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Heineken Netherlands finding success with large electric HGVs for city centre distrubution in Rotterdam and Amsterdam

August 24, 2015 Hayley Pink

Heineken Netherlands is stepping up its plans for a fully electric secondary distribution fleet of HGVs by 2020 across major cities in the Randstad region (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht). The brewery rolled out its first electric truck in October 2013 – a 19-tonne converted Volvo. This was followed last year by the introduction of a 12-tonne electric lorry in Amsterdam (pictured), built from scratch by truck-builder Ginaf on a Mercedes-Benz chassis. Following encouraging early results from the two […]

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Scottish interest-free loans of up to £100k available for businesses to invest in electric vans

August 20, 2015 Hayley Pink

Scottish businesses exploring the use of electric vans can now apply for an interest-free loan of up to £100,000 from the Energy Saving Trust. A funding pot of £2.5m has been made available by the Scottish government agency Transport Scotland to encourage the uptake of new electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The new loans can cover 100% of the purchase price, which can be repaid over a period of up to six years. They will complement the existing Plug-in Vehicle […]

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Sign up online today for Freight in the City expo news

August 18, 2015 Hayley Pink

Make sure you sign-up today to receive the latest news and information about the inaugural Freight in the City expo this autumn. Online expressions of interest are flooding in daily from representatives at local authorities, freight operators, retailers and academic institutions looking to attend the one-day exhibition and seminar programme at London’s Alexandra Palace on 27 October. A top line-up of vehicle manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Daf, Volvo, Isuzu, Iveco and Dennis Eagle will be showcasing their latest urban vehicle designs, while […]

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Local authorities’ collaboration with freight partnership promotes sustainable urban deliveries in the North East

August 17, 2015 Hayley Pink

Interview: Freight in the City met with the North East Freight Partnership to find out how its role is helping its regional cities adopt more sustainable working practices for the essential movement of goods. The North East Freight Partnership works with local government, businesses and operators to encourage sustainable movement of goods throughout the region. Now in its 11th year, the partnership represents freight interests across seven local authorities: Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. FreightintheCity […]

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HGVs and vans could benefit from on-road electric charging infrastructure

August 13, 2015 Hayley Pink

Early adoption of wireless electric vehicle recharging within the freight sector is a key ingredient to the future roll-out of ‘charge-as-you-drive’ technology, according to a Highways England report. The recommendation was made in a feasibility study carried out by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) into the introduction of dynamic wireless power transfer (DWPT) technology on the strategic road network (SRN). DWPT will enable long-distance travel for electric vehicles without the need to stop and boost batteries by using underground charging […]

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All-electric Nissan e-NV200 put to work on Solihull Council’s community project fleet

August 13, 2015 Hayley Pink

An all-electric Nissan e-NV200 is joining the fleet of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The zero-emission van will be used by the local authority’s neighbourhood services team on a wide range of community-focused projects. It’s one of the first 100% electric vehicles on the council’s 69-strong fleet, which includes everything from small city cars to minibuses and an 18-tonne tanker. Team members used to operate a standard diesel Vauxhall panel van, but needed a second row of seats to accommodate apprentices […]

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University of Nottingham adds nine electric Renault Kangoos to fleet

August 13, 2015 Hayley Pink

The University of Nottingham has added nine electric Renault Kangoo vans to its fleet as part of its sustainability strategy. They will account for around 15% of the fleet vehicles used by the university’s estates and catering teams every day. Nottingham said the new zero-CO2-emission vans will improve air quality, reduce noise pollution through their quiet running, and lower operating costs, as they cost around 3p per mile in electricity. Their ongoing operational performance would be monitored by university academics. […]

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Scottish courier finds mid-sized electric vans a good fit for multi-drop, city centre routes

August 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

Courier and express delivery firm SGM Distribution is making significant emissions and fuel cost savings through the operation of two electric vans on multi-drop work in Aberdeen city centre. The Forfar, Angus-based operator trialled a Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL supplied by its local dealer around 18 months ago for a two-week period. Following a successful operation during this period and further research into the technology, the company is now the first Scottish firm to to bring two mid-sized long wheelbase E-CELLs […]

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Clean Air Better Business helps organisations slash emissions and save costs through freight management

August 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

Clean Air Better Business (CABB) has launched a practical toolkit to enable local authorities, businesses and freight operators to understand what measures they can take to reduce emissions from their freight activities in the capital. Organisations are encouraged to assess and improve their impact on London’s air quality and develop their own delivery and servicing plans, which can reduce HGV movements, realise financial savings through consolidation of orders, and enhance road safety and air quality for all city users. Access […]

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UPS urban delivery projects address congestion and air quality in cities

August 6, 2015 Hayley Pink

UPS is undertaking a series of delivery projects in major cities worldwide to tackle the congestion, air quality and logistical challenges associated with the increase of people moving to urban areas. The global parcel firm’s latest corporate sustainability report said that today, half of the world’s population resides in urban areas, but by 2050, two-thirds of all people will make cities their home. It added: “The result is overwhelming congestion, local air pollution, and demand for goods, creating logistical challenges […]