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Amazon unveils fully electric heavy goods vehicles in its UK fleet

Amazon is launching five electric Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in its delivery fleet for the first time in the UK. The 37-tonne fully-electric vehicles are now operating from Amazon’s fulfilment centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes, transporting customer packages with zero tailpipe emissions and using battery power. The five vehicles replace diesel HGVs, resulting in up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled with renewable electricity instead of diesel, preventing 170 tonnes of CO2e from being emitted. They are the first of nine electric HGVs expected

by the end of 2022, joining more than 1,000 electric delivery vans currently on the road in the UK. Amazon’s first electric HGVs in the UK and Europe mark an important milestone towards the electrification of its fleet, forming part of Shipment Zero – Amazon’s goal to deliver 50% of shipments with net-zero carbon by 2030. Heavy goods vehicles make up around 16 percent of the UK’s domestic transport emissions. Amazon’s commitment will help play a role in reducing the carbon footprint of the UK transportation sector. Using the latest innovations in battery technology, the electric

trucks will soon be using first-oftheir-kind fast 360 kW electric charging points at Amazon’s Tilbury and Milton Keynes sites. “Amazon is one of the first companies in the world to put electric heavy goods trucks on the road,” said John Boumphrey, Amazon UK Country Manager. “We’re committed to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040, and this is a milestone as we continue to decarbonise our transportation network so we can deliver more customer orders using zero emissions vehicles.” Eelco van Veen, DAF Trucks Director Fleet Sales: “We are excited to bring the DAF CF Electric HGV into Amazon’s fleet and support their commitment towards The Climate Pledge. The DAF CF Electric truck represents an important step in the industry towards zero emission middle mile distribution.” “This is further proof that the UK’s logistics sector continues to be at the forefront of efforts to electrify fleets and transition to zero emissions vehicles,” said Investment Minister Lord Grimstone. “Amazon’s introduction of its first-ever fully electric heavy goods vehicles in

their UK fleet is fantastic news not only for their customers but for our wider efforts to end our contribution to climate change and transition to cleaner modes of transport.” Amazon continues to focus on reducing carbon emissions in middle mile transportation. This includes piloting a range of alternative delivery methods in collaboration with local partners, in order to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. In 2020, Amazon ordered battery electric trucks from Lion Electric in the US and began testing hydrogenpowered trucks, while also expanding multi-modal transport to reduce the emissions from road travel. Amazon is also evolving how it delivers packages to customers’ homes, and in 2021, it delivered more than 45 million packages in the UK by more sustainable transportation methods, such as electric vans or cargo bikes. Customers will see more zero emissions vehicles hitting the roads as Amazon continues to expand its fleet. READ MORE


Medequip takes on 25 electric Mercedes eSprinters Lex Autolease has helped Medequip to reduce its vehicle emissions by replacing 25 of its petrol and diesel commercial vehicles with electric vehicles. The Mercedes eSprinter commercial vehicles have been added to Medequip’s 460-strong service and delivery fleet, following a successful trial last year. Medequip specialises in the supply of community equipment to local authorities and the NHS across the UK, delivering a wide range of apparatus and support particularly to older, disabled and vulnerable people in their own homes. Through its partnership with conversion firm Gentili, Lex Autolease’s commercial vehicle fleet engineers have identified that Medequip will benefit from £1,200 of cost savings for each commercial vehicle replaced, with important CO2 savings across the fleet

expected to exceed eight per cent. While the eSprinters will be able to complete a full day of home deliveries on a single charge, their fast charge capabilities will mean the vehicles can complete a recharge and be back out on the road again within just 60 minutes. Peter Gaunt, Fleet Manager for Medequip, said: “The introduction

of a further 25 commercial electric vehicles forms part of our clean air programme which will see Medequip invest further in EVs for use across the UK. By late spring of this year, zero emissions vehicles will make up 10% of our entire fleet. “The earlier trials demonstrated how well an electric van meets

the requirements of the business. With vehicles scheduled efficiently to cover their defined areas, they are capable of completing a day of deliveries to homes on a single charge.”



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The government has announced nearly £200 million in funding to roll out almost 1,000 zero emission buses. Twelve areas in England, from Greater Manchester to Portsmouth, will receive grants to deliver electric or hydrogen powered buses, as well as charging or fuelling infrastructure, to their region. The funding comes from the Zero Emission Buses Regional Area (ZEBRA) scheme, which was launched last year to allow local transport authorities to bid for funding to purchase zero emission buses. The £198.3 million of funding will provide 943 buses. It builds on almost £71 million announced last year to support up to 335 new zero emission buses in

five areas, and a further £50 million funding for the UK’s first All Electric Bus City, Coventry, supporting up to 300 buses. It also adds to 100 buses funded by previous funding schemes. The first orders have already been placed. Hundreds more zero emission buses have been funded in London, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The move is expected to remove over 57,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year from the country’s air, as well as 22 tonnes of nitrogen oxides on average each year, as government continues to go further and faster to achieve net zero, clean up the transport network and build back greener. It is also part of the government’s wider £3 billion National Bus Strategy to significantly improve bus services, with new priority lanes, lower and simpler fares, more integrated ticketing and higher frequencies. READ MORE

Logistics UK members push foward with net zero ambition Twelve of Logistics UK’s members have already signed up to the business group’s Route to Net Zero commitment, pledging to decarbonise their operations as quickly and as effectively as possible to help speed up the UK’s path to net zero by 2050. Membership now comprises of some of the largest names in logistics, including UPS, DHL UK, John Lewis Partnership, Wincanton and Scottish Water, as the sector unites to drive forward the decarbonisation of the UK economy. Each member is following a different path to net zero, as they employ a bespoke decarbonisation strategy that works for their individual business. Scottish Water – the first company to apply and pass the application process to become a Route to Net Zero member – has set a target to transition to its operations to net zero by 2040, ten years ahead of the UK-wide legal deadline and five years earlier than the Scottish Government’s national target of 2045. Its plans to achieve this for the road transport section of its business revolve around converting the entire fleet to alternative fuel power as swiftly and efficiently as possible. While the company recognises that the current lack of supporting infrastructure and restricted model range is a significant barrier to speeding up its decarbonisation strategy further, it does have some advice for others on their journeys. Scottish Water recommends others working within road transport to identify the ‘quick wins’: the changes that can be made easily, and the vehicles that can be transitioned now. Businesses must first consider whether this switch is viable economically; operational considerations are key too, such as whether the vehicles can be maintained locally, and the range. It is also important to start engaging with drivers early in the process too, as their enthusiasm and willingness to transition is almost as crucial as the vehicles. FURTHER INFORMATION


