Chris Chandler, Principal Consultant, Lex Autolease
We have long supported the burgeoning electric vehicle industry and are proud to announce the delivery of our 2,000th electric vehicle, we now believe we have the largest plug in fleet of its kind in the country – making up around seven per cent of the UK’s total.
London Ambulance Service has this week unveiled a brand new fleet of ambulances to help improve patient care and experience across the capital.
The UK government-backed Energy Saving Trust is working with IFC Fleet Services Group to offer green fleet consultancy services to SME and public sector fleets in England with vehicles under 3.5 tonnes.
When Phoenix Community Housing was preparing to launch a new in-house repairs service they set out some key priorities:
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has said today that it wants volumetric concrete mixers incorporated into the same regulatory framework as HGVs, adding that all vehicles operating on public roads should be subject to the same regulations.
Transport News Brief recently visited Continental to find out about future technologies being developed to help drivers and operators.
Electric vans such as Nissan’s e-NV200 and plug-in hybrids such as Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV 4Work represent the future, according to Dr Bernd Mahr, head of the hybrid electric vehicle business unit, powertrain division at Continental.
“If we rely purely on combustion engines then it will become increasingly difficult to comply with ever-stricter rules that are in force around the world,” he says.
“By 2020 they will demand reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions ranging from 20-35%.”
Continental is developing the technology needed to cater for this requirement, with many innovations highlighted at the recent Continental TechShow 2015 at the company’s proving ground near Hanover in Germany.
Winners of the FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2015 sponsored by Leaseplan competition have been announced today – revealing Dave Lucas from London Borough of Redbridge as the overall champion. The 17 contestants demonstrated outstanding professionalism, knowledge and excellent driving skills throughout the day.
Each van driver was tested during the event which comprised five separate tasks designed to evaluate the overall ability of each person behind the wheel. The Van Excellence Driver of the Year competition examined driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, the drivers’ risk awareness, legislative knowledge and the ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle. The drivers were individually scored on each task and element of the competition, ranked on their performance, and the overall winner was announced based on their scores.
And the winners are:
1st Dave Lucas, London Borough of Redbridge
2nd Ian Booth, Balfour Beatty
3rd Glen Quinn, Iron Mountain
The FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2015 was open to Van Excellence accredited operators, who had been invited to enter their best driver.
Mark Cartwight, FTA’s Head of Vans said:
“The standard of entries to the FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2015 was outstanding. Many congratulations must go to every single person who took part – they all demonstrated expertise, knowledge, experience and professionalism in every aspect of the competition. The image of the ‘white van man’ is much maligned, and this event offers drivers the opportunity to highlight the fantastic work they do, and illustrates the professional manner in which they carry out their work - playing a vital role within the UK logistics sector on a daily basis.”
The 2015 Driver of the Year sponsored by Leaseplan, was held at Mercedes-Benz, Wentworth Park, Barnsley, and was supported by the Van Excellence Industry Partners ATS Euromaster, Bott Ltd, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and TomTom Telematics.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has opened order books for all panel van and passenger carrying versions of the new Transporter, its biggest selling UK model, ahead of first deliveries in September.
Prices have been announced for both the new Transporter shuttle and Caravelle models, which come to market with Euro-6 engines, along with new assistance and safety systems. Prices for the new Transporter shuttle start from £23,440 and for Caravelle from £30,165 (excluding VAT and other OTR charges).
Also joining the range and available to order now are the latest generation of Transporter window van, as well as ‘Zugkopf’, which can be used as the basis of numerous conversions. Window van models are available from £19,550 (basic price excluding VAT) and Zugkopf versions from £17,800 (basic price excluding VAT).
In keeping with Transporter tradition, the sixth-generation Transporter offers a range of body options, with short and long wheelbase options available on both Transporter shuttle and Caravelle and three roof heights also available on the panel van.
The models’ new Euro-6 engines come with Volkswagen’s BlueMotion Technology modifications, which include low rolling resistance tyres, battery regeneration and Stop/Start systems. As a result Volkswagen says the new models are up to 20 per cent cleaner and more efficient. The 2.0-litre 150 PS Euro-6 engine, for example, has a combined fuel consumption of 47.1 mpg with CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.
All 84 PS and 102 PS engines are fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with 150 PS and 204 PS units equipped with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed DSG automatic.
Each of the New Daily 70C17 vans – the International Van of the Year 2015 – meet the latest Euro-6 emissions legislation. They have also been fitted with Bri-Stor modular racking and Gardner Denver hydraulic and pneumatic onboard power systems, which operate from a power take-off (PTO) installed on the factory line. The hydraulic and pneumatic equipment enables each vehicle to operate as a self-sufficient mobile workshop to support the installation and maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure networks nationwide.
Rob Pope, Head of Engineering at BT Fleet, explains, “The New Daily vans enable us to enhance our fleet. They can carry the same equipment and tooling as the trucks they have replaced and can do 98% of the same work, whilst offering a flexible operational package.
“Iveco offered the largest capacity panel van on the market, and we had full confidence in the New Daily to perform over a long service life. A smaller 5.5-tonne competitor model would have been too close to the wire on payload capacity, whereas the New Daily has enough capacity for our crews to carry an additional one tonne of materials to site.”
Each of the New Dailys is built on a 4,100 mm wheelbase and offers an 18m³ loadspace. With an internal height of 2,100 mm, even tall users can stand upright inside. A towbar has also been installed to allow the vehicles to tow a skeletal cable drum trailer. The vans are powered by a 3.0 litre heavy-duty diesel engine which is capable of producing up to 170 hp between 3,000 and 3,500 rpm, and up to 400 Nm of torque between 1,250 and 3,000 rpm.
The scheme will require almost all HGVs operating in the city to be fitted with additional mirrors and sideguards – but the new regulations are exceptionally precise and FTA says expert help might be needed to get it right.
FTA’s Head of Engineering, Andy Mair said: “Dimension and installation requirements are extremely complex and operators who have to retro-fit their trucks to comply with the scheme need to be confident that sideguards have been put on correctly.”
“As these vehicles are exempt from existing construction regulations, they will not be checked as part of the annual testing examination and operators may only realise that they have incorrectly installed sideguards following enforcement action and fines under the new Safer Lorry Scheme.”