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13 - 15 APRIL 2021 • NEC • BIRMINGHAM • UK

New awards celebrate bus industry innovation

Date posted: November 29, 2019
28 November 2019 The UK Bus Awards will turn 25 next year and much has happened over the past quarter of a century. But never before has the industry the awards celebrate seen so much change and innovation, with everything from new, cleaner drivetrains, to ride-hailing, on-demand services and driverless vehicles become ever-more prominent. So, […]
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Nikola claims new battery tech could double EV range

Date posted: November 29, 2019
27 November 2019 E-truck manufacturer Nikola has announced the development of new battery technology it claims could double the range of battery electric vehicles without increasing the size or weight of the battery. Nikola Corporation says its prototype cell removes binder material and current collectors to make way for more energy storage. The company says […]
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Only ambitious Brexit deal will safeguard jobs and Britain’s green future

Date posted: November 29, 2019
26 November 2019 Industry calls on next government to put sector at heart of economic and trade policies, and agree an ambitious Brexit deal to deliver on UK’s green growth ambitions. New figures show tariffs would decimate UK manufacturing, with 1.5 million vehicles lost by 2024 at a cost of £42.7 billion. UK Automotive can […]
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Lack of toilet facilities may be a breach of basic human rights

Date posted: November 29, 2019
27 November 2019 The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is calling on government to do more to improve toilet facilities for drivers, claiming current the current provision may be a breach of basic human rights. The organisation says many HGV drivers are being deprived of the United Nations (UN) Human Right to sanitation due to the […]
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DAF adds further EV to its line-up

Date posted: November 29, 2019
27 November 2019 DAF has introduced its first CF Electric truck with a 6×2 rigid chassis. Ideal for refuse collection, the first examples of the new model will be field-tested in the Netherlands later this year by the Dutch public waste disposal firms HVC and ROVA. The city of Rotterdam and Cure will follow suit […]
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Karsan does big numbers in Rome

Date posted: November 29, 2019
27 November 2019 Turkish manufacturer Karsan has delivered 227 of its Menarinibus Citymood buses for public service in Rome in just five months. The deal with the Municipality of Rome was struck as part of the firm’s partnership with Industria Italiana SpA (IIA). The deal means Karsan has now received orders worth €90 million for […]
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Telematics savings will be more than small feed for agricultural supplier

Date posted: November 29, 2019
27 November 2019 A major agricultural supplier with 32 country stores has turned to Microlise for its vehicle telematics. Carrs Billington, which operates a 60-strong fleet, will deploy a Microlise solution including fleet performance and journey management products in an effort to increase fuel efficiency, reduce mileage run and support improved driver performance. The Journey […]
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Bus and coach market declines in third quarter, down -26.4%

Date posted: November 22, 2019
15 November 2019 New bus and coach market falls -26.4% in Q3, with 1,340 models registered. Demand across all body styles falls by double digits, with single-decks down most. Year-to-date registrations fall -29.4%, with Q3 the 11th quarterly decline in a row. The UK new bus and coach market fell -26.4% in the third quarter […]
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HGV market falls in Q3 as new regulation hits registrations

Date posted: November 22, 2019
15 November 2019 UK new heavy goods vehicle registrations decline -13.1% in Q3 as market rebalances following regulatory changes. Demand for rigid and artic trucks fall, down -20.5% and -3.4% respectively. Tractors remain most popular body type, although registrations fall -4.7%. Year-to-date registrations up 18.8% with total 36,021 units registered. The UK new heavy goods […]
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FEATURE: Virtual reality helping to shape the commercial vehicles of tomorrow

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 The commercial vehicle sector is privy to a lot of new technology and innovation, fundamentally affecting the way commercial vehicles are designed and developed. This week TNB caught up with Carsten Astheimer, Managing Director of British automotive design studio ASTHEIMER, to learn how virtual reality is being used to shape the trucks […]
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Hyundai completes truck platooning trial

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 Hyundai has successfully completed its first truck platooning trial. The trial on South Korea’s Yeoju Smart Highway – a 7km testbed for the development of autonomous driving technology – involved two Xcient trucks and trailers. Yeoju Smart Highway is constantly populated by vehicles and is designed to replicate real-world conditions. During its […]
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Ryder supplies new DAF fleet to Elis