Hydrotreated vegetable oil powers council fleet in Leicestershire North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is now using hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) to power its bin collection and street cleaning vehicles. The council’s entire fleet of 109 vehicles will now either run on waste food oil or battery electricity by 2024. The council uses a mix of refuse collection vehicles, housing maintenance vehicles, medium sized panel vans and smaller vehicles alongside more specialist equipment, such as sweepers and mowers. It is estimated the council will achieve an estimated carbon saving of 1,221 tonnes of CO² over the vehicles’ lifetime. HVO reduces CO² emissions by up to 90% compared to diesel. The council’s waste and recycling depot in Coalville will now be the filling up point for all the authority’s

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HVO-powered vehicles. Petrol-powered cars in the fleet will be replaced with battery electric vehicles (BEVs), with charging points installed at key council locations to add to the 20 already installed in public car parks across the district. Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC said: “Removing diesel from our fleet is a great step on our Zero Carbon journey and allows us to quickly reduce our carbon footprint. “We’re investing in zero or low emission vehicles and fuel for the future to lead the way across the district. It’s great to see our changing fleet take to the roads.” READ MORE

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MAXUS is gearing up for its biggest CV Show ever with two new vehicle reveals planned, as part of the brand’s continued commitment to greener motoring, copperfastening its position in the commercial EV market. While the details are still under wraps, MAXUS has confirmed that it will showcase two new vehicles for the UK market on Tuesday 24th May at 11am and invites CV Show visitors to join the team for the big reveal. For the second consecutive year, MAXUS is going fully electric at the CV Show. The brand today confirmed that stand 5D110 will be a pure EV experience featuring 12 zero emission vehicles, including an e DELIVER 9 panel van, dropside and minibus, as well as featuring the e DELIVER 3 sports model panel van, tipper, specialist conversion van and milk float. Mark Barrett, General Manager of HARRIS MAXUS said: “The CV Show is always a highlight on the calendar for MAXUS, but this year we are planning to go bigger than ever before. Extending our range beyond LCVs, we will be unveiling two new vehicles to the UK market on Tuesday morning, which we are confident will attract interest beyond the commercial market. This is a big moment for MAXUS so make sure to stop by our stand because you won’t want to miss it. This year we are also bringing our largest fleet of EVs to the CV Show with 12 of our most innovative zeroemission vehicles making the journey to the NEC Birmingham. “Our stand will be fully electric for the second year running. EV experts from MAXUS and our wider dealership network will be available to CV show visitors to answer any questions related to electric motoring. So, for anyone considering making the switch to electric, this is a golden opportunity to get up close not only with the MAXUS EV range, but those who can offer advice and insight.” L To find your local MAXUS dealer or for more information visit our website below. FURTHER INFORMATION

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The Cool Chain Sector satisfies the special requirements of the temperature-controlled operator with a display of refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment. flexible, easy-to-install telematics solution such as the C430-S can be truly game-changing. Also displaying its telematics solutions, Teletrac Navman will be showcasing its innovative AI Smart Dashcams and EV Readiness Tool at the CV Show. The Smart Dashcam boasts a powerful AI-enabled dashcam solution with forward and driver-facing cameras that integrates with the company’s TN360 platform. The Smart Dashcam is the newest addition to Teletrac Navman’s suite of intelligent driver safety products. The innovative approach helps build trust and reduce risk as the AI footage provides insights into driver behaviour and incident recordings. This information allows transport managers and safety managers to protect their drivers through personalised coaching. Also present at the CV Show will be the company’s EV Readiness Tool which guides transport managers through the electrification process from start to finish. Peter Millichap, marketing director at Teletrac Navman, commented: “It is great to be able to showcase our leading technology at the CV Show 2022. It’s an important event on the calendar and offers a valuable opportunity to highlight our latest solutions for transport and safety managers. The Smart Dashcam and EV Readiness Tool are two pieces of innovation we are proud to showcase over the two-day event.” Electric vans MAXUS is gearing up for its biggest CV Show ever with two new vehicle reveals planned, as part of the brand’s continued commitment to greener motoring. While the details are still under wraps, MAXUS has confirmed that it will showcase

two new vehicles for the UK market on Tuesday 24 May at 11am and invites CV Show visitors to join the team for the big reveal. For the second consecutive year, MAXUS is going fully electric at the CV Show. Stand 5D110 will be a pure EV experience featuring 12 zero emission vehicles, including an e DELIVER 9 panel van, dropside and minibus, as well as featuring the e DELIVER 3 sports model panel van, tipper, specialist conversion van and milk float. Mark Barrett, general manager of HARRIS MAXUS said: “The CV Show is always a highlight on the calendar for MAXUS, but this year we are planning to go bigger than ever before. Extending our range beyond LCVs, we will be unveiling two new vehicles to the UK market on Tuesday morning, which we are confident will attract interest beyond the commercial market. This is a big moment for MAXUS so make sure to stop by our stand because you won’t want to miss it. This year we are also bringing our largest fleet of EVs to the CV Show with 12 of our most innovative zero-emission vehicles making the journey to the NEC Birmingham. “Our stand will be fully electric for the second year running. EV experts from MAXUS and our wider dealership network will be available to CV show visitors to answer any questions related to electric motoring. So, for anyone considering making the switch to electric, this is a golden opportunity to get up close not only with the MAXUS EV range, but those who can offer advice and insight.” Flexible fleets LeasePlan will also be exhibiting at the CV Show to share expertise and resources to help fleets. Attending on stand 5F75, E April 2022 | COMMERCIAL GREENFLEET


