Carbon emissions

Transdek to showcase its latest urban double-deck trailer for Eddie Stobart at Freight in the City

September 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transdek UK is exhibiting its latest urban double deck trailer for Eddie Stobart at the Freight in the City Expo next month at London’s Alexandra Palace. The company said the trailer can carry 100% more load than conventional forms of urban freight transport and offers the capability to cut delivery frequencies in half, reducing congestion, noise and pollution. Freight in the City is a free-to-attend one-day expo that will bring together local authorities, suppliers and freight transport operators to explore […]


Transport for London explores options to boost road capacity through more strategic freight journeys

September 16, 2015 Ashleigh Wight

Transport for London (TfL) hopes to increase capacity on London’s road network by encouraging the use of freight consolidation centres and urging the retiming of deliveries to commercial and domestic premises. Paul Strang, TfL’s senior strategy and planning manager (freight and fleet), told delegates at this week’s Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum UK freight policy seminar that TfL is looking at ways of reducing the freight sector’s demand for the road network as the city’s population grows. Strang said […]


Low-carbon champions recognised for their achievements in vehicle design and operations

September 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

Pioneers in the design, engineering and operation of low-carbon vehicles were recognised at the annual Low Carbon Champions Awards last week at Milton Keynes. TV personality, writer and blogger Robert Llewellyn – who starred in Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge – was Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, at a networking dinner attended by more than 380 industry representatives and low-carbon transport stakeholders. Winning the event’s top accolade, the ‘Grand Prix’ […]

Air quality

Cleaner freight to play its part in delivering government’s air quality strategy

September 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

Cleaner freight deliveries will play an important role in helping the government achieve the aims set out in its draft national air quality strategy launched this week. A series of national and local measures have been combined to create a UK action plan to bring levels of nitrogen dioxide within EU legal limits by 2020, or by 2025 in Greater London. Road transport remains the dominant source of pollution in areas where the UK is exceeding European legal NO2 limits, […]

Alternative fuels

UPS to trial range-extended electric vehicle on London operation

September 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology allows electric vehicles to go further, serving routes that would otherwise be beyond the capability of a conventional electric vehicle. Since June 2014, UPS has worked with TEVVA Motors to develop a prototype, as part of the global courier’s focus on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. A small, highly-efficient diesel engine acts as a generator to […]

Air quality

Two days to go until the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2015

September 7, 2015 Laura Hailstone

In under 48 hours time the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event 2015 will welcome over 2,500 visitors to Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire for the annual two-day exhibition, seminar and ride & drive experience. Last year’s event set a new record attendance with 2,451 visitors, and this year Cenex is anticipating beating this record. Taking place on 9 and 10 September 2015, the event attracts a range of delegates from the automotive and energy & infrastructure sectors, government & […]

Alternative fuels

Commercially-viable exhaust heat recovery system for trucks under development

September 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

The University of Brighton and engineering company Libertine are developing a commercially-viable exhaust heat recovery system for HGVs. Part-funded by the government through Innovate UK, the heat recovery project uses a pair of Libertine’s linear free-piston expanders to convert waste exhaust heat into electrical power. Dr Rob Morgan (pictured), project lead and reader in the university’s School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics, said: “The free-piston system offers efficiency and cost benefits over conventional turbine and screw expanders, thereby increasing market […]

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 […]

Air quality

Registration now live for free-of-charge Freight in the City Expo in October

August 27, 2015 Hayley Pink

Registration is now live for this autumn’s free-to-attend Freight in the City Expo at London’s Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 27 October. The event comprises a full seminar programme split into three core zones – Clean; Safe; and Quiet & Efficient – as well as a major exhibition area complete with guided tours. A top line-up of vehicle manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz / FUSO Canter, Daf, Volvo, Isuzu, Iveco and Dennis Eagle will be showcasing their latest urban vehicle designs, while technology and […]


Major cities must help freight industry adopt retimed deliveries as congestion levels soar

August 25, 2015 Hayley Pink

Major cities must take the lead in helping freight operators adopt retimed deliveries as congestion levels continue to surge. Following data announced yesterday by INRIX that showed London topped a 25-strong European poll of the most gridlocked cities, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said it was essential for regional cities to ensure freight was able to flow freely. Malcom Bingham, head of policy, strategic road network, said congestion was a significant and costly issue for the freight sector, particularly in […]