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 Ryder, the commercial vehicle rental, contract hire and maintenance specialist, is supplying 162 new DAF vehicles to international textile, hygiene and facilities services specialist Elis. Replacing a fleet of outgoing models, the new trucks will for the most part carry out laundry delivery operations across 38 Elis sites nationwide. The new batch […]
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Awards celebrate van excellence

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 The Freight Transport Association’s annual Van Excellence Awards have once again recognised the nation’s best van operators and drivers. Presented at a ceremony in Birmingham, the awards celebrate the businesses and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the industry and are setting a high standard for others to follow. Kevin […]
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Bus makers join forces to accelerate electrification

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 Two major players in the bus market have signed a commercial agreement that will see the integration and expansion of their electric bus ranges. Italian manufacturer Rampini and Portuguese counterpart CaetanoBus reached the agreement as part of a commercial repositioning strategy. Currently, the companies rebadge each others’ models for sale in their […]
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BYD celebrates huge EV deals

Date posted: November 22, 2019
20 November 2019 Chinese manufacturer BYD has been celebrating two of the biggest ever electric bus deals. The first deal will see the company supply 379 pure electric buses to TransMilenio SA – the mass transit authority in Bogotá, Columbia. The new fleet will be in operation from September 2020 and will, it is claimed, […]
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Nearly £500m awarded to help improve construction freight movement in congested urban areas

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 Innovate UK has awarded a major contract for the development of a new Freight Traffic Control (FTC) platform to help manage construction freight movements and deliveries in congested urban areas. The £485,000 contract was awarded to North East-based Grid Smarter Cities which will work with partners Croydon Council and EB Charging to […]
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Volvo Trucks begins EV sales

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 Sales of Volvo Trucks’ new electric FL and FE models have started in selected markets across Europe. Designed to meet increasing demand for sustainable transport solutions in city environments, the new trucks will initially be sold in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands. But plans are also in place to […]
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FEATURE: Five minutes with David Thackray, Sales and Marketing Director, Tevva

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 British e-truck and EV technology pioneer Tevva has launched an innovative vehicle hire programme designed to help those fleets ready to take the next step towards electrification. Known as ELECTRIFY, the scheme will see Tevva deploy up to 50 12-tonne trucks across the UK and Europe over the next two years. Businesses […]
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Fuel supplier offers first net zero emissions fuel for HGVs

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 A Solihull-based fuel company is aiming to become to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for HGVs, supplying carbon neutral biomethane from 2021. CNG Fuels plans to use renewable biomethane – produced from manure – to meet its goal of helping fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions. The company […]
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BYD and Toyota form R&D alliance

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 BYD and Toyota have joined forces to establish a joint company that will conduct research and development for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), including buses and commercial vehicles. The new R&D company, which will work on designing and developing BEVs and their related parts, is expected to be established in China in 2020, […]
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Irizar batteries to get second life

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 Batteries used in Irizar electric buses and coaches are to be given a second life as part of a new collaboration. The new partnership between the Spanish manufacturer and electric mobility company Ibil will see the batteries reused as energy storage elements in charging facilities Ibil is developing and deploying at Repsol […]
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Manheim sees rising demand for used vans

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 Figures released by auction company Manheim show there was a strong market for used commercial vehicles in October. The number of vehicles auctioned increased and high demand meant 84% of LCVs sold first-time. Meanwhile, almost half of the commercial vehicles (47%) sold to online buyers – an increase of 11% year-on-year. In […]
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Hydrogen powered Toyota tractor enters service at Port of LA

Date posted: November 14, 2019
13 November 2019 Toyota has unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell electric UTR (Utility Tractor Rig) – claimed to be a world first – which is now in operation at the Port of LA. The prototype, known as UNO, has been deployed at the Fenix container port as a test of how zero-emission container handling […]
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FEATURE: Diversifying a show to reflect the needs of a changing industry

Date posted: November 8, 2019
07 November 2019 By Tim Mustin, Sales and Marketing Manager, CV Show As the UK’s largest commercial vehicle event, the CV show has traditionally been a forum for the industry as a whole, but this year in particular, not only has the show seen an impressive number of newcomers to the industry take exhibitor space, […]
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Van market falls in October but new models help offset market weakness