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The Workshop sector is a shop window for operators to connect with exhibitors specialising in aftermarket services and vehicle maintenance.  LeasePlan will be able to help with switching to electric vans, assessing buying versus leasing, reducing vehicle off road time, and demonstrating safety and compliance. Alphabet is also attending the show to help companies manage their corporate mobility in an economical and sustainable way. With both car and commercial vehicle funding and fleet management expertise, Alphabet offers a wealth of knowledge, supported by its comprehensive portfolio of products and services ranging from electric vehicle consultancy to risk management, delivered by its dedicated teams. Industry issues As 2022 unfolds, the spotlight continues to shine on multiple issues from within the commercial vehicle sector, from short term shortages in resourcing, to long-term fleet planning and preparation towards the end of sale of conventionally fuelled vans in 2030 and HGVs in 2040. A host of show content will be available to visitors to help address these challenges including a series of expert panel discussions, with audience interaction,

which will take place in Live Theatres across all three days of the show. These talks will address some of the most crucial and important topics facing the industry whilst answering questions from attendees. Murray continues: “Despite the challenges the industry has faced in recent months, it is time to look ahead, to prepare businesses large and small for the future. The 2022 Commercial Vehicle Show is the place for everyone working within the commercial vehicle sector to be at – offering the ideal opportunity for seeing new products and services, gathering information and networking with industry colleagues to discuss the most important issues facing SME and large operators. The Show is the event where business gets done.” While new vehicle launches tend to grab the limelight, the Commercial Vehicle Show caters for every operator’s requirements. Within the Show each year are two dedicated sectors, the ‘Workshop Sector’ and the ‘Cool Chain Sector’. The Cool Chain Sector satisfies the special requirements of the temperaturecontrolled operator with a comprehensive

display of refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment. Come and see big names including Gray & Adams, Paneltex, Carrier Transicold, Solomon Commercials and Dometic. The Workshop sector is an allencompassing shop window for operators to connect with exhibitors specialising in aftermarket services and vehicle maintenance. Companies exhibiting include TotalKare, Karcher, VehoCheck, PODFather, Stanley, Checkedsafe and eDynamix. The Show presents an unrivalled opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their latest products and services to key decision makers, and to do so at a time when the industry is looking forward to renewing relationships. “The Show is the only event that brings together new vehicles, emerging technologies and the opportunity to connect with key decision makers and other individuals who are as passionate about the sector as they are,” said Murray Ellis, Show Director. “It was wonderful to see visitors back at the Show last September and the positive engagement reported by our exhibitors drives home the importance of the Commercial Vehicle Show to our industry.” Many more leading brands are expected to confirm their participation in the coming days. To view the latest floorplan and exhibitor list go to L

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The government has a goal to end the sale of new diesel trucks by 2040. So how is the HGV industry progressing towards its zero emission goal? And what can freight operators do in the meantime to slash emissions? The government’s transport decarbonisation plan, published last summer, sets out how the whole transport sector can reach net zero by 2050. It covers more details about how the HGV market can become zero emission, given that electrification is more challenging for heavy goods vehicles. The plan says that the next decade will see “rapid progress and investment in zero emission technology options for larger heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), alongside deployment of supporting infrastructure and increasing demand from businesses.” So how does the government see this transition panning out, and what support is it putting forwards? Given uncertainty about which zero emission technology is most suitable for decarbonising long-haul HGVs, the strategy says it will demonstrate zero emission truck technology on the roads and will provide funding to support industry to develop cost-effective, zero emission HGVs and refuelling infrastructure. The government also plans to stimulate demand for zero emission trucks through financial and non-financial incentives, acknowledging that that any zero emission vehicles on the market have a higher upfront price than diesel equivalents. Electric trucks There are a number of electric trucks on the market already, with many more being announced.

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Getting to the ultimate goal of zero-emission trucking Europe in 2023, increasing to 14,000 in Daimler Trucks’ all-electric light-duty 2024, 27,000 in 2025. The 16-tonne vehicle truck FUSO eCanter has over 200 vehicles is the first of the four variants which in operation globally. The 7.49-tonne range between 7.5- and 18-tonnes. vehicle has a driving range of around Northern Europe’s largest shipping 60 miles with a single charge, and is and logistics company DFDS has placed particularly suited for locally zero-emission an order for 100 Volvo FM Electric and quiet inner-city distribution. trucks, with deliveries starting in the Amazon has added five DAF electric fourth quarter of 2022 and continuing Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to its delivery throughout 2023. The trucks will be used fleet, operating from Amazon’s fulfilment for both short and regional transport in centres in Tilbury and Milton Keynes. The the DFDS logistics system in Europe. five vehicles replace diesel HGVs, resulting Renault Trucks is expanding its range of in up to 100,000 annual road miles fuelled all-electric truck models with a 19-tonne with renewable electricity instead of diesel, variant of the D Wide Z.E. Meanwhile preventing 170 tonnes of CO2e from its Normandy plant in France has been being emitted. They are the first of nine producing the D Z.E. (16-tonne) and D electric HGVs expected by the end of 2022, Wide Z.E. (26-tonne) since March 2020 and joining more than 1,000 electric delivery new battery options for both trucks have vans currently on the road in the UK. also been offered since the end of 2020. Using the latest innovations in battery Furthermore, Scania is supplying 78 technology, the electric trucks will soon be fully electric L-series trucks for urban using fast 360 kW electric charging points at waste handling in Copenhagen. Amazon’s Tilbury and Milton Keynes sites. Following the start of Hydrogen production this year, the Daimler The government expects low full-electric 16-tonne carbon hydrogen to play a commercial vehicle Trucks’ allkey role in decarbonising Volta Zero will electric li the transport sector. Its be in circulation g h t d t uty ruck FU recent Hydrogen Strategy throughout Madrid S O eCan has ove says the government in 2023. Volta t e r r is investing up to £20 Trucks plans to operatio 200 vehicles in n globa million this financial year produce 5,000 is well s lly, and in designing trials for E vehicles throughout uit

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The major benefit to retrofit of course is to achieve Clean Air Zone compliance and elimination of charges at a fraction of the cost of vehicle replacement. In addition to retrofit products, perhaps more importantly, Driveline has developed a range of Euro 5 and 6 OE Exhaust system preventative maintenance and refurbishment repair products/services. Driveline has the largest network of dedicated exhaust system maintenance depots of any provider, spanning the whole of the UK and also locations elsewhere in Europe. Considering the critical factors of cost reduction, reliability & fleet up time Driveline can deliver a cost effective preventative maintenance service at a fraction of the cost of OE network service exchange schemes, but can also refurbish Euro 5 and 6 exhaust systems with correct specification substrate components enabling operators to save many thousands compared to OE replacement parts. L FURTHER INFORMATION

