The ‘Silent Power’ project is the first UK low-carbon innovation trial to provide a sustainable solution to restoring power supplies
Northern Powergrid (NPG) has partnered with Off Grid Energy to run a trial that could revolutionise temporary power restoration in the UK. Midlands-based Off Grid Energy is a UK manufacturer of alternative power solutions that pioneers energy storage technology in power generation systems for construction, events, and utilities.
As part of Vauxhall’s ongoing commitment to reduce CO2 emissions, the manufacturer has revealed information on the impressive, energy-saving LED headlight technology available in its new Astra and all-new Corsa models.
With the new and efficient LED lighting available on both models, each headlight consumes only 13 Watt. This equates to an energy saving of 81 per cent compared with halogen, which consume up to 70 Watt per headlight.
Citroën UK is proud to have supplied CEF with a fleet of Relay panel vans. The 42 new Citroën Relay vans will make deliveries to over 50,000 CEF customers – as well as deliveries for CEF’s online business – involving both urban and long-distance logistics. Established in 1951, privately owned CEF has operations around the world, with the new fleet of Relay vans supplied to support its UK network.
CEF chose the Relay L3H2 Enterprise, which provides over 1.9m of standing headroom inside the vehicle, making it easier for CEF’s drivers to work inside the van. The low floor height was also an attraction for CEF, providing easy access from outside the vehicle. All models are 3,500kg gross vehicle weight Relay 35 models powered by the Citroën brand’s BlueHDi 130 engine* with six-speed manual transmission. These models can carry a substantial payload of up to 1,485kg*.
Morris Commercial, a UK-based automotive engineering and manufacturing start-up, is delighted to announce that it will soon be unveiling its stunning new electric light commercial vehicle, the Morris JE.
Boasting a state-of-the-art, full electric, lithium-ion battery powertrain, the new Morris JE is designed as a premium product with sensational styling, excellent functionality and a practical driving range for business and pleasure. The vehicle benefits from a lightweight, modular chassis, making it highly adaptable for future derivatives. The combination of advanced lightweight chassis with a complete carbon fibre body makes the Morris JE one of the lightest LCVs in the marketplace. The result is an outstanding power-to-weight efficiency which fully maximises the range of the vehicle.
ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist says the current eyesight test for drivers is long out of date and not fit for purpose. GEM is calling for a detailed check of every driver’s visual acuity and field of view every 10 years.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth renewed the organisation’s call for the government to update driver vision laws to ensure that a detailed eye examination formed part of the driver photocard licence renewal process, every 10 years.
“If you can’t see properly, you shouldn’t be driving,” he said. “Poor eyesight is linked to more than 3,000 fatal and serious injury collisions every year. We are worried that there are just too many people driving whose eyesight has deteriorated to an unacceptable level.
“We believe it is entirely practical and sensible to require a test of visual acuity and field of view every 10 years, something that would fit in with licence renewal. Tests of this kind would not only make our roads safer, saving lives, disability and many millions of pounds through the reduction in the number of crashes, but they would also play a vital role valuable tool in the early diagnosis of many other costly medical conditions, irrespective of driving.
Three innovative UK-based zero carbon automotive projects have secured important Government funding via the Advanced Propulsion Centre.
The combined award of £25.4m, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered by Innovate UK, will support the development of three projects. The total value of the funding will be at least £50m given industry contributions for the following projects:
- Hydrogen fuel cells for buses and large vehicles
- An electric bus drivetrain that integrates heating, cooling and ventilation to reduce energy consumption
- A lightweight electric drive unit for a variety of new vehicles that offers increased range, power and torque.
Thatcham Research is offering 12 guidelines designed to minimise bumps in the road on the journey towards fully Automated Driving. Developed with the ABI, the guidelines come as Thatcham Research works with International Regulators on new rules allowing Automated Driving Systems onto Motorways.
The transition from Assisted to Automated Driving, where sensors and systems play an increasing role in evolving what we think of today as the act of driving, is an area of potential risk Thatcham Research has highlighted previously.
