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The tide of the progressive workplace can lift all boats

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Businesses that encourage people to thrive through employee empowerment, collaboration and wellbeing are the most likely to attract and retain the very best talent, and that’s why progressive workplaces in the commercial vehicle sector are so important. With the sector’s

 

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Five minutes with… Seb Brechon, Head of LCV & PRO+, Renault

Date posted: April 11, 2024

What can the new Renault Trafic E-Tech electric offer customers? Our latest model provides all the practicality of the award-winning Renault Trafic, now in 100% electric. With a range of up to 183 miles (WTLP), fleet and business customers no

 

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It’s electrifying: Bus depots and EV charging infrastructure

Date posted: April 11, 2024

As public transport operators around the UK introduce more and more electric buses, so the need for extra charging infrastructure has grown. The past few months has seen a series of major projects across the country as energy companies deliver

 

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Wains happy with fuel economy from Actros L

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Devon haulage firm Wains Transport says it is happy with the fuel efficiency from its latest Mercedes-Benz Actros L tractor unit. The new arrival is a highly specified Actros L 2553, delivered by Dealer City West Commercials. It has a

 

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First wave of electric vans for Michelin Services and Solutions

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Michelin has completed the first phase of its electric vehicle transition programme in the van fleet operated by its Services and Solutions division in the UK, after taking delivery of 17 Vauxhall Combo vans. The vehicles, supplied on a four-year

 

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Equipmake repowers electric buses for York

Date posted: April 11, 2024

Equipmake has delivered 12 repowered Optare Versa single-deck electric buses to First York following a successful trial of an initial converted prototype vehicle. The buses feature Equipmake’s Zero-Emission Drivetrain (ZED) technology, which in this specification, includes a 274kWh capacity battery,

 

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New van uptake must be greener, and sooner

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Popular demand for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) is on a roll, with the latest figures published today by SMMT showing 15 months of growth in new registrations, up by a tenth to pass the 50,000-unit milestone for the first time in

 

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Five minutes with… Simon Ruck, Managing Director, MAC International

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Tell us a bit about the history of MAC? Darlington-based MAC International, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial cleaning equipment and machines, was established in 1999 by myself. My father, Jim Ruck, had already been in the pressure washer industry

 

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All aboard: a look at the latest ZEBRA bus funding package

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Last month, as part of the second round of its Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, government announced a further £143 million funding package to help the roll out 955 new zero emission buses in England. The programme is

 

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Carrier Transicold units help BAKO cut emissions

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Bakery wholesaler BAKO has taken delivery of 24 new rigid trucks, mounted with a combination of Carrier Transicold Supra 1150 multi-temperature systems and engineless Iceland 11 MT units. The trucks will deliver powerful and efficient cooling capability, with the ability

 

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Welsh operator turns to bus rental

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Tanat Valley Coaches has taken delivery of a 10.8m Volvo B8RLE MCV eVoRa single decker bus and a 9.7m Alexander Dennis Enviro200 midi-bus from Asset Alliance Group’s new rental offering. Supplied on three-year rental agreements, the vehicles will be deployed

 

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Scania trucks for Bacton Transport

Date posted: April 4, 2024

Family-run Bacton Transport has added 11 new Scania trucks to its fleet, citing fuel efficiency, back-up and reliability as key factors behind the decision. Supplied by dealer TruckEast, the new Scanias will be based at Bacton Transport’s head office in

 

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Flying the flag for UK-made products

Date posted: March 28, 2024

One of SMMT’s key missions is to promote highlight British manufacturing at home and abroad, one made much easier given the number of commercial vehicles made in the UK continues to grow significantly, almost doubling in February compared with last

 

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Five minutes with… Bruno Lambert, CEO of B–ON

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Can you give us details about your new Pelkan electric LCV? The Pelkan eLCV is the first vehicle in a new model line-up of purpose-built electric commercial vehicles from B–ON. Like the previous models from our brand, the all-electric Pelkan

 

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Driving change: addressing human factors in vehicle collisions

Date posted: March 28, 2024

By Matt Staton, Head of National Road User Safety Delivery at National Highways  If companies want to reduce collisions in at-work vehicles, they need to recognise road risk as a health and safety priority – and manage the human factors.

 

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Isuzu launches D-Max BEV electric pick-up

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Isuzu Motors has launched its first battery electric vehicle, the D-Max BEV pick-up developed to meet a wide range of commercial and passenger vehicle needs. The pick-up has a one-tonne payload, 3.5-tonne towing capacity and a full-time 4WD system with

 

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Go-Ahead Group to reach 1,100 zero emission bus milestone

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Go-Ahead Group will introduce an additional 201 zero emission buses by March 2026 in a bid to take its green fleet count to more than 1100. The total investment, comprising both buses and infrastructure amounts to £112 million, with Go-Ahead’s

 

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Renault trucks join Weaver Haulage fleet

Date posted: March 28, 2024

Family-run Weaver Haulage has added three T520 High 6×2 pusher tractor units to its fleet that will work on bulk powder jobs across the Midlands and the South of England for cement clients. Supplied by Allports Group, the new vehicles

 

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Five minutes with… Guy Bartlett, CEO of Electric Vehicle Charge Point Operator, Believ.