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 electric road system and hydrogen fuel cell HGVs and to run a battery electric trial to establish the feasibility, deliverability, costs and benefits of these technologies in the UK. While hydrogen vehicles and re-fuelling are still in their infancy, there are a number of organisations that are already using the fuel. Aberdeen City Council, for example, has added a fuel cell hydrogen waste truck to its fleet, which uses green hydrogen from existing refuelling infrastructure in Aberdeen. The vehicles will not only result in estimated emissions savings of over 25kg CO2e/ litre, based on a diesel truck on similar routes, but will also collect data which will allow further rollouts of hydrogenfuelled waste trucks in the future. There are also a number of trials occurring where hydrogen is used in specialist vehicles. Project ZeHyDA (Zero emission Hydrogen Demonstration for Airport applications), for example, will convert a base aircraft tow tug vehicle to an electric hybrid running with a hydrogen zero emission combustion engine. The project is being run by ULEMCo, Teesside International Airport, RAF Leeming, and Newcastle University. The project will enable the engine to work with an electric drivetrain system, and to be demonstrated as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub in ground support vehicles, alongside work to assess the wider opportunity for use of hydrogen at airports and in the region. Retrofit Technologies Where electric or other zero-emission options are limited for heavy goods vehicles, approved retrofit technology is a viable option now, especially for fleets operating in clean air zones. To assess the various retrofit technology on the market, Zemo Partnership and Energy Saving Trust developed the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS). Introduced in 2019 the initiative now has 24 accredited retrofit systems listed on the CVRAS-Register.

The transport decarbonisation plan says that the next decade will see rapid progress and investment in zero emission technology for larger heavy goods vehicles, alongside deployment of supporting infrastructure and increasing demand from businesses. The scheme includes a certification process to approve technologies that can be retrofitted to (typically) diesel vehicles to reduce nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions and achieve Euro 6 / VI equivalent standards. The CVRAS scheme is recognised by authorities responsible for Clean Air Zones in England and Wales plus London’s ULEZ and Scotland’s LEZs. It provides the only approved retrofit solutions which allow free access to these zones automatically by ensuring the vehicle is registered in the national CAZ checker database. Low carbon fuels The government’s strategy acknowledges that in the short term, low carbon fuels will continue to be an “available and flexible resource to deliver immediate emissions savings in all road vehicles”. The government says it will develop a strategy for low carbon fuels, from now until 2050, to set a clear vision for the sector. The government’s transport decarbonisation strategy commits to supporting efficiency improvements and emission reductions. Ways to do this include using the Energy Saving Trust’s online Freight Portal, which showcases the commercial benefits of improved fuel and logistical efficiencies, including information on available technologies, training and advice which operators can adopt to save time and money while reducing their emissions. Support will continue for organisations like Zemo Partnership and others in

identifying zero emission solutions for transport refrigeration units and auxiliary power units, producing an action plan for identifying the technologies available, barriers to introduction, and opportunities. There will also be work done to explore the potential to increase the biocontent in fuels for use in compatible vehicles, for example through the use of higher blends of biofuels or drop-in fuels. The government has also committed to maintaining the fuel duty differential up to 2032, subject to review in 2024, to encourage the use of biomethane and other gaseous fuels that create carbon savings compared to fossil fuels. Sustainable freight The transport decarbonisation plan highlights that encouraging a shift from road to more sustainable alternatives, such as rail, cargo bike and inland waterways, can decarbonise freight. To do this, the strategy says it will be investing in the capacity and capability of the rail network for freight. ‘Last mile’ deliveries will also be looked at, as this has the potential to create healthier and more liveable places. The government says it will work with industry, academia, and other stakeholders to understand how innovation in the Category L sector can benefit the UK delivery market. L FURTHER INFORMATION




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The government has confirmed that the plug-in van and truck grants will be available for an additional two years, until 2024/25, but will change the eligibility criteria from the spring to focus on heavier vehicles From 1 April 2022, the threshold to claim the small truck grant of up to £16,000 will be increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes. Vans up to 4.25 tonnes will be able to claim the large van grant of up to £5,000. The Department for Transport says this will ensure government targets support where it’s most needed, allowing for heavier and more costly trucks, up to 12 tonnes, to benefit from the higher grant funding. Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, comments: “Logistics UK is pleased that the Plug-in Van Grant will be

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 Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “As demand for electric vehicles continues to grow at speed, this extension to our grant scheme will allow tens of thousands more vans to be purchased, transporting goods in a way which is kinder to our environment. This will support our vital, ongoing work to clean up our air in towns and cities right across the country and build back greener.” Licence to drive electric vans As well as the extension to grant schemes, the government has also announced it will continue to allow drivers holding standard car driving licences to drive electric goods vans at a higher weight limit, up to 4.25 tonnes (compared to a 3.5 tonne limit for diesel vans). This takes into account the additional weight of electric vehicle batteries and makes it easier for businesses and drivers to make the switch. Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager at Logistics UK, comments: “The derogation is seen by van operators as a vital measure to support the decarbonisation of the van fleet; it will give commercial vehicle operators confidence in investing in zero emission technology. This announcement also should encourage more training providers to offer the compulsory five-hour training course required to be fully compliant before driving using the derogation.” Perfect timing The grant extension comes “at the perfect time” for the fleet industry, says BVRLA Director of Corporate Affairs, Toby Poston, as the industry struggles with rising operating costs and global shortage of electric vans. He says: “The two-year extension on the grant will enable van operators to plan their fleet upgrades with greater confidence. “This prolonged van grant was a key pillar of the ‘Van Plan’ that the BVRLA launched last year and we are delighted that the Government has responded to our campaign. “The electric van market continues to lag behind the electric car market and next year was not the time to remove this vital grant.

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As well as the extension to grant schemes, the government has announced it will continue to allow drivers holding standard car driving licences to drive electric goods vans at a higher weight limit, up to 4.25 tonnes, compared to 3.5 tonnes for diesels “As the funds available to support the transition to zero emission diminish, we support the Government’s pragmatic steps to focus on sectors that need the most help in the build up to the 2030 phase-out.” The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) also welcomed the news of the extension of the grant as a boost to the commercial vehicle market. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Extending the Plug-in Van Grant is welcome as it will encourage more operators to make the switch to electric vehicles over the next three years. Furthermore, the confirmation of the continuation of the current licensing regulations will make it easier to recruit drivers for the heaviest electric vans. “While the van market saw record electric uptake last year, it remains some distance behind cars, with battery electric vans making up just 3.6% of new registrations. The speed of uptake must be increased, therefore, which requires attractive incentives and significant investment in EV charge points especially those that meet the specific needs of commercial vehicles in every region of the UK.” Meanwhile, Jacob Roberts, Transport Policy Manager at the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA), said: “With the majority of vans being fuelled by diesel, transitioning to electric vans is essential, not only to decarbonise road transport, but to protect businesses against rising fuel costs and dependencies on imported fuels too.