With the continuous development of autonomous driving technology, the concept of the vehicle is changing. Where cars were once simply a means of transportation, they will ultimately become personal living spaces, customised to meet the customer’s needs and individualised to fulfil our desires.
Though still in its early stages, self-driving technology is becoming increasingly common, and could radically transform the way we get from A to B. Autonomous driving will transform the look and feel of our vehicles and make journey far more convenient.
Vauxhall’s Combo Cargo was named Small Van of the Year at last night’s 2019 Commercial Fleet Awards, fending off strong competition in its category. Scooping up yet another award win, the popular model continues to attract widespread praise across the industry.
The Commercial Fleet Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions of outstanding individuals, companies and manufacturers within the commercial fleet Industry. The Combo Cargo was acclaimed by a carefully-selected judging panel, comprising members of commercial fleet’s editorial team, in addition to fleet managers and representatives of the industry’s most important business. Vauxhall was also a finalist in the Van Manufacturer of the Year category.
Nissan is today marking the start of production of the new Juke at its Sunderland plant, following a £100 million investment.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the new Juke has been developed specifically for European markets, with Sunderland the only production location for this second-generation compact crossover.
Its launch comes almost 10 years after the original Juke’s daring styling broke the mold in the B-segment, and Nissan has raised the bar again, bringing new levels of technology and connectivity to the compact crossover category.
Developed by Nissan’s European design and R&D teams in Paddington, London, and Cranfield, Bedfordshire, 70% of Juke production will be for the EU markets, with two thirds of its suppliers based in the EU.
The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has added 12 new Kodiaqs to its emergency service fleet. The SUVs will be in use 24/7 by its clinical care management team, who are responsible for more than 2.71 million people across the region.
The clinical care team’s role is to co-ordinate with operational commanders to deliver an effective, immediate response when arriving at a major incident.
Complacency about the dangers of ‘silent’ electric vehicles already on UK roads will cost lives, road safety charity RoadPeace has warned.
Chief Executive Nick Simmons is urging owners of all existing electric and hybrid vehicles – especially delivery fleets – to seriously consider fitting safety equipment.
From last month (September 2019) all new models of EVs must have Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS) and by September 2021 so will all new electric and hybrid vehicles.
Peugeot has extended the range of all-new Partner, hailed as International Van of the Year 2019, to include a Crew Van model, based on the Long Professional version. The all-new Partner Crew Van will add a second row of three seats, cleverly integrated with a sliding and folding mesh bulkhead to offer a vehicle that has a flexible space for up to five people or additional load capacity.
The all-new Partner Crew Van offers a conventional van load area with the rear seats folded down providing a load space of up to 3.5m3 and a maximum load floor length of 2,000mm. This can be extended further to 3,050mm by folding the front passenger seat down to form an extension of the load floor and using the through-loading hatch in the mesh bulkhead for longer items. This increases the overall loadspace size to 4.0m3.
The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -23.5% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 41,216 LCVs were registered in the month, down some 12,632 units on September 2018, as regulatory changes, coupled with economic and political uncertainty, impacted the market.
On Monday 30 September 2019 environmental services provider, Urbaser Ltd, became responsible for Waltham Forest’s refuse and recycling collections, following the award of a new eight-year contract earlier this year for the provision of neighbourhood services by Waltham Forest Council.
Urbaser has been working with the borough since 2013 carrying out street cleansing and grounds maintenance services. The company was awarded the new contract due to the high quality and competitive cost of their bid, which means the regular and reliable waste collections residents expect will be safeguarded for the eight-year period the contract covers.
Pictured: Jarlath Griffin, Director of Neighbourhoods at Waltham Forest Council; Javier Peiro, Urbaser; Martin Esom, Chief Executive at Waltham Forest Council; Michele Moloney, Strategic Director at Waltham Forest Council; Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Council; Jose Ramon Sanchez, Urbaser; Chris Minnis, Urbaser, standing in front of a digital screen to be installed on some of the new vehicles, to convey recycling and important council messages to the public.