Date posted: March 21, 2024

What is Believ offering in the crowded Electric Vehicle (EV) space? Believ installs, manages and maintains all speeds of publicly accessible charge points at zero cost to both the public sector and business sectors. Many local authorities and businesses are under

 

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SMMT Connected 2024: Review

Date posted: March 21, 2024

Returning after a gap of five years, this year’s SMMT Connected event brought together senior representatives from automotive and government, technology and infrastructure to discuss the future of personal mobility and mass transport. The event, held in London earlier this

 

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MAN drives forward development of driverless trucks

Date posted: March 21, 2024

MAN Truck & Bus has partnered with the US specialist for automated driving systems Plus as it looks to accelerate its development of driverless trucks. The agreement is part of an overarching development partnership with regards to autonomous driving between

 

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INEOS launches Grenadier Quartermaster chassis cab

Date posted: March 21, 2024

INEOS has launched a five-seat double cab Chassis variant of its Grenadier Quartermaster pick-up, aimed at specialist vehicle converters and commercial body builders. Sharing the Quartermaster’s 3,227mm wheelbase – 305mm longer than the Grenadier Station Wago – the Chassis Cab

 

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BP Pulse acquires Ashford Truckstop freehold

Date posted: March 21, 2024

BP Pulse has acquired the freehold of Ashford International Truckstop in Kent as part of its plans to build a network of EV charging infrastructure across Europe. Located off Junction 10 and 10a of the M20, the truck stop is

 

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The drums are rolling for CV Show 2024

Date posted: March 21, 2024

We’re just over a month away from the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, providing an opportunity for the sector to showcase its latest technology to vehicle operators, industry stakeholders and government representatives. With a focus on the road to zero,

 

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Five minutes with… Roger Brereton, Head of Sales, Pailton Engineering

Date posted: March 14, 2024

What does artificial intelligence (AI) bring to the bus and coach industry in terms of the enhancement of safety measures? Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), powered by AI algorithms, can detect potential hazards, monitor driver behaviour and provide real-time alerts. This

 

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Gender balance: Encouraging women into transport

Date posted: March 14, 2024

At the start of the month, the UK’s bus and coach sector joined the celebration of International Women’s Day – the world’s annual event to highlight the achievements of women, promote gender parity and help tackle discrimination. Given the UK

 

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Phelan Haulage gets specialist DAF crane truck

Date posted: March 14, 2024

Phelan Haulage has expanded the flexibility of its operations after taking delivery of a DAF XG 530 tractor unit mounted with a HIAB X-HIPRO 858 EP-6 crane from MV Commercial. With a four-tonne lifting capacity at a full reach of

 

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Iveco supplies eDaily vans to Tesco home delivery fleet

Date posted: March 14, 2024

Iveco has delivered the first of 151 electric eDaily chassis cab vans to the Tesco fleet as part of the supermarket’s drive to decarbonise operations. The two-battery eDaily has been specified to optimise payload and range, and the supermarket will

 

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FPS to commercialise e-fleet platform

Date posted: March 14, 2024

Flexible Power Systems (FPS) has received £2.7 million in funding to speed up commercialisation of its EV and charger management platform for commercial vehicle fleets. Originally developed for the John Lewis Partnership but expanded to address the needs of all

 

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Self-driving commercial vehicles are the future — but how, is up to us

Date posted: March 14, 2024

Today, I joined more than 400 delegates at SMMT Connected 2024 in London for a front seat at the future of automotive. It’s been a landmark event with experts from across industry discussing how the latest innovations and developments that

 

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Growing LCV uptake is music to the industry’s ears

Date posted: March 7, 2024

Since 1999, when the ‘two numberplate’ system was introduced ahead of the new Millennium, February has always traditionally been a quiet month for LCV registrations, with many operators choosing to wait until March. While It’s Like That for February 2024,

 

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Five Minutes with… David Sawford, Commercial Director, System Edström

Date posted: March 7, 2024

Tell us a bit about the history of System Edström? System Edström was established in Sweden in 1958. The company provides versatile van racking solutions for a range of businesses. Our unique modular designs mean we can meet the internal

 

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Preview: SMMT Connected 2024

Date posted: March 7, 2024

Conclusive debates surrounding connected and automated mobility (CAM) are becoming ever more pressing as such advanced technology reach Britain’s roads in growing numbers, and the commercial vehicle sector is helping to lead the way. It’s no surprise therefore that the

 

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Currie Solutions gets 13 new Mercedes-Benz trucks from Asset Alliance

Date posted: March 7, 2024

Dumfries transport and logistics firm Currie Solutions has strengthened its long relationship with Asset Alliance Group after taking delivery of 13 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks. Supplied on three-year contract hire agreements, the new arrivals join a fleet of 130 vehicles and

