TomTom Telematics has officially added a new feature to their WEBFLEET fleet management solution. Asset Tracking gives companies visibility over the position and usage of their powered assets, such as trailers, generators and other equipment.
From a single interface, the position of both vehicles and assets are displayed on a clear map view. Users can choose to be alerted when an asset is being used, when it leaves a designated area or when any motion is detected. This helps reduce both the risk of theft and the likelihood of improper usage. Notifications can also be setup to alert the user when maintenance is required, which helps to preserve the value of the asset.
Time to act on fleet electrification – here’s how By David Bushnell, Principal Consultant, Alphabet GB
As anyone who works in or around fleet and mobility knows, we are now firmly on the Road to Zero in the UK, with increasing pressure from within and outside of our organisations to enable more electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) into fleets. Meanwhile, other demands on modern fleets – the need to optimise fleet performance, find efficiencies, manage duty of care obligations, as well as complying with changing local and national regulations or legislation – are ultimately in addition to the overriding business objective of continuing to deliver effective, sustainable operational performance.
DataVoyant™ analysis indicates that internal combustion engines (ICE) are set to dominate vehicle fleets for the foreseeable future.
Battery technologies, fuel cells, and autonomous vehicles (AVs) are set to bring unprecedented change in the mobility industry. Today, for the first time, AMPLYFI unveils a body of AI-powered research that maps out the likely timescales that could guide corporate R&D strategies for decades to come.
Business intelligence firm AMPLYFI has utilised its flagship product DataVoyant™ to harvest and analyse around 80,000 documents held across the surface and deep web to identify the key trends relating to the automotive and mobility industries, and plot out expected inflection points in the delivery of technologies that are dominating the media agenda today.
Showcasing its suite of products and world-leading AI-powered capabilities at the Frankfurt Motor Show (12th to 22nd September 2019) for the first time this year, AMPLYFI will be available alongside a number of leading UK tech and mobility companies at the Department for International Trade (DIT) pavilion.
National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has produced a new video, looking behind the scenes at a new generation of buses powered by compressed biogas.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is operating the world’s largest number of double decker buses powered by the gas, setting a blueprint for a green, cost-effective and high-performance fleet in the city.
With an individual driving range of up to 250 miles, the buses are delivering a range of economic and environmental benefits, including significant from exhaust emissions, with greatly reduced particulates and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and savings in refueling in comparison to conventional fuels.
NCT first introduced 53 biogas buses in 2017, supported by the first round of funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Vauxhall has announced a new range of BiTurbo engines for the Movano, all offering higher power, more torque and greater efficiency than ever before.
Thanks to low fuel consumption and long service intervals, the new BiTurbo engines greatly reduce the cost of ownership for businesses and fleet operators. Service internals have been extended to 40,000 kilometres or two years, while moderately priced spare parts and materials further reduce operating costs.
The new engine portfolio consists exclusively of BiTurbo diesel power units. The 2.3-litre power units range from 131 PS to 180 PS and all comply with the strict Euro 6d-TEMP (light duty) or Euro V-Id (heavy duty) emissions standards. Compared with the previous generation, the engines boast five to 10 more PS and 20 to 40 Nm higher torque. The top-of-the-line 180 PS BiTurbo develops maximum torque of 400 Nm.
In addition to front-wheel drive, Vauxhall customers can select a rear-wheel drive configuration, improving the performance of the Movano for heavy duty applications. Both configurations include six-speed manual transmission and will, in future, also benefit from automated manual transmissions. Certain versions of the Movano are optionally available with all-wheel drive.
Rear-wheel drive versions of the Movano can be ordered with an optional limited-slip differential, providing additional traction on slippery surfaces such as at building sites. If one wheel starts to spin on a slippery surface, the torque is diverted to the wheel with more grip.
Continental has once again teamed up with TV presenter and motoring expert Jonny Smith. The latest video in Continental’s advice series demonstrates why drivers should invest in premium tyre technology.