“For this reason, we are delighted that the government has committed to extend the plug-in van grant for at least two years. Combined with the expansion of funding available to support businesses to install charge points at their places of work, this will allow more businesses to access the benefits of zero-emission vans.” Charging grants The government also offers a Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS), which is a voucherbased scheme that provides support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints. The WCS is open to businesses, charities and public sector organisations that meet the applicant and site eligibility criteria. The grant covers up to 75 per cent of the total costs of the purchase and installation of EV chargepoints, capped at a maximum of £350 per socket and covering up to 40 sockets across all sites per applicant. This means if you would like to install charge points in 40 sites, you will have one socket available per site. Once the chargepoint have been installed, the authorised installer can claim the grant from OZEV on the applicant’s behalf. The chargepoint installation must be completed and the voucher claimed within six months of the voucher’s issue date. L FURTHER INFORMATION



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Eliminating emissions from the last mile E-cargo bikes are a vital part of decarbonising the last mile of logistics. Recently, the Department for Transport topped up its E-Cargo Bike Grant Fund following the scheme’s success so far The government’s transport decarbonisation strategy says that the government is committed to transforming the last mile into an “efficient and sustainable delivery system”. Whether it’s new vehicles like e-cargo bikes or improvements to the logistics system, the strategy says this area is “ripe for innovation which offers other benefits on top of decarbonisation”. E-Cargo bikes are growing in popularity as an alternative to ICE powered vehicles in urban centres. They do not produce any operational greenhouse gas emissions, with only small amounts of greenhouse gases produced when generating the electricity needed to power the battery. Therefore, significant carbon savings can be made by operating e-cargo bikes compared to diesel vans.

an opportunity to introduce electric cargo bikes into their transport operations. Initially made available across England on 30 July 2021, the eCargo Bike Grant Fund invited organisations to apply for 40 per cent of the total cost of an ecargo bike, with a maximum of £2,500 for two-wheel models and £4,500 for three-wheel models. Applicants were able Business use of e-cargo bikes to opt for up to five bikes per organisation There are many applications for e-cargo and were also able to submit joint ‘highbikes beyond parcel and post logistics. street’ applications for shared ecargo bikes. Other sectors include food delivery, cleaning Due to the success of the fund, the and maintenance, and local store-toapplication portal closed on 8 October customer deliveries in retail. 2021 as the application threshold E-Cargo bikes typically suit was reached. An additional the transportation of small The £300,000 was then made and light goods, as they e c available to applicants do not have as large a bike fu argo n with applications capacity as a van. d , w hich subsidis already submitted on They work well in a of e-ca es the cost 3 November 2021. high-density network rgo del Tim Anderson, head with many stops ivery bikes fo of transport, Energy within a short distance, r s m busines Saving Trust, said: “It’s as this is the most ses, rec all motivating to see the profitable method, e i v e a d £300,0 success of the eCargo and while vehicles 0 Bike Grant Fund so far have a limited range, top-up 0 with many new ecargo bikes they can be parked easily. being purchased by businesses E-Cargo bikes also suit in England. We are confident that the time-critical deliveries, as small additional £300,000 funding pot has provided vehicles are less affected by congestion, more small businesses with the opportunity making them more reliable. They are also to make lasting changes to their last mile good for accessing congested or access deliveries and transporting their goods. restricted areas as ecargo bikes are cheaper “E-Cargo bikes are an attractive low to use in Clean Air Zones and easier to carbon transport option and offer impressive move around in pedestrianised zones. fuel cost savings, while contributing to improved local air quality, both of which Grants for e-cargo bikes are particularly critical as we continue to The Department for Transport’s national drive the low carbon transport agenda.” e-cargo bike fund, which subsidises the Cycling and walking minister Trudy Harrison cost of e-cargo delivery bikes for small added: “The eCargo Bike Grant Fund is a businesses, has received a £300,000 top-up wonderful initiative to support businesses in to build on the scheme’s success so far. the transition to more sustainable deliveries The fund, which has now closed, and our £300,000 top-up will allow even was extremely popular among small more businesses to make the switch.” businesses and sole traders, giving them

Scotland – eBike Business Loan Interest-free loans of up to £30,000 are available from Energy Saving Trust, funded by Transport Scotland. The eBike Business Loan aims to support organisations that want to reduce the carbon impact of their transport and travel arrangements with new and more efficient alternatives and are available to help with the cost of purchase. The loan covers new pedal-assisted electric bikes, up to £3,000 per bike; new cargo bikes, up to £6,000 per bike; and new adapted cycles. If an organisation is replacing a car or van with a cargo or ecargo bike, there is no maximum limit per bike, within the maximum loan amount of £30,000. Air quality Local authorities across England have been granted more than £11 million in government funding to deliver projects to improve air quality from the latest round of the government’s Air Quality Grants. This money helps councils develop and implement measures to improve air quality, and include funding for cargo bikes. The latest round of funding saw Colchester Borough Council win funding to develop an e-cargo bike delivery service made through a bespoke booking app so shoppers and visitors to Colchester Town Centre can book deliveries to their homes within a five mile radius or a nearby smart locker. Meanwhile, Westminster City Council won funding for a project to move freight to London by river rather than road and continue ongoing deliveries through a fleet of zero emission electric vehicles, cargo bikes and walking. L FURTHER INFORMATION



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Vauxhall Vivaro-e Elite 3100 75kWh