Date posted: November 8, 2019
05 November 2019 UK new van market falls again, down -11.0% in October as uncertainty bites. Larger van registrations decline -19.2%, but demand for small and mid-sized vans rises 2.0% and 31.0% respectively. Year-to-date performance up 3.1% with 311,989 of the latest low emission models hitting UK roads. SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS […]
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Direct Vision Standard applications now open

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 Operators can now apply for HGV Safety Permits a year ahead of the compulsory enforcement of London’s new Direct Vision Standard on 26 October 2020. Direct Vision Standard will target vehicle blind spots, with vehicles being awarded a star rating based on how much a driver can see directly through the windows […]
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New EVs make a Mitie improvement

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 Mitie has passed a major milestone in the electrification of its fleet, by deploying its 100th and 101st electric vans. The two new all-electric Nissan e-NV200 models will be used to deliver Mitie contracts at Edinburgh Castle and Fife College. The company is committed to switching 20% of its car and small […]
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Fund will boost bus accessibility

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 Two million pounds worth of funding will be made available to small bus operators across Great Britain with the aim of making bus services more accessible for disabled passengers. The funding from the Department for Transport will be allocated by the Real Time Information Group (RTIG) for investment in audible and visible […]
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VisionTrack provides telematics tech for platooning trial

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 The advanced video telematics technology behind a truck platooning trial in the UK is being provided by VisionTrack. The company has joined a consortium of partners, led by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), that is conducting the tests on behalf of Highways England and the Department for Transport. It is contributing a five-camera […]
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Norwegian operator places major EV order

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 Norway’s national bus and rail provider, Vy Buss, has ordered 55 pure electric buses from BYD. This major order – comprising models from across the BYD product range – will be delivered next year. The vehicles will go into service on routes in the Norwegian municipalities of Oslo, Hamar and Haugesund. Ole […]
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Innovative last-mile solution enters service with DPD

Date posted: November 8, 2019
06 November 2019 Parcel delivery company DPD has taken delivery of 10 electric assist cargo bikes from Oxfordshire-based manufacturer EAV. The EAV P1 is bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bike designed as a final mile delivery solution. DPD will test five of the bikes on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five […]
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UK CV production falls back in September, down -11.7%

Date posted: November 1, 2019
31 October 2019 UK commercial vehicle production declines -11.7% in September, as home demand takes a hit. Output for overseas markets rises 25.4%, but domestic orders fall in double digits, -44.5%. Performance for first nine months down -13.2%, equivalent to 8,063 fewer CVs. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production declined -11.7% in September, with 7,320 units […]
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Dark nights increase driver fatigue, study finds

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 With the clocks going back last weekend, Mercedes-Benz Vans has released new research showing that fatigue becomes a bigger risk factor for those working in the UK van industry during the darker autumn and winter months. The Mercedes-Benz Barometer, which monitors the opinions of more than 2,000 people in the UK who […]
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FEATURE: Five Minutes with Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman of International Van of the Year

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 In less than a month, more than 1,500 of the biggest players in the commercial vehicle industry across Europe will attend a gala dinner held as part of the SOULTRANS 2019 expo in Lyon. The event is not just the climax to one of the world’s most important industry gatherings; it’s also […]
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Prodrive and Volta in EV truck partnership

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 Prodrive – the UK engineering specialist best known for its work in motorsport and its winning association with the late rally legend Colin McRae – is working with Volta Trucks to help engineer its revolutionary 16-tonne electric HGV. The new truck is designed to meet zero emissions requirements and also to help […]
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CaetanoBus unveils new hydrogen-powered model

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 Portuguese bus maker CaetanoBus has taken the wraps off a new hydrogen-powered bus – the H2. City Gold. The new model will be the first in Europe to utilise Toyota’s advanced fuel cell technology and will be capable of covering up to 400km on a single hydrogen refill, which takes as little […]
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IVECO does top team treble

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 IVECO has made a hat-trick of key appointments in the UK and Ireland as it aims to capitalise on the potential for future growth. Mike Cutts has become the brand’s Business Line Director LCV, while Gareth Lumsdaine has been appointed Business Line Director Truck. Both bring extensive knowledge to their respective roles […]
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Gnewt explores commercial opportunities of V2G

