Wilcox ENERGYA concrete mixer set to electrify Freight in the City Expo 2017

Wilcox Commercial Vehicles is set to cause a stir at Freight in the City Expo 2017 with the ENERGYA series truck concrete mixer that cuts fuel use, noise and emissions.

Unlike traditional truck mixers where drum movement is generated by a hydraulic system, Cifa’s ENERGYA truck mixer is powered from its own rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which are independent to the chassis engine.

ENERGYA truck mixers are equipped with a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), which allows energy recovery during vehicle deceleration. The batteries can also be charged from both the power grid and through a generator powered by the diesel engine on the truck, allowing the truck mixer to be fully operational, even if the batteries are dead.

Jamie Boyce, Wilcox area sales manager, said this makes the mixer particularly suited to congested areas with high traffic levels.

“Concrete mixers need to be kept rotating to keep the concrete mixed while on route to the delivery site,” he said. “With the mixer being independent to the chassis engine, when in congestion or waiting to discharge, the driver can cut the engine without affecting the mixer or the load being carried.”

A recent trial run by Cifa showed a saving of 3,600 litres of fuel and more than 9,500kg of Co2 with the ENERGYA mixer creating no Co2 emissions and less than 10db of noise when in operation.

Boyce added: “The batteries can be recharged in around three hours from a power source, but they also recharge through the KERS from the braking system of the chassis.

“By just operating in traffic with frequent stopping and starting, the mixer can stay recharged for a whole day through the KERS system.”

Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November at London’s Alexandra Palace. It is free to attend, so why not register for a pass today!


Associations question London T-Charge as surcharge goes live

Trade associations have questioned the effectiveness of the London T-Charge, as the new tax went live this morning (23 October).

The T-Charge costs drivers of pre-Euro 4 vehicles that enter London’s congestion charge zone between 7am and 6pm on any weekday £10.00, on top of the £11.50 congestion charge.

But the FTA has warned the tax may not go far enough to remove older vehicles from London’s streets

Natalie Chapman, FTA head of policy for London told Freight in the City: “This charge means other road users will be sharing a burden that the freight industry has been shouldering for years.

“It will bring cars up to the standard that HGVs have had to meet for sometime. This is about all road users playing a part in cutting emissions.”

Chapman acknowledged the charge could impact on some vans and older HGVs but added: “We are talking about vehicles that are more than 10 years old so the charge will have minimal impact on the freight industry.”

However Chapman questioned if the Toxin Tax goes far enough in ensuring older vehicles are removed from the capital’s streets.

She said: “I question how effective it will be. I suspect that it depends on how often people use these vehicles. For many if it is for an occasional journey they may just decide to pay the T-charge, so although it will certainly raise revenues, will it make a real difference to emissions?”

The RHA warned that new Toxin Tax combined with the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone risks damaging London’s economy and dismissed the charge as “just another tax on business in the capital.”

RHA chief executive Richard Burnett added: “The T-Charge on lorries is a modest tax, but the coming changes the mayor plans for ULEZ in 2019 will be a massive tax burden.

“It will impose taxes on those operators of lorries just a few years old who simply cannot afford replace nearly new lorries – we will see jobs lost and hauliers put out of business to achieve very modest air quality improvement.”

However TfL said that since the T-Charge was announced in February the daily number of older more polluting vehicles driving into the Congestion Zone had decreased by around 15%.

Gareth Powell, TfL’s Director of Strategy, said: “The T-Charge shows that London is leading the way with the toughest pollution standard of any world city, which will be further strengthened with the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

“We are encouraged that people appear to be heeding these initiatives and finding more environmentally friendly ways to travel. This is the bedrock on which the mayor’s ambitious plan for a zero emission city by 2050 is built.”

LoCITY conference a key event for operators delivering into London

Operators delivering into London will find the LoCITY conference at this year’s Freight in the City Expo essential to attend.

You will be able to hear first-hand from TfL’s director of city planning Alex Williams (below) on what the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will mean for your operation, as well as learn more about the Mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy.

You’ll also be able to find out about the latest tools and guidance documents developed to help fleets make informed buying choices, as well as hear about some exciting new research focused on alternative fuels for refuse vehicles.

LoCITY will be inviting representatives along from other major UK cities to discuss their own plans for improving air quality and encouraging uptake of cleaner freight vehicles.

While over on the LoCITY stand in the exhibition hall, you can speak to the team directly to ask any questions you might have about the latest ultra-low-emission vehicle technology and pending air quality legislation.

You’ll also be able to check out an exciting new electric RCV developed for the City of London, and a fully electric Nissan eNV200Maxi van from Voltia, which is making its UK debut.

Speakers in the session include: Alex Williams (as above); Denise Beedell, development manager, Federation of Small Businesses and LoCITY champion; Carl Beet, transport strategy manager, Transport for West Midlands; Andrew Benfield, group director of transport, Energy Savings Trust.

Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November at Alexandra Palace, London.LoCITY

It is free to attend and features a full-day’s seminar programme alongside an extensive exhibition of the latest urban delivery vehicles.

Find out more about the event and register for free today!

LoCITY can help small businesses keep pace with emissions regulations, says FSB

The industry-led LoCITY programme is offering practical help for local independent businesses looking to keep pace with emissions regulations in London, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Denise Beedell, FSB development manager for Greater London, said the impartial guidance provided by LoCITY will help time-pressed small business owners make informed vehicle buying decisions.

“Quite contrary to popular belief, most small business owners aren’t against environmental improvements. Indeed, many go into business because they want to do things better than the corporate world,” she said.

“But at the end of the day, they are there to make a profit and one of the hardest parts of people embracing more sustainable attitudes and behaviours in their own operations is the huge challenge of obtaining relevant and timely information.”

The FSB is a national organisation that represents the interests of small and micro businesses, using evidence-based campaigning to help influence policy-makers and politicians.

In London, the FSB engages regularly with stakeholders like TfL and City Hall on key policies such as the mayor’s Draft Transport Strategy and the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Beedell said her London-based members fully recognise the need to support air quality proposals to improve the health of those living and working in the capital.

“But equally, and this is where my job comes in, I need to talk to the policy-makers to make sure the small business community aren’t the ones who have to bear a disproportionate burden of costs to pay for all these aspirations. Let’s get a fair deal,” she added.

LoCITY will therefore play a vital role in helping small business owners invest wisely in their business vehicles and give them the information they need to make informed choices.

“Providing the right information and guidance are really, really important,” said Beedell. “Because they simply don’t have time to do the research. They also don’t have the experience or expertise to understand things the way a fleet manager in a large distribution company may do.”

She added: “LoCITY provides a really positive, independent forum to put forward sensible information that has been checked out. It’s trusted; it’s not trying to sell things to people and aligns with what the FSB does.”

Beedell will be speaking at the LoCITY annual conference, which this year takes place at Freight in the City Expo in London on 7 November.

Register today for your free place!

Bradshaw to electrify Freight in the City Expo with Goupil vehicle showcase


Freight in the City caught up with Drew Bradshaw, joint MD at Bradshaw Electric Vehicles to hear what they’d be exhibiting on stand 31 at the London expo on 7 November.


Which products and services are you planning to promote at the show and why?

Bradshaw is showcasing the new range of Goupil Electric Road Legal Vehicles. They’re designed especially for inner city last mile delivery and service operations. They’re compact, with great manoeuvrability, excellent range and zero emissions.

Are they unique?

Yes! These are innovative European-manufactured commercial vehicles, featuring a modular design that allows a multitude of body types to be fitted. It means there’s a huge range of options, including a Pick-up, Tipper, Pressure washer, Leaf collector, Waste collector, Cage body, Van body and more.

We introduced the range earlier this year to the UK. They are designed from the ground up as 100% Electric Vehicles and made by Goupil, part of the Polaris Group.

For more than 60 years, the Polaris brand has been synonymous with making high quality, breakthrough products – which is a big part of why we love working with them!

Who are you trying to reach with your products and services?

Any commercial customer with a requirement to move loads up to 1200Kg, or carry out cleaning operations.

What is their relevance to urban transport?

The Goupil range offers excellent on-road driving characteristics for inner city applications:
compact size; silent; zero emissions; N1 & L7e road approval;payload up to 1,200kg; max speed of 31mph; range 50 miles; tight turning circle; lithium-ion battery option for even faster recharge; 11 models, many options available

Volvo Trucks to exhibit Direct Vision-friendly FMs at Freight in the City Expo

Volvo Trucks will focus on London’s Direct Vision Standard at the Freight in the City Expo, displaying its construction FM range in light of TfL’s interim announcement on the standard’s rating scheme.

The transport body began its second consultation on the scheme last month, along with the release of its permit proposal for its star rating system.

With TfL’s permit system based on floor height and level of vision, Volvo will have an N3 FM with a factory-fitted lower door window, narrow mirrors and camera with integrated dashboard screen.

Its stand at the Expo will also host an FM tipper grab with a medium-height chassis.

Volvo said it is displaying the trucks to engage with operators over the Direct Vision Standard, and to give them the chance to explore options other than its N3G extra-high trucks.

Volvo Trucks head of product management John Comer said while the manufacturer supports the standard, it addresses just one aspect of safe driving in urban environments.

He said: “In the city, relative speeds and traffic flow change by the second. This, to some degree, has been acknowledged in the proposed permit scheme.

“At this stage the direct vision star ratings are interim and we are now entering the second phase of the consultation process, he says.

“By exhibiting these vehicles, Volvo wants to invite operator reaction on vision and how these lower chassis will perform in service, in order to formulate views and information so that all can take part in the second consultation.”