Taking to the track at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, Smith tested two identical high-performance Mercedes-Benz AMG C63s, one fitted with Continental’s premium tyres, one a set of budgets. The ultra-high performance (UHP) SportContactTM6 and budget tyres were then put through a series of challenges. The results highlighted the dramatic differences in how the tyres coped.
Plenty for police visitors - over 450 Exhibiting Companies and 90 Free CPD Seminars at The Emergency Services Show
How will the UK effectively train and equip the 20,000 new police officers Boris Johnson has pledged to recruit over the next three years? The Emergency Services Show, taking place in Hall 5 at the NEC, Birmingham on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 September, brings together that operational expertise from the leading names in first response, communications, IT, protective clothing and uniforms, body-worn video, medical supplies, drug testing, vehicles and fleet, vehicle equipment, drones, outsourcing, training, community safety and station facilities. Around the indoor and outdoor exhibition visitors will be able to see and touch the latest kit and discuss their requirements with over 450 suppliers. The free-to-attend event also offers a unique opportunity for police officers of every rank to learn and collaborate with over 80 free CPD-accredited seminars and a dedicated networking zone.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure: concerns persist over the charging infrastructure and price of electric vehicles (EVs)
Almost 2,000 locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have levels of air pollution that exceed safety limits, says Friends of the Earth*. Road traffic emissions are a leading source of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) with the pollutants worsening chronic illnesses, shortening life expectancy and potentially damaging lung development.
Verizon Connect Introduces Immobilisation for Verizon Connect Reveal Helping Improve the Security of Vehicles
Verizon Connect introduces Immobilisation for Verizon Connect Reveal, a powerful tool developed specifically for customers who want to help prevent unauthorised use of vehicles and aid in the recovery of stolen vehicles. Immobilisation for Verizon Connect Reveal works with the Verizon Connect Reveal platform and enables fleet managers to remotely disable a vehicle’s ignition once the vehicle’s engine has been shut off, effectively stopping vehicle misuse in near real time.
With only a couple of months to go before Direct Vision Standard comes into effect in Central London, Emily Hardy, a road safety expert at Brigade Electronics UK and one of the consultants on the new regulations, discusses how fleet managers can ensure they are fully prepared for the new legislation.
Plymouth City Council has announced a partnership with E-Flex, a Cisco-led vehicle-to-grid (V2G) demonstration project, to trial using V2G with its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). By 2030, Plymouth City Council has set the goal of being carbon neutral, so using V2G technology to make EVs more practical and commercially viable is part of a broader local strategy.
Today, the council’s own fleet has six EVs available for day-to-day employee business travel around the city. The trial will see the council’s existing fleet of Nissan Leafs equipped with bidirectional chargers, enabling them to take electricity from the grid and release it back when the vehicle is not in use.
As well as being commercially beneficial, V2G will alleviate pressure at times of peak usage on the local grid and prepare the existing charging infrastructure for an increase in the number of electric vehicles. This allows vehicles to charge at times of lower demand when energy is cheaper and release it back at times of higher demand when it is more expensive.
“Plymouth is a particularly strained part of the grid, with Cornwall generating a lot of renewable energy but delivering this further up the country at times of high demand”, said Dan Turner, Low Carbon City Officer, Plymouth City Council. “For businesses to grow, we need to find new ways to support their energy consumption whilst reducing connection costs across the city, so the V2G concept appeals to us from a grid management perspective as well as a commercial one.”
The council will be trialling V2G with long and short term goals in mind. In the near future, it hopes to use V2G as a means of managing energy costs more effectively to free up investment for other local challenges. It also aims to improve the local services available to EV users, increasing the number of charging ports across Plymouth.
Plymouth City Council continues to drive community engagement and awareness on environmental topics, with solar energy and continued support for EVs. Long term, the council hopes to drive external investment from sustainable businesses by demonstrating Plymouth’s low-carbon agenda. In turn, the city plans to increase engagement in the education sector, driving collaboration between Plymouth University and private businesses to create a hub for future innovation in this space.
“As we are seeing in the private sector, now more than ever before, it’s crucial for towns and cities to align their future goals with sustainable industry and a plan to reduce carbon emissions,” said Maria Hernandez, Head of Innovation, Cisco UK & Ireland. “With the potential to transform the way urban areas consume energy, V2G technology is a win-win for council fleets, business fleets and public sector services alike.”