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Winner of the GreenFleet 2021 LCV Manufacturer of the Year award, Vauxhall has completed its family of electric light commercial vehicles. Based on the popular Vivaro, Richard Gooding finds out how the zero-emission Vivaro-e stacks up What is it? The Vivaro has been a staple of Vauxhall’s light commercial vehicle family for over 20 years, and has sold over one million examples. Vauxhall is now owned by the vast Stellantis group, and the third generation of the British best-seller was introduced in 2019, based on the same EMP2 underpinnings as the Citroën Dispatch and Peugeot Expert, which combines modular passenger car and commercial vehicle chassis. Leveraging shared technologies, the electric Vivaro was introduced in 2020, employing a 100kW motor with a choice of either 50 or 75kWh batteries. Vauxhall’s e-LCV family is the number oneselling electric light commercial range in the UK, the Vivaro-e securing big fleet orders from the likes of BT Openreach, British Gas, Mitie and Riverford Organics. The Vivaro-e was named ‘International Van of the Year’ in 2021, along with its other Stellantis stablemates. How practical is it? Three versions of the emission-free Vivaro-e are available, two panel vans, one crew van (the doublecab) and a platform cab. There is only one roof height, but two lengths that share the same 3,275mm wheelbase: the 4,959mm ‘L1’ and the 5,309mm ‘L2’. Height is 1,905mm, and width is 2,204mm, including door mirrors. As the batteries are mounted under the floor, the electric Vivaros share the same cargo space as their diesel-engined relatives. L1 models can carry up to 5.3m3 or volume, the longer L2 versions able to hold 6.1m3. If the FlexCargo load-through bulkhead is fitted – standard on high-spec Elite models – those volumes increase to 5.8m3 and 6.6m3 respectively. Payloads range from 987kg for the doublecab, to 1,226kg for the 50kWh entry level Vivaro-e,


topping out at 1,392kg for the L2-based platform cab with the same battery. All panel vans have a maximum load height of 1,397mm, a maximum width of 1,636mm, and a maximum distance between the wheel arches of 1,258mm. Twin sliding side doors are standard, and a pair of rear doors open to 90 and 180 degrees. Fixed floor-mounted load restraint lashing eyes are provided, too; six on L1 models, and eight on L2 versions. What range does it have? Operators who choose the Vivaro-e have a choice of either 50kWh or 75kWh batteries. For the 50kWh version, Vauxhall quotes a single charge, WLTP test cycle distance of up to 133 miles. This increases to a distance of up to 196 miles for the 75kWh model, depending on the model chosen. How long does it take to charge? All electric Vivaros support 100kW DC charging. A fast charger will refill the 50kWh battery from 15 to 80 per cent capacity in 30 minutes, the larger capacity battery taking another 15 minutes. A single-phase 7.4kW on-board charger is standard, but operators can opt for an optional three-phase 11kW unit. On a 7kW AC connection or wallbox, a full recharge takes around 11 hours. How does it drive? Externally, only the ‘Vivaro-e’ badge on the nearside back door and the charging flap on the nearside front wing give the electric game away. Otherwise, it’s business as usual for the mid-sized Vauxhall LCV. And that’s no bad thing. Sharing its basic outline with its Stellantis relatives, as vans go the Vivaro-e is handsome, with contoured wheel arches, a lower grille ‘smile’, and embossed tail lights.


Elite-spec models gain colour-coded bumpers, too, which adds to the smart look. Inside, the relationship to its siblings is a little more obvious, but again, a proven design and components mean there’s little to gripe about. The seven-inch colour touchscreen is clear and works well. Steering wheel buttons for volume and phone functions bring car-like comfort, and physical controls for the air conditioning mean no prodding into touchscreen menus. Cabin storage is generous, with drink cubbies on top of the dashboard, while in-dash slots can hold additional odds and ends. A large, lidded compartment on the dash top is a very useful space. All versions of the Vivaro-e are powered by a 100kW electric motor, and the electric Vauxhall LCV isn’t found wanting for pace. With 192lb ft/260Nm of torque – noticeably more than the Volkswagen e-Transporter 6.1 – the Vivaro-e feels plenty fast enough for dicing with innercity traffic. Light and crisp steering allows the van to be placed easily on the road, and at higher speeds, refinement is as good as it is at lower ones, the hushed cruising made possible by the removal of a diesel engine. A choice of three modes allow for a tailored driving experience. ‘Eco’ limits power to 78bhp for maximum range and efficiency, deactivating any unnecessary energy-consuming features, and reducing the 81mph top speed, torque and overall performance. ‘Normal’ mode offers 104bhp for a compromise between efficiency and performance, while ‘Power’ gives the full 134bhp. An additional regenerative braking ‘B’ mode for the gear selector increases braking resistance and puts more energy back into the battery, even when the van is coasting after the accelerator has been released.

What does it cost? The UK government’s Plug-in Van Grant (PiVG) will contribute 35 per cent of the purchase price on all electric Vivaros, up to a maximum of £5,000. The Vivaro-e range starts at £32,228.33 ‘on-the-road’ excluding VAT with the PiVG deducted for the entry level Dyanmic panel van. Standard equipment includes automatic lights and wipers, cruise control with speed limiter, front fog lamps, a seven-inch colour touchscreen, and 16-inch steel wheels. To aid practicality, rear parking sensors, as well as nearside and offside sliding side-access doors are fitted. The £38,403.33 Vivaro Elite (as tested here) looks smarter with its 17-inch alloy wheels, body coloured bumpers and LED daytime running lights, and also adds an alarm, electrically folding door mirrors, a FlexCargo load-through bulkhead, front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system, as well as a six-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment and armrest. In addition, crew double-cab versions include three individual rear seats, a full-height ABS plastic bulkhead with window and front passenger curtain and side-impact airbags. Prices for the crew cab Vivaro-e begin at £42,078.33. Why does my fleet need one? The electric Vivaro-e’s car-derived underpinnings gives it a level of driving comfort and usability which will suit fleets and those looking for maneuverability, refinement and a general ease of operation. The fact that the battery doesn’t impede the cargo volume is another bonus. Suiting the recently enlarged London Ultra Low Emission Zone and other imminent Clean Air Zones, the Vivaro-e keeps downtime to a minimum with its fast-charging capability, while an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on battery and electric powertrain components should give operators added peace of mind. L

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The winner of the 2021 GreenFleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year award, Vauxhall now offers electric versions of its complete light commercial vehicle range. The Combo-e panel and crew vans are the brand’s entry point, the small LCVs capable of carrying up to 800kg in payload, with a range of up to 171 miles from a 50kWh battery. The Vivaro-e sits right in the middle of Vauxhall’s electric LCV family, and will be boosted with another zeroemission variant in 2023, when the Vivaro-e Hydrogen version is launched. Its driving range of up to 249 miles is obtained by the use of a hydrogen fuel cell. As practical as other zeroemission Vivaros, it will have a payload of up to 1,100kg and a cargo volume of 6.1m3. The bigger Movano-e is the largest model on offer. With a single-charge distance of up to 139 miles from its 70kWh battery, maximum payload is 1,150kg on the long-wheelbase L4 models.

