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  • DPD opens first electric parcel depot in London October 18, 2018
    DPD has opened an all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and set out plans for a further seven all-electric sites in London. The 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as DPD Westminster and will have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day using an all-electric fleet. The company will use electric Mitsubishi […]
    Maria Highland
  • Time to celebrate the best in supply chain October 16, 2018
    It’s time to celebrate all that’s best in supply chain and logistics at the industry’s night of the year – the Supply Chain Excellence Awards. It’s a prestigious black tie gala evening at the Park Lane Hilton in London with more than 600 Supply chain professionals making for perfect networking opportunities. And this year it […]
    Maria Highland
  • Leeds Clean Air Zone will drive hauliers out of business October 16, 2018
    The Road Haulage Association has reacted angrily to a plan by Leeds City Council to charge non-Euro VI trucks £50 a day to enter the city’s clean air zone. Chief executive Richard Burnett said: “These charges would be disastrous for hauliers. An average SME operator makes around £60 profit per truck, per week, so how […]
    Maria Highland
  • John Lewis to phase out diesel trucks October 16, 2018
    The John Lewis Partnership is to phase out all diesel-powered heavy trucks from its fleet by 2028. Instead it will roll out more than 500 delivery trucks powered by bio-methane to the John Lewis and Waitrose fleets. Each bio-methane truck can run up to 500 miles and emits 80 per cent less CO2 than a […]
    Maria Highland
  • Ford starts StreetScooter production October 10, 2018
    Ford has begun production of the Deutsche Post StreetScooter Work XL electric van at its Cologne factory. The StreetScooter is based on a Transit chassis, and is fitted with a battery-electric drivetrain and a body designed and built to StreetScooter specifications. It has a load volume of 20 cu m and a payload of up […]
    Maria Highland
  • Motor industry faces production revolution October 10, 2018
    Shared mobility and automation are expected to drive a revolution in the automotive industry workforce and production by 2030, according to a study by PwC’s Strategy& consultancy entitled: “Transforming vehicle production: How shared mobility and automation will revolutionise the auto industry by 2030”. It predicts that vehicle production will split between mass-market, largely no-frills “cars on demand” […]
    Maria Highland
  • Volvo calls for debate on urban artics October 10, 2018
    Volvo is trialling a Krone City Liner trailer in urban areas, including inner London, to re-open the debate regarding the use of articulated vehicles. Currently the London Lorry Control Scheme restricts the movement of HGVs over 18 tonnes but does not apply to ‘rigid’ or 8-wheel vehicles. The scheme controls where HGVs over 18 tonnes […]
    Maria Highland
  • First automated low-entry truck for Brakes October 5, 2018
    Brakes, the supplier of food to the catering industry, is making deliveries in London with its first fridge-bodied Mercedes-Benz Econic to feature the manufacturer’s own automated manual transmission. The low-entry 18-tonner is powered by a 7.7-litre straight-six engine driving through a 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 system. The PowerShift transmission system was not previously available on […]
    Maria Highland
  • Van market slips back October 5, 2018
    Registrations of panel vans between 2.5 – 3.5 tonnes fell three per cent with 170,201 in the first nine months, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reveal. The registration of all vans up to 3.5 tonnes is down by three per cent, with 274,247 new LCVs on British roads. However, the registration […]
    Maria Highland
  • DHL trials drone to deliver medicine in Africa October 5, 2018
    Tests of a drone to deliver medicine to an island in Lake Victoria in Tanzania have concluded successfully, according to DHL. The DHL Parcelcopter completed the 60km flight from the mainland in an average of 40 minutes. Over the course of the six month test, there were a total of 180 take-offs and landings and […]
    Maria Highland