E-Flex aims to 200 electric vehicles in a real-world V2G testing environment. If you are a fleet owner and would like to sign up to this trial, sign up here.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) homes in on fleet management with Chevin software
Chevin Fleet Solutions, a leading global provider of fleet management software, has begun implementing its FleetWave software at the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST).
On hand to support 1,100 trust vehicles and 16,000 associated assets – from ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART) and first response vehicles to stretchers, defibrillators and first-aid kits – FleetWave will be used to optimise numerous workflow functions, track vehicle usage and prioritise compliance.
Zenzic has today launched the world’s first self-driving roadmap, the UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030, to clearly show the connections, cross-sector interdependencies and collaboration required to get self-driving vehicles on Britain’s roads in significant numbers by 2030.
Freight and logistics are set to benefit from significant societal and economic advantages from connected and self-driving technology. By 2025, the Roadmap predicts the first commercial freight platoons will begin to appear on UK highways, if widespread adoption isn’t hindered by legacy fleets without the necessary technology. The roadmap recommends government and industry seek to invest in logistics test facility capabilities in 2019, to further catalyse the development of interfaces between depots and vehicles, orchestration technologies and business models for first and last mile.
Zenzic was set up by government and industry to coordinate a national platform for testing and developing connected and self-driving vehicles in the UK, and channels £200 million in investment into the British self-driving ecosystem.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) today introduced a new line of range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs) to its fleets serving Birmingham and Southampton, UK, to overcome the range limitations of pure electric vehicles within the logistics industry.
“This is a big breakthrough for our continued use of electric vehicles in the UK – and for the communities we serve,” says Luke Wake, director of automotive engineering & advanced technology, UPS International. “The range jump from 100km to 400km is the result of UPS’s latest collaboration with TEVVA. We can serve our customers with lower emission, alternatively-fuelled vehicles in places beyond the reach of existing pure electric vehicles at this weight class. Since 2009, UPS has invested more than $1 billion in alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and fueling stations globally. But news like this really brings home the evolution of our rolling laboratory – you can now actually see progress like this out on the roads in and out of Birmingham and Southampton.”
Coach & Bus UK just got even more unmissable, following the latest announcement that Martin Griffiths, CEO of Stagecoach Group, and Gareth Powell, MD of Surface Transport at Transport for London (TfL), will host opening day Keynote sessions at their industry show (Wednesday 2 October, NEC Birmingham).
Stagecoach & autonomous buses
Mr Griffiths will be making his speaker debut talking about the (future) role of autonomous vehicles in the PCV sector. Known for his inspirational leadership and strong customer-focused approach, he’s been an integral part of the British transport giant for over 20 years (he was appointed CEO in 2013 and, prior to that, was finance director from 2000). Under his leadership, the multi-modal operator continues to spearhead ground-breaking new technologies to ‘progress and improve’ operations for their 2.5m passengers every day.
A Highways England initiative to improve road safety on the M1 helped to reduce collisions by almost a third.
In May this year, three HGV supercabs spent a week on the motorway to capture dangerous driving. They were used by six police forces.
What impact did the initiative have?
Highways England found that during the initiative, incidents fell from 90 during the previous week to 64 during the week of action.
So the week of action helped reduce collisions by almost a third.
The new Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 is now on sale in the UK, setting new segment standards for style, refinement, safety, efficiency and all-round capability. With more than 4.7 million units built since its debut in 1978, the sixth generation L200 builds on Mitsubishi Motors’ 40-year history of building tough and dependable pickups.
EV charging stations surpass number of fuel stations in less than 100 years since UK's first petrol pump was installed
There are now almost 1,000 more public places to charge electric cars than there are forecourts to pump petrol in the UK – 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations.1
The crossover happened more than a year before Nissan’s 2016 prediction of August 2020 – a result of the accelerating adoption of EVs (electric vehicles) amongst UK motorists.
In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire2 – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.