Volvo Trucks will also display its cyclist and pedestrian training materials from its ‘See and be Seen’ scheme, which recently extended from targeting the eight plus age group to participants in secondary and adult education.

  • Don’t miss out on a free event with all the latest equipment and information about safe operations in an urban environment – register for the Freight in the City Expo today

Tevva Motors and Aquafuel amongst Low Carbon award winners

The commercial vehicle sector was recognised at last week’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Low Carbon Champion Awards held at the Energy 2017 at Birmingham NEC.

Now in their seventh year, the awards aim to celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals who are leading the way towards low-emission road transport in the UK.

Tevva Motors’ range-extended electric truck scooped the SME award for low carbon innovation, which it jointly shared with Aquafuel Research.

While the judges also awarded the Cross River Partnership the title of Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year for its FREVUE project that explored the viability of electric freight vehicles in real-life urban operations.

CNG Fuels won the Fuel Initiative of the Year Award for its work on introducing a grid-connected CNG site at Leyland now used by the likes of John Lewis Group.

Both Iveco and Volvo Group were finalists for the Low Carbon Heavy Duty Vehicle Manufacturer title, which was won by bus firm BYD, while operators Martin Brower and London Borough of Hackney reached finalist stage for the operator accolade.

The Grand Prix – or winner of winners – award was presented to TfL, BYD (bus manufacturer) and Go-Ahead London (bus operator) for their partnership in delivering the vehicles, operational capacity and infrastructure to begin running London’s first two all-electric bus routes.

Urban logistics innovation in the spotlight at Freight in the City Expo

Freight in the City Expo has secured an exciting line-up of speakers for this year’s seminar programme, which will be professionally chaired by broadcaster Simon Jack.

Innovation is the dominant theme of the day, with speakers exploring emerging vehicle and infrastructure technology being developed and trialled in the UK.

The session will be introduced by Innovate UK, which is helping to support a large number of freight-related schemes this year through government-funded programmes such as:

TfL’s LoCITY programme will take to the stage for the second morning session, with a packed agenda looking at the goals of the mayor’s draft transport strategy for London and work taking place to help encourage uptake of cleaner freight vehicles.

There will also be an insight into research and trials taking place to develop low-emission vehicles for the waste collection sector, as well as a look at what other UK cities are doing to tackle air quality in urban areas.

In the afternoon, delegates will be able to interact with a top panel of speakers from across industry on key topics affecting urban deliveries, such as HGV safety, alternative fuels, consolidation, road charging and city regulations.

The day concludes with an all-important session dedicated to policing and safety of freight vehicles in urban environments.

Alongside the seminar programme will be the expo’s biggest-ever exhibition of the latest trucks, vans, equipment and technology designed for city freight movements.

Freight in the City Expo takes place on 7 November at Alexandra Palace, London.

It is free to attend and a must-visit event for anybody involved in planning, delivering or receiving goods in an urban environment, so we do hope to see you there!

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Transdek to Duet at Freight in the City Expo

Transdek DUET

Transdek UK is highlighting the environmental and cost saving benefits of its Duet urban double-deck trailers on stand 9 at this year’s Freight in the City Expo.

The expo takes place on 7 November at London’s Alexandra Palace and Transdek will be showing its urban trailers, which it claims can carry up to 107% more freight than standard 18-tonne rigid trucks.

Transdek will have two 10.6m Duets on show; an ambient trailer and a multi-temperature trailer. The latter includes a number of specialist quiet features suited for out of hours deliveries in the convenience and grocery retail sectors.

Both models have a tighter turning circle and better maneuverability than rigids without steering axles, according to Transdek.

Mark Adams, MD at Transdek, said: “As a company we are committed to developing supply chain solutions that help drive down the number of deliveries required in urban centres and provide a sustainable distribution model.

“We feel strongly that double deck trailers designed for the urban environment can make a significant impact on cutting the number of vehicles in towns and cities thereby slashing emissions.”

Close Brothers Asset Finance to make Freight in the City Expo debut

Close Brothers Asset Finance will be exhibiting for the first time at next month’s Freight in the City Expo.

On stand 33, Close Brothers will be on hand to talk you through their range of funding options that can help spread the cost of new vehicles or help businesses release working capital via their current fleet.

Funding routes include hire purchase, refinancing, finance and operating lease.

Close Brothers is currently working with the RHA to launch a programme to help SMEs secure the skills they need for future growth by recruiting young drivers into the transport sector.

The RHA/Close Brothers SME Apprentice Scheme – 20/20, will see Close Brothers contribute to the cost of apprentices for 20 SME members of the association (those with less than 20 vehicles) who might otherwise be unable to afford to take on a new apprentice HGV driver under the age of 24.

Visit stand 33 at the expo to find out more.