with Wincanton. The Cheshire-based trailer manufacturer’s production teams and lines worked tirelessly over a three month period to produce

 

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Switch Mobility unveils new electric bus

Date posted: June 16, 2022

Switch Mobility has unveiled the new, fourth generation Switch e1, a fully electric bus tailored to the European market. The Switch e1 combines a lightweight monocoque construction with a 389kWh battery and ZF hub motors, with fast charging achieved in

 

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Fox Group gets first electric tipper trucks

Date posted: June 16, 2022

Family-owned Fox Group has introduced two new Volvo FE Electric tippers into its fleet. Both Volvo FE Electric 6×2 rigids are plated at 27-tonnes – one tonne more than a standard three-axle rigid – which helps to offset the additional

 

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Five minutes with Duncan Forrester, Chief Communications Officer, Volta Trucks

Date posted: June 9, 2022

What can you tell us about Volta’s new Zero models? The forthcoming 7.5- and 12-tonne Volta Zero models will carry over the principles of the innovative cab and premium working environment for drivers from the larger 16-tonne vehicle, literally placing

 

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Pressure points: How tyre tech can benefit operators

Date posted: June 9, 2022

Commercial fleets around the globe have long enjoyed the benefits of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS), which have grown in popularity over the years to improve road safety, increase fleet operators’ reliability and cut their costs. Highways England has calculated

 

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Peak District bus operator adds Enviro200s to national park network

Date posted: June 9, 2022

Peak District bus operator High Peak Buses has acquired three Enviro200 buses as it modernises its network in the national park. Bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has supplied the three single deck buses, with SmartPack diesel engines, including two

 

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Derbyshire truck rental firm receives first of 280 MANs in fleet expansion

Date posted: June 9, 2022

Truck rental firm PT Hire has put the first of its 280 MAN new and used tractor units on the road, as the Derbyshire company expands its fleet by a third to more than 700 vehicles to meet growing customer

 

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Maxus unveils EV pick-up for UK market

Date posted: June 1, 2022

Maxus has unveiled the first electric pick-up truck to be launched for the UK market. The T90EV pick-up, exhibited at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, is the EV version of the T90 which is on sale in China and

 

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Mind matters: How employers can help with mental health

Date posted: June 1, 2022

It is not always easy to identify the signs of mental health issues, but companies operating in road transport need to be aware that people can sometimes hide these problems beneath the surface. During Covid-19 lockdowns, delivery drivers were among

 

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First Bus completes EV charging hub in Glasgow

Date posted: June 1, 2022

Scottish public transport operator First Bus has finished construction of the rapid EV charging hub in Glasgow that will allow 150 electric buses to be charged at one time. Trials have already begun at the Caledonia depot, in Glasgow’s southside,

 

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Volvo FM making moves at James Removals

Date posted: June 1, 2022

A London transport company has put its first brand-new Volvo FM truck into service in its 35-year history. James Removals’s new FM 430 4×2 rigid has been specified to meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard rating, the minimum

 

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Five minutes with Laura Moran, Managing Director, TVL Group

Date posted: June 1, 2022

What products does TVL market? TVL Security designs and manufactures leading vehicle security products supplying directly to vehicle manufacturers and the automotive market. We design, build and install advanced locking systems for vans and goods vehicles and our patented products

 

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Five minutes with Lawrence Drake, MD, DAF Trucks UK

Date posted: May 26, 2022

Tell us about the new UK technician training programme for the DAF LF Electric and CF Electric trucks? The training is being delivered at the DAF Academy at our UK head office in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire where workshop technicians take an

 

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