 

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Herd supplies FM Conway with 12 Renault electric vans

Date posted: March 7, 2024

Herd Group has supplied infrastructure services company FM Conway with 12 new Renault Kangoo E-Tech electric vans for use on its projects in London. The order aligns with the company’s commitment to switching half of its less than 1.5-tonne vehicles

 

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National Express to trial Yutong tri-axle electric coach

Date posted: March 7, 2024

National Express has will be the UK’s first scheduled coach operator to trial Yutong’s new GTe14 tri-axle battery electric coach. Working in partnership with Pelican and Yutong, the country’s largest coach operator will launch the electric coach into service this

 

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Five minutes with… Nick Guise, Head of Marketing at Trakm8

Date posted: February 29, 2024

Describe what Trakm8 does? At Trakm8, we are committed to delivering comprehensive fleet management solutions that empower our clients to achieve optimal performance and efficiency. Trakm8’s holistic approach to fleet management, encompassing cameras, telematics, AI Fleet/Route Optimisation, and vehicle health

 

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Plugging the gap: How HVO fuel is helping operators decarbonise

Date posted: February 29, 2024

As greater numbers of zero emission HGVs come to market, some logistics companies still planning to make the change are finding that using Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is playing a useful role in helping them decarbonise. HVO is a fossil-free,

 

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Luton plant to begin Vivaro electric van production from 2025

Date posted: February 29, 2024

Vauxhall has announced that production of its Vivaro Electric van will begin at its Luton manufacturing plant from the first half of 2025. Limited production of the medium-sized electric vehicle, and its equivalent models from other Stellantis brands, will start

 

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Go-Ahead sells 60 million bus tickets at £2

Date posted: February 29, 2024

Go-Ahead’s bus companies have sold a £2 bus ticket to 60 million people in England since the country’s nationwide bus fare cap was introduced by the Government at the beginning of 2023. The Department for Transport’s “Get Around for £2”

 

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Sparks takes delivery of new Volvo FM Electric

Date posted: February 29, 2024

Sparks Transport has acquired a Volvo FM Electric truck after a successful period trialling its local Volvo dealer’s electric demonstrator. The new vehicle, supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West, will be mainly used by the Glastonbury-based haulier to

 

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CV sector takes another step into the future

Date posted: February 29, 2024

New figures from SMMT this week show long-term growth in the number of commercial vehicles made in the UK is continuing into 2024, with more than 11,700 vans, pickups, 4x4s, taxis, trucks and buses rolling off the production line in

 

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Bumper heavy vehicle demand – but action needed to unblock market

Date posted: February 22, 2024

Last week, SMMT published the end of year registration figures for heavy vehicles – showing some 46,227 trucks joined Britain’s roads last year, along with 4,932 buses, coaches and minibuses. It’s the result of significant growth in fleet demand for

 

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Five minutes with… Jay Biring, CEO at Exeros Technologies Describe the Exeros DVS BSIS system?

Date posted: February 22, 2024

At Exeros we have put our own processes in place to fully understand the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), and we have conducted more than 2,000 hours of testing, including live testing and on the road test scenarios, before bringing our

 

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Telematics tech: what are the benefits for transport operators?

Date posted: February 22, 2024

 From vehicle tracking and incident recording to fuel efficiency and safety measurement, transport firms are benefitting from increasingly advanced telematics systems to carry out tasks that improve their business-wide performance. Given telematics systems provide such a wide range of options,

 

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Ford opens EV test lab at Dunton HQ

Date posted: February 22, 2024

Ford has opened a £24m Propulsion Development Laboratory at its UK headquarters in Dunton that will support the delivery of its European electrification plans. The laboratory at the Essex site comprises eight vehicle-size rooms capable of testing electric power units

 

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Reading Buses unveils new Enviro400 City double deckers

Date posted: February 22, 2024

Reading Buses has ordered nine new Alexander Dennis Enviro400 City double-deckers, which the operator says offer the “next level” of comfort and class for customers. The buses, which feature coffee-shop style flooring and tables, glazed staircases, skylights, USB and wireless

 

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Volvo Trucks wraps up big order with DS Smith

Date posted: February 22, 2024

DS Smith Logistics has taken delivery of 61 new Volvo FM 460 Globetrotter 6×2 tractor units as part of a major fleet renewal programme. The new trucks – that arrive via a long-term contract-hire agreement from TIP Group – replace

 

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Time to get connected

Date posted: February 15, 2024

We are just one month away from the highly anticipated SMMT Connected 2024, set to take place in London. This flagship event will bring together more than 400 senior representatives from industry, government, media, and key stakeholders. SMMT Connected was

 

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

Date posted: February 15, 2024

Tell us about the new partnership with Clayton Power? We have been aware of Clayton Power and the LPS II product for a few years now and always saw it as an interesting product and an alternative auxiliary onboard power

 

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