Air quality

Nikola One makes electrifying debut

December 30, 2016 Colin Barnett

A recent event in the US may well prove to be a significant landmark in the road transport history, but it may equally turn out to be another of the many dead ends that lead from the highway to technological Nirvana. […]

Urban Distribution

Test driving the UK’s first range-extended series-hybrid truck from Tevva

July 8, 2016 Colin Barnett

Freight in the City’s sister publication Commercial Motor took a JAC 7.5-tonner for a spin to see how it performed in an urban operation. Group technical editor Colin Barnett reports. The current fashion for electrically powered trucks has invariably been accompanied by high-profile launches and promises that each new contender is THE answer. However, some have now been around long enough for the gloss to become dulled. Only a few weeks ago, we stumbled across a sound looking Modec abandoned […]

Cycle safety

Travis Perkins Group to display latest safety truck at Freight in the City Spring Summit

February 12, 2016 Colin Barnett

Travis Perkins Group will be supporting Freight in the City Spring Summit next month in Manchester by bringing along its latest safety truck to show visitors. The builders’ merchant group, itself a Fors gold member and Clocs champion, has recently demonstrated its commitment to safer haulage with the purchase of four 6×2 Mercedes-Benz Econics. While the low-entry, improved visibility Econics have already been used for tipper and municipal operations, the Travis Perkins trucks are the first to be used for […]

Alternative fuels

Fuelling the future; what the trucks of tomorrow will run on (part 2).

December 27, 2015 Colin Barnett

Commercial Motor takes a look at what we can expect to see fuelling the trucks of the future and how the industry is making preparations (part two of two). Hybrid methods Most hybrid applications, though, use diesel/electric technology in one form or another. There are two basic hybrid concepts, series or parallel. In the latter, the diesel engine provides the primary tractive energy, with stored electricity being blended into the driveline. This can happen either in situations where trucks are […]