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  • Fleet managers frustrated by ‘dirty diesel’ claims September 20, 2018
    Diesel vehicles have an unfair reputation for producing harmful emissions, according to a survey of 500 fleet managers by the AA and BT Fleet Solutions. The Operational Fleet Insight Report 2018 suggests high levels of frustration with “anti-diesel rhetoric”, especially among managers who see cleaner diesel vehicles as an effective way of meeting the clean […]
    Maria Highland
  • Goodyear launches CO2-reducing tyres September 20, 2018
    Goodyear has released a range of fuel-efficient tyres Fuelmax Performance which uses a silica tread compound technology to help dedicated long haul-fleets to optimise fuel savings. It reckons a long-haul fleet of 100 vehicles using could save up to 214,000 litres of diesel per year and reduce up to 557,000 kg of CO2 by using […]
    Maria Highland
  • Tesla facing ‘delivery logistics hell’ September 20, 2018
    Tesla is facing “delivery logistics hell”, according to chief executive Elon Musk. Musk was replying to a Tweet from customer Megan Gale who said: “There are 42 Tesla’s sitting at the Union Pacific Railroad in SLC. My car is one of these. I’ve been told I was getting delivery the 8th, then the 15th, then […]
    Maria Highland
  • RHA launches attack on direct vision plan for lorries September 13, 2018
    The Road Haulage Association has hit out at the government for backing the Mayor of London’s plan for a direct vision permit scheme for commercial vehicles. “This is yet another direct attack by Sadiq Khan, Chris Grayling and Jesse Norman on the very industry on which the entire UK economy relies,” said RHA chief executive […]
    Maria Highland
  • Government must invest in charging infrastructure for electric vans September 13, 2018
    The Freight Transport Association has warned that switching deliveries to electric vehicles will only work if their price is reduced and the correct, supporting infrastructure in provided. This view comes as the government launched its Clean Van Commitment, which encourages manufacturers to increase investment in electric vehicles, this week. FTA believes, that in order for […]
    Maria Highland
  • Waberer’s to add gas-powered trucks to its fleet September 13, 2018
    Waberer’s is planning to add gas-powered vehicles to its fleet following a series of trials in collaboration with Iveco and Shell. Chief executive Ferenc Lajkó said: “Natural gas fuelled vehicles present a strong alternative in road transport, as these engines run with significantly lower emission and noise pollution rates and are also suitable for long-distance […]
    Maria Highland
  • Government £2m for cargo bikes September 12, 2018
    The government is to support the uptake of e-cargo bikes with £2 million of funding to promote the use of electric delivery vehicles over older polluting vans and reduce harmful emissions and congestion. There is an increasing use of diesel vans as they cater to the e-commerce boom. These vans cause congestion and have a […]
    Maria Highland
  • Waitrose takes on low emission trial September 11, 2018
    Food retailers Waitrose is to take on a low emission trial using Carrier Transicold’s Syberia TWINCOOL engineless refrigeration system trailer powered by hydro-electric power generated by the truck’s ultra-clean Euro 6 engine. The trial is funded by through Innovate UK and will entail Waitrose working with researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight at […]
    Maria Highland
  • Ford to unveil production Transit hybrid September 10, 2018
    Ford is unveiling the production version of its plug-in hybrid Transit Custom at the IAA Show in Hannover later this month, alongside a new 48-volt mild hybrid (mHEV) power train. The Transit Custom PHEV has an hybrid system that targets a zero-emission range of up to 31 miles, and features the 1.0‑litre EcoBoost petrol engine […]
    Maria Highland
  • New Actros offers ‘partially automated’ driving September 6, 2018
    Mercedes Benz has launched a new Actros model with a “partially automated” driving facility, Active Drive Assist, which can brake, accelerate and steer independently. Active Drive Assist offers the driver partially automated driving in all speed ranges for the first time in a series-produced truck. New elements are active latitudinal control and the combination of […]
    Maria Highland