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  • HGV market falls 8pc on last year August 14, 2018
    The heavy goods vehicle market is down 7.8 per cent in the first half at 20,455 units, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which blames a fall follows a downturn in business confidence caused by on-going political and economic uncertainty and confusion surrounding clean air zones and local regulation.  Artics faired best, […]
    Maria Highland
  • Abbey Logistics trials long-haul gas-powered truck August 14, 2018
    Tanker operator Abbey Logistics has started a trial of Volvo’s six-by-two LNG powered FM tractor. The Volvo G13C engine uses approximately 90-95 per cent liquified natural gas and 5-10 per cent diesel to ignite it. It is expected to provide the same fuel efficiency and performance as diesel but with a 20 per cent reduction […]
    Maria Highland
  • Mercedes Benz do Brazil to export 500 buses to Nigeria August 9, 2018
    Mercedes Benz do Brazil is to export 200 buses into Nigeria to be operated in Lagos and another 300 to Coscharis Group by the end of the year. MB do Brazil vice president sales and marketing Roberto Leoncini highlights that he is very pleased about the large order to the most populous country in Africa […]
    Maria Highland
  • HERE Technologies and Renovo form partnership August 9, 2018
    Mobility software technology company Renovo and mapping and location services provider HERE Technologies and have partnered up to pursue their shared vision of an automated transport systems with open an ecosystem of technologies working seamlessly together. Both are to work on a new technology interface to maximise the utility of sensor data generated by fleets […]
    Maria Highland
  • Virgin Hyperloop to open $500m Spanish development centre August 8, 2018
    Virgin Hyperloop One, which plans to move goods and people at 670 miles an hour through special tunnels, is to build a $500 million development centre in Spain. It has signed a deal with the Spanish Administrator of Railway Infrastructures open an Advanced Technology Development and Testing Centre worth $500 million in the Andalusian region […]
    Maria Highland
  • TSC and University of Leeds form partnership August 6, 2018
    Transport Systems Catapult and the University of Leeds are to form a ‘Deep Academic Alliance’ agreement to support and develop the implementation of innovative transport. The partnership will support TSC’s five-year academic engagement strategy which aims to drive greater focus on transport innovation when it comes to budget planning and allocation within government via research […]
    Maria Highland
  • First Manchester buses to go fully contactless August 6, 2018
    All First Manchester are to introduce new ticket machines which will enable passengers to pay for their journeys using contactless cards or mobile phones. This makes using public transport easier as cash is no longer required so customers do not need to worry about having the correct change. Customers can also purchase their tickets in […]
    Maria Highland
  • £12.1m in government funding for autonomous vehicles August 2, 2018
    The British government is to provide £12.1m of funding for 6 projects that are working towards developing connected and autonomous vehicles. Funding will go towards projects that focus on simulation and modelling which will be essential for developing, testing and proving the safety of the vehicles. “We are on the cusp of an exciting and […]
    Maria Highland
  • TfL in fourth year of Cycle Grants London August 1, 2018
    Transport for London is to launch its fourth year of Cycle Grants London funding to encourage Londoners to take up cycling by offering over £240,000 in funding to over 30 projects. The grants are aimed at supporting underrepresented group in cycling that may not necessarily have access to bikes due to income, health and skills. […]
    Maria Highland
  • B&Q to store DC’s solar electricity in batteries for EV cars August 1, 2018
    Kingfisher is to install batteries at B&Q’s Swindon distribution centre which will be able to store about 40 per cent of the electricity generated by solar panels on the roof, including powering electric car points. Solarcentury will manage the installation with batteries supplied by Samsung. Each rack of batteries is the size of a large domestic […]
    Maria Highland