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FREVUE wants to work with large electric HGV manufacturers for urban delivery project

November 19, 2015 Hayley Pink

A European project exploring the viability of electric vehicles for urban freight deliveries is calling on the manufacturers of electric HGVs of 7.5-tonnes and over to take part in the scheme. The Freight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe (FREVUE) project wants to make sure its research is representative of a wide range of vehicles used for city logistics, from car-derived vans through to 18-tonne goods trucks. It currently has 55 electric freight vehicles procured and operational across the partnership, 17 […]

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BP Fuel Card users can now offset their fleet emissions

October 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

BP Fuel Card customers can now automatically offset all or part of their fleet emissions in a new partnership with BP Target Neutral – a not-for-profit carbon reduction and offset team. The new fuel card feature enables fleet managers to compensate for every tonne of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) their fleet produces by contributing to carbon mitigation projects throughout the world via the purchase of carbon credits. Drivers use their existing BP Fuel Card as normal and a set Target […]

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ECO Stars joins forces with Route Monkey to boost operators’ fleet efficiency

October 28, 2015 Hayley Pink

ECO Stars Fleet Recognition Scheme is partnering with Route Monkey to help freight operators make their fleet operations more efficient and environmentally friendly. Members of ECO Stars – a voluntary scheme that provides guidance and recognition for operators striving to the reduce fuel consumption and harmful emissions from their fleet vehicles – will now be able to access Route Monkey’s optimisation software, which the company said can shave up to 20% off fleet running costs. Ann Beddoes of Barnsley Metropolitan […]

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Transport for London launches inaugural Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace

October 27, 2015 Hayley Pink

“We must remember that freight and logistics is the lifeblood of this country”, said TfL MD of surface transport Leon Daniels launching the inaugural Freight in the City Expo this week (27 October) at London’s Alexandra Palace. Hundreds of visitors flocked to the iconic London venue to learn more about the industry’s drive towards making urban freight deliveries cleaner, safer, quieter and more efficient. “We are delighted to be here demonstrating that we are part of the support that the […]

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LowCVP calls on freight sector and local authorities to help build market for cleaner HGV technology

October 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) is calling on fleet operators, local authorities and businesses to join forces in building the market for HGVs that cut carbon, reduce emissions and lower fuel costs. In earlier research, the LowCVP identified three main opportunities for cutting emissions from HGVs, which pointed to the need for action: independent testing to validate the effectiveness of retrofit technology; conversion to the use of natural gas/biomethane; and supporting the uptake of hybrid and pure electric vehicles, particularly […]

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Outspoken Delivery wins government funding to launch electric-assist cargo bike hire service

October 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Outspoken Delivery is to hire out electric-assist cargo bikes in Norwich and Cambridge following a government initiative to boost the uptake of electric bikes in the UK. The cycle logistics firm’s fleet of electric cargo bikes will be available for use by local businesses and individuals outside of its peak operational times. Typically this would be late afternoon, evenings and weekends. Rob King, director of Cambridge-based Outspoken, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to allow members of the public to […]

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Quicksilver-AFI seeks to lower HGV NOx emissions and reduce diesel costs on urban routes

October 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Mercury Fuel Systems will be heading to Freight in the City Expo to speak with operators about reducing harmful emissions and lowering fuel costs from blending liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) into their existing diesel HGVs. The company’s Quicksilver-AFI fully sequential LPG injection system is designed for use in the majority of HGV diesel engines up to and including Euro-6 specification. On urban operations, Mercury said the LPG/diesel blend system can reduce NOx emissions by up to 34% and fuel costs […]

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Find out if zero-emission hydrogen vans will work in your fleet at Freight in the City Expo

October 22, 2015 Hayley Pink

Fleet managers looking to explore how zero-emission hydrogen vehicles could be effectively used in their own urban operations can find out what they need to know at next week’s Freight in the City Expo. Arcola Energy, Symbio FCell and ITM Power are working together to provide a complete package of zero-emission commercial vehicles, on-site refuelling and aftersales support for UK commercial and public sector fleets. At Freight in the City, the group will be exhibiting the Renault Kangoo ZE-H2 electric […]

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TfL urges tomorrow’s designers to create the urban safety truck of the future

October 21, 2015 Hayley Pink

Inventive young designers of tomorrow are being invited to create the next-generation of safer, urban trucks in an exciting new competition from Transport for London (TfL). The Future Truck Design Awards have been developed to explore all aspects of improving the safety and operation of trucks in towns and cities. With the population of the UK expected to rise to 81 million by 2060, making the UK one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, our towns and cities […]

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LowCVP to run test programme to benchmark emissions of gas-powered HGVs

October 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has been chosen to manage a new test programme to benchmark the latest gas trucks for emissions, including methane, CO2 and fuel consumption. Work will complement the operator on-road tests being carried out during the government’s Low Carbon Truck (LCTT), which is nearing its final phase, and will also explore the rapid emergence of gas-technology for Euro-6 HGVs. The project will accurately compare the gas vehicles (both OEM and retrofit conversions) with their direct […]