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Scarab’s technology supports customers amidst red diesel price increase

For over four decades, Scarab Sweepers has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of truck-mounted road sweepers for municipal, highway and offhighway applications. The company offers a wide range of truck-mounted sweeping solutions, which come in a variety of body sizes and drive types, to help customers achieve exceptional cleansing results in some of the world’s toughest environments. Scarab has been promoting the environmental benefits of our single-engine technology for over 30 years and now, with many concerned by the change in legislation surrounding red diesel, are primed to support operators as they transition away from twin-

engine machines. Scarab first pioneered the single-engine road sweeper in the 1980s and has continued to deliver our expertise at the sharp end of the industry ever since. Our single-engine machines are lighter, provide a greater payload, produce reduced engine emissions and, crucially, consume less fuel than comparative twin-engine machines. Though recognising that the future of the industry lies in alternative fuel solutions with the increasing focus on zero emissions, Scarab believes that there has never been a more important time than now to make the switch to single-engine machines to help customers reduce emissions and costs immediately. “In light of the recent government




announcement on the removal of duty on red diesel, our strategy to support customers in transitioning from a twin-engine to a single-engine platform has never been more crucial”, Scarab’s Manager of Marketing and Product Development, Gary Kelleher, explains. “While our single-engine machines have always offered a number of benefits including decreased noise and engine emissions, less weight, greater payload and reduced maintenance, the advantage of our singleengine machines offering reduced fuel consumption, compared to twin-engine alternatives, will result in significant fuel cost savings for fleet managers and operators.” Scarab, who combined with sister companies Mathieu and Ravo form the Fayat Environmental Solutions group, offer and continue to develop classleading electrified and other alternative fuel solutions, from compact and midsize, through to large capacity specialist application truck mounted sweepers. L FURTHER INFORMATION

Red Diesel

Changes to permitted use of red diesel From April 1, red diesel and other rebated biofuels will no longer be allowed to be used as they are currently and will only be legal for a small number of sectors. We look at the changes and how some industries are calling for a delay to the policy From 1 April 2022, rebated fuels such as red diesel are no longer permitted for most industry sectors, as part of the government’s efforts to meet climate change and air quality targets. Red diesel is diesel used mainly for offroad purposes, such as to power bulldozers and cranes used in the construction industry, or to power drills for oil extraction. It accounts for around 15 per cent of all the diesel used in the UK and is responsible for the production of nearly 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Red diesel used in the construction and infrastructure building sectors was also estimated to have caused seven per cent of nitrogen oxide emissions and eight per cent of PM10 emissions in London in 2018. To address this, the government announced in its 2020 Budget that it would remove the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated biodiesel from most sectors from April 2022. The tax changes will ensure that most users of red diesel use fuel taxed at the standard rate for diesel from April 2022, like motorists, which the government says more fairly reflects the harmful impact of the emissions they produce. The government also said that removing most red diesel entitlements will also help to ensure that the tax system incentivises industries to improve the energy efficiency of their vehicles and machinery, invest in cleaner alternatives, or just use less fuel. The changes From 1 April 2022, red diesel and other rebated biofuels will no longer be allowed to be used as they are currently. Instead they will only be able to be used for specific purposes and when using certain allowed machines, vehicles, vessels and appliances. The rebated fuels affected by these changes are rebated diesel, rebated Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), rebated biodiesel and bioblend, kerosene taxed at the rebated diesel rate, and fuel substitutes. HVO is a liquid hydrocarbon which is classified for excise purposes as heavy oil and treated the same as diesel. Fully rebated kerosene is unaffected by these changes and can be used for all heating uses.

While the REA strongly supports the transition to sustainable and renewable fuels, they say that removing the organics recycling sector’s entitlement to use red diesel at this time would add an unacceptable and unaffordable financial Who can use rebated fuels? burden on to businesses that are already Agriculture, horticulture, fish farming, and facing increased costs due to HGV driver forestry industries can continue to use rebated shortages, energy prices rises (which are fuel in vehicles, machines and appliances for set to increase even further), and accepted uses. Registered community the need to meet increasing amateur sports clubs, golf courses environmental standards. and driving ranges can also Red die Until there is a viable use the rebated fuel in alternative to diesel in certain cases, as can accoun sel ts for the organics recycling travelling fairs and around 15 per industry, the REA and circuses and some cases cent of diese its members are calling in sailing, boating and UK and l use in the on the government to marine transport. is respo postpone the proposed The fuel can be used n for nea rly 14 m sible change to red diesel in vehicles for the illion tonnes policy for five years use of cutting trees, of carbo until 2027, to enable the verges and hedges d io x id e a year n development alternativethat border public roads fuelled vehicles and and clearing or otherwise machinery and clear guidance dealing with frost, ice, snow on the permitted use of red diesel. (this includes gritting), or flooding. Jenny Grant, Head of Organics Examples of agricultural vehicles are and Natural Capital at the Association for tractors, or single seat, light vehicles, designed Renewable Energy and Clean Technology and constructed mainly for off-road use. Other (REA), said: “While we strongly support the special vehicles can be used in permitted transition to sustainable and renewable industries, and include digging machines, fuels, removing the organics recycling mobile cranes, mobile pumping vehicles, work sector’s entitlement to use red diesel at trucks, and road rollers. Mowing machines this time would add an unacceptable can use rebated fuel in certain cases. and unaffordable financial burden on businesses which are already facing a The waste sector perfect storm of worsening cost pressures. The Association for Renewable Energy “We have been in constant contact with and Clean Technology (REA) is urging the our members who are warning about the government to postpone the proposed impact this change would have on their changes to red diesel policy for five years business. Businesses are facing incredibly until 2027. It says the waste sector is set difficult decisions, with many saying to lose the entitlement to use rebated fuel, they will have to make redundancies which will dramatically increase costs to or even cease trading entirely. businesses whilst simultaneously failing to “That is why we are urging the Government deliver the intended environmental benefits. to delay the proposed reform to red diesel The policy will also create unfair competition policy for five years until 2027 to enable - agriculture and horticulture sectors remain the development of viable alternativeeligible for red diesel - meaning some onfuelled vehicles and machinery. The farm AD and composting sites will be able Government must postpone this change to charge lower gate fees for accepting - jobs and businesses are on the line.” L waste than off-farm sites who cannot. Biodiesel, bioblend and fuel substitutes are already subject to fuel duty when they’re set aside to be used in engines, motors and machines.



