Air quality

Commercial Group’s hydrogen-powered vans show how operators can help improve air quality

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Commercial Group  demonstrated to delegates at the FTA Managing Freight in London conference that the successful introduction of hydrogen-powered vans onto its fleet is a good example of how operators can lead the way in reducing emissions. “We’re an operator of vans across the UK, with a significant number in London, and we believe that the impact of emissions on air quality is very important. As an operator we can be part of the solution, as much as we have […]

Air quality

Transport for London aiming to expand rapid charging infrastructure across capital

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking companies to develop future charging infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles, including rapid charging technology for commercial vehicle fleets. The announcement forms part of the mayor’s strategy to improve air quality in the capital, which will see the introduction of the world’s first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in 2020. Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD for Surface Transport, said it was important to ensure the right infrastructure was in place to support the ULEZ […]

Air quality

London to launch a low-emission commercial vehicle strategy

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is poised to launch a low-emission commercial vehicle programme to help stimulate the market for low, ultra low or zero-emission vans and lorries. Split into three distinct work streams, the project will first concentrate on increasing the availability and affordability of viable low-emission commercial vehicles and retrofit technology. The next stage will see TfL looking to establish an alternative fuel and supply chain infrastructure to support an increase in low-emission trucks and vans. Finally, the project […]

Air quality

BVRLA welcomes more accurate emissions testing on vans

May 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

An EC proposal for ‘real world’ air pollution tests for vans and cars was agreed last week by member states to provide a more accurate procedure for measuring vehicle emissions. New proposals will require vehicles to be tested on the road and in traffic, rather than in laboratory-like conditions as is currently the case, which should provide more precise NOx emissions data for diesel light-duty vehicles under Euro-6 air quality standards. EC and member states need to agree the limits […]

Air quality

Van carbon emissions decline ahead of EU targets

May 28, 2015 Hayley Pink

CO2 emissions from vans are continuing to decline ahead of EU targets, according to latest figures released by the European Environment Agency. Around 1.4 million new vans were registered in the EU last year, with average emissions of 169.2g of CO2/km. This represents a 2.4% drop on 2013’s emissions and is significantly below the EU’s target for 2017 of 175g CO2/km. The light commercial vehicle market is growing significantly each year, with registrations up by 18% last year across Europe, […]

Air quality

Freight in the City Expo promises to solve sustainable urban freight challenges

May 27, 2015 Laura Hailstone

Following the success of last year’s Quiet Cities Global Summit, Motor Transport publisher Road Transport Media is holding a one-day urban logistics event aimed at all stakeholders interested in enabling quiet, clean and safe deliveries. The one-day Freight in the City Expo will combine seminars, an exhibition and guided tours all aimed at ensuring visitors have a comprehensive understanding of the issues around urban logistics. “There are many challenges associated with delivering goods and services in the cities, with new […]

Air quality

Government urged to promote air quality benefits of LPG vehicles

May 18, 2015 Hayley Pink

The UK’s liquefied petroleum gas trade association (UKLPG) is urging the incoming air quality minister to support the significant role that automotive LPG could play in reducing harmful emissions from the transport sector. A Supreme Court ruling last month said the government must produce a new air quality plan by the end of 2015, following the UK’s failure to meet EU nitrogen dioxide reduction targets in several major cities, with a new air quality minister to be appointed later this […]

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Alternative fuels

Retiming deliveries is key to keeping pace with London’s growth

April 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

Retiming deliveries outside of peak hours to cope with a “rapidly changing London” was tackled at a TfL conference this morning held in the capital. Operators, businesses and local authorities were brought together to discuss the practicalities of shifting deliveries outside of the peak hours of 0700-13.00 to cope with London’s burgeoning construction boom and TfL’s £4bn road modernisation scheme works taking place. TfL said that while not all businesses are able to retime, other options, such as rerouting or […]

Alternative fuels

Econic to be offered with 8-speed PowerShift for wider urban role

April 21, 2015 David Wilcox

Mercedes-Benz said its Econic municipal chassis is soon to be offered with an 8-speed PowerShift automated gearbox as an alternative to the current 6-speed Allison automatic box. This will provide further scope for the Econic to be used in a wider urban role – such as distribution, tipper and mixer duties and as a skip-handler – in addition to its primarily intended purpose as a refuse collection vehicle (RCV). Its low driving position and large glazed areas meet the demand […]