Alternative fuels

UK firm Charge gets investment boost from venture capitalist to develop range-extended electric powertrain technology

September 29, 2015 Laura Cullum

A new UK company that is designing range-extended electric powertrains for commercial vehicles has received investment from venture capitalist firm Kinetik. Charge, based in Enstone, Oxfordshire, is developing a range-extended electric powertrain suitable for trucks and buses from 2.5 tonnes up to 26 tonnes, which is expected to cost operators the same price as a conventional carbon fuel option (excluding the battery). The first prototype – a truck application – is shortly to begin track testing. Charge is using a […]

Driver training

Van driver safety the focus of new field service conference

September 22, 2015 Laura Cullum

Van driver safety is to be the focus of a new conference organised by Microlise on 4 November at the MIRA Proving Ground in Warwickshire. Aimed at field service and van fleet managers, it will enable delegates to learn about new technologies, as well as techniques to improve road safety and reduce the environmental impact and operating costs of their fleets. An opportunity to take to the MIRA City Course in an LCV (light commercial vehicle) with the latest telematics […]

Carbon emissions

SGN targets fuel wastage by transforming driver behaviour

August 28, 2015 Laura Cullum

Gas Distribution company SGN is implementing a driver performance improvement programme across its vehicle fleet following a trial that saw it reduce the volume of fuel wasted through idling by almost 68%. “The company was wasting 13,000 litres a month through vehicle idling alone, but now we are able to provide drivers and managers with visibility around problem trends and the reasons why they occur,” said Chris Stone, head of finance at SGN. The company will be using TomTom Telematic’s […]