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Keeping up with the pace of change As the 2030 ban on new sales of pure-ICE vehicles looms ever nearer, fleet operators have more choice than ever for zero-emission vehicle solutions. This May will present an ‘opportunity to sample’ at ITT Hub, 11-12 May, Farnborough International It’s no longer ‘if’ but ‘when’ as a combination of Government legislation, clean air zones and customer pressure means that the move to zero-emission vehicles is gathering pace. Already, some petrol and diesel-only versions of vans and cars have been dropped as manufacturers switch production to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) while anticipating falling demand. In the last 12 months the industry has begun making conscious changes, which has seen a raft of new model announcements in all van sectors and, while there’s not yet a full range from every manufacturer, there is no doubt about the direction of travel. The best way to understand more about what’s on offer and, importantly, how it will suit your business is first-hand experience. Providing this unique opportunity is the Innovation and Technology in Transport Hub (ITT Hub), taking place 11-12 May 2022. Staged at Farnborough International’s impressive purpose-built exhibition centre, just off the M25 in Hampshire, the quality free-to-attend event is leading the sector on this important topic. You’re in charge Uniquely, ITT Hub offers the chance for ride-and-drive experiences on public roads as part of the two-day event. Those with an appropriate driving licence can get behind the wheel of a variety of vehicles on a test route that starts from the heart of the exhibition and includes a selection of local roads. With a number of new models being launched by manufacturers, it’s expected that the more than 100 vehicles on site will include some ‘reveals’, as well as latest updates.


Thought-provoking conference While vehicles are at the heart of green fleets, there’s much more to it than that. One of the big debating points is which technology to choose. Helping you to navigate this journey is the two-day Future Logistics conference. Organised by Logistics UK, the free-toattend conference will address the key challenges facing our industry today and tomorrow, delivered by thought-leaders, innovators and inspirational business minds. Opening the conference with a keynote speech will be world-renowned space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. Maggie will bring her experience of truly innovative solutions to issues that have


been tested in space and will help our industry to re-evaluate the opportunities presented by decarbonisation. Alongside a line-up of thought leaders and inspirational business minds, her keynote will set the tone for two days of lively debate that will help attendees address the challenges our industry faces in the coming decades. The programme brings you a stellar line up of some of the most influential and knowledgeable professionals from organisations including National Grid, Zemo Partnership, Zenobe, Renault Trucks, Volvo Trucks, Iveco and Zenzic, giving you real insight into what you need to do to plan your future business. The nine sessions cover major hot topics, answering key questions such as ‘when is the right time to make the switch to electric vans?’. Another subject being tackled is a buyers’ guide to new fuel investment. The session asks what are key criteria you need to consider on your journey to net zero, and the potential pitfalls to watch out for? Keynote speaker Tim Campbell will use real world practical examples in his guide to investing in new fuels. Moving to larger vehicles ‘HGV: The Future for Gas and the future for batteryelectric’ are separate sessions considering each in turn. For each, the panel will consider the options for investment in low carbon fuels, what is gas power or batteryelectric most appropriate for, total cost of ownership, how to fund investment, how mature is the refuelling/charging infrastructure, differences between hydrogen

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and biomethane, range considerations, speed of refuelling and upfront costs for local infrastructure investment. Other topics in the conference include the future for autonomous last-mile deliveries, the future for freight – with senior speakers from government – and future-proofing the supply chain. Inspirational exhibition The indoor exhibition hall hosts the conference and topical feature Hubs, including the newest addition to the show, the Cold Chain Hub by TCS&D, as well as the Energy Theatre Hub, Talent Hub, EV Café, Future Van Hub and Government Hub. For anyone involved in cold and chilled transport the Cold Chain Hub is a must-visit initiative. Innovations are being brought to market to tackle the challenge posed by the removal of red diesel from refer’ units from April, and how to deal with chilled transport in a zero-emission environment. Companies participating include Thermo King, Chereau & SOR, CoolKit, Gray & Adams, Carrier Transicold, Prohire, ABC Trailer Solutions, Longhurst Refrigeration, SSI Schaefer, Petit Forestier, and Smart Graphics.

beyond. Sit, watch and listen over a cuppa to some of the current industry thinking. As the industry seeks to “Professionalise the Profession”, inspiring, developing and retaining people is key to a successful business. The event’s Talent Hub hosts daily presentations from key industry representatives, with leading experts on the stand each day for one-to-one advice, alongside companies involved with training and developing the workforce. Industry experts will be on hand each day to advise, inspire and guide you to next steps with examples of case study and success stories through a series of 20-minute informal speaker sessions and Q&As. The Energy Hub Theatre in the heart of the event is the place where debate and discussion on transport issues will have energy running through the heart of them. Each day, three panel discussions with transport industry guests cover the latest topics affecting energy and infrastructure, including daily

‘distribution sessions’ from National Grid and Western Power Distribution. All sectors covered Over 100 exhibitors across the vehicles, warehouse, fleet management, software, safety, and compliance sectors are expected this year, including DAF Trucks, Renault Trucks, Volta Trucks, Ford, Harris Maxus, TRAILAR, Schmitz Cargobull, Tachosys, TruTac, TyreWatch to DiscLock, Air Products and Argent Energy. Supported by commercial partners, National Grid, Western Power Distribution (WPD), Zenobē, Lloyds Bank and Lex Autolease, ITT Hub is gearing up for a bigger and even more innovative two days of networking, knowledge sharing and insight. The high-quality event and conference are free-to-attend. On site car parking is free and there are convenient rail and air links. L FURTHER INFORMATION

Innovative event The EV Café is an online community that comes together every month to talk EV and low-emission transport. At ITT Hub, The EV Cafe comes alive, with the team hosting a series of lively discussions throughout the day with a range of guests, who will debate and challenge all things EV and



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