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 Gnewt by Menzies Distribution is to trial the use of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology to help power its 70-strong fleet. The trial will explore the commercial opportunity the technology presents through smarter electricity use and the ability for EVs to release energy back to the grid when they are not in use. Founded […]
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Freight in the City 2019

Date posted: November 1, 2019
30 October 2019 The eyes of the industry will turn to London’s Alexander Palace next week for Freight in the City 2019. With more then 65 exhibitors and an action-packed programme, the expo will showcase the latest innovations and technology focused on urban delivery fleets. The free-to-attend show will give operators and others working with […]
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PSA presses ahead with LCV electrification

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 Electric versions of Groupe PSA’s compact electric van range, including the Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch and Vauxhall Vivaro, will be launched from 2020. The move is part of the group’s plans for electrification, which will see its entire range of passenger cars and LCVs electrified by 2025. The all-electric versions of the […]
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New facility will provide space for future growth

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 Cartwright Conversions has its sights set on future growth with the open its new multi-million flagship manufacturing base in Belton, Lincolnshire. Occupying more than 28-acres the new facility will quadruple the production capacity of the company’s previous site near Doncaster. This will allow it to meet rising demand for its bespoke vehicle […]
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FEATURE: Cabin comfort is the key to driver retention

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 By Steven Cairns, Managing Director of MV Commercial The UK’s driver shortage is a major challenge for operators, with fewer people choosing a career behind the wheel. Currently Britain needs a further 45,000 truck drivers and that means, for truck drivers, it’s a buyer’s market. For operators, that means ensuring you keep […]
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Maritime launches fleet expansion

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 Maritime Transport has embarked on a major expansion of its fleet as it seeks to bolster its offering and support its growth in the road-rail sector. The leading transport container company has ordered 330 new generation trucks from long-standing supplier Scania, with 260 vehicles due to entre service by the end of […]
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Dennis double-deckers given the European touch

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 Alexander Dennis has launched the European Class II interurban version of its three-axle Enviro500 double deck bus. The Enviro500 is the world’s best-selling three axle double deck bus but the new model has been adapted to meet the specific requirements of European operators. The European Enviro500 is available in Class I specification […]
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Huge pure-EV public transport system opens in Chile

Date posted: October 25, 2019
23 October 2019 The biggest pure-electric city bus fleet outside of China has started operation in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Latin America’s first electric bus corridor is serviced by 386 all-electric buses – 285 of which are manufactured by BYD – operated by Enel X and Metbus. The opening ceremony was attended by Chilean […]
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Iconic British van to make electric return

Date posted: October 18, 2019
16 October 2019 A UK-based automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up has revealed plans to launch a new electric LCV based on the classic British design of the Morris J-type van. The new Morris JE by Morris Commercial will feature a state-of-the-art, full electric, lithium-ion battery powertrain. Built with a lightweight, modular chassis and carbon fibre […]
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Volvo Group passes connectivity milestone

Date posted: October 18, 2019
16 October 2019 The Volvo Group has announced it has now delivered more than one million connected customer assets worldwide. In the UK alone, there are now some 25,000 connected Volvo trucks capable of using the Volvo Connect system, which combines all digital and connected services for Volvo’s truck customers into one single interface, making […]
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Double win for Bibby and Roquette

Date posted: October 18, 2019
16 October 2019 The addition of 16 new tractor units has helped Bibby Distribution increase its on-time in full (OTIF) delivery rate for Roquette to more than 98 per cent while also cutting the environmental impact of the plant-based ingredient manufacturer’s supply chain. The new 44-tonne DAF CF trucks, equipped with latest diesel engine technology, […]
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FEATURE: Busworld Europe preview – an electrified future moves closer

Date posted: October 18, 2019
16 October 2019 Later this week, Busworld Europe 2019, the world’s oldest and most famous bus and coach only exhibition, promises to be one of the most forward-looking events in its 48-year history. The need to reduce vehicle emissions, especially in urban areas, has resulted in an intensified focus on how public transport is operated […]
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Rolfo reveals car transporter concept

Date posted: October 18, 2019
16 October 2019 Car transport specialist Rolfo has unveiled a new concept in car transporter bodywork. The innovative EGO 539 is capable of transporting 12 cars, or mixed loadings with large vehicles and is built on a Mercedes Actros 2443 equipped with 428 hp engine, low-roofed Compact Space cab and an original pusher axle. © […]
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