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!

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.

Fraikin’s compliance and technology guidebooks available at Freight in the City Expo

Fraikin will be giving away free printed copies of its latest ‘What You Need to Know’ guidebooks at next month’s Freight in the City Expo in London.

They have been designed to help commercial fleet operators stay up-to-date with key legislative issues and changing technology in the road transport industry.

The ‘Sustainable Transport and Clean Air’ guidebook is essential reading for operators working in an urban environment, according to the rental and fleet management firm, and will help inform them ahead of crucial fleet investment decisions.

It includes topics such as Euro-6 and beyond, ultra-low-emission zones and future fuels, and gives details of where operators can turn to for independent advice.

“It’s clear to many in the sector that the road transport industry has to become more environmentally aware than it is at present,” Fraikin sales director Colin Melvin told Freightinthecity.com.

“Operators with urban fleets understand this most, with a myriad of legislation coming into effect that will directly affect their operations.”

He added: “At Fraikin, we work hard to be ahead of this curve, offering fleet solutions that suit the requirements of any customer operating in an urban environment.”

The second guide available at the show will be ‘What You Need to Know on Vehicle Safety’ and will include information about recent developments such as the proposed direct vision standard in London, as well as refreshers and best practice surrounding the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Both 12-page guides are also available to download free of charge.

Fraikin said the new guidebooks revive a popular series of booklets it produced a decade ago on essential topics such as Driver CPC and digital tachographs, which saw tens of thousands of copies requested by fleets.

Further guidebooks in the range will be published later this year.


Fleet Source to focus on safe, low-emission driving skills at Freight in the City Expo

Training firm Fleet Source will be on hand at this year’s Freight in the City Expo to talk to delegates about its range of urban driving courses for commercial vehicle drivers.

LoCITY Driving, for example, is a Fors and DVSA-approved course that helps van and HGV drivers learn techniques to help mitigate their vehicles’ environmental impact on urban areas.

It focuses on the link between driving styles and fuel efficiency, journey planning, and alternative fuels.

Training is delivered as a one-day classroom-based course, complemented by separate e-learning modules for drivers and transport managers. It also counts towards a driver’s CPC requirement.

Other Fleet Source driver training courses include Safe Urban Driving, Van Smart and TruckSmart, which are all Fors-approved.

This year’s free-to-attend Freight in the City Expo will take place on Tuesday 7 November at Alexandra Palace, London.

It features a full day’s seminar programme, with an exciting exhibition of the latest urban vehicles, equipment and technology emerging onto the market to make deliveries cleaner, safer and quieter.

The expo will also be hosting TfL’s LoCITY progress event, which is an industry-led, five-year programme to increase understanding and uptake of low-emission commercial vehicles.

“We are thrilled to be involved in this year’s Freight in the City Expo,” said Nick Caesari, MD at Fleet Source. “The event provides a great opportunity to share our commitment to helping the commercial sector to reduce it’s impact on the environment.”

He added: “As London grows, so does traffic congestion and air pollution. This has a major and damaging impact on public health. Nearly 9,500 people die early each year in London because of poor air quality.

“Our LoCITY Driving course features classroom-based modules to help drivers and transport managers reduce the environmental impact of commercial vehicles.”

Cenex to showcase low emission projects at Freight in the City Expo

Cenex will be demonstrating its expertise on the low emission alternatives to medium and heavy goods vehicles by showcasing three of its key projects: ACCRA, Triumph and Dedicated to Gas.

Cenex will also display its offerings in real-world data collection, trial management/delivery, report writing and dissemination – aimed at fleet managers and any organisation with a fleet of medium and heavy goods vehicles.

Project ACCRA is a collaboration between Leeds City Council, Cenex, the Transport Systems Catapult, EarthSense, Dynniq, and Tevva Motors.

It showcases smart-city technology applications that demonstrate real-time emissions control, using live air-quality data to trigger electric hybrid engines to automatically switch to zero-emission mode in heavily polluted areas.

Dedicated to Gas involves trialling over 80 vehicles, ranging from 12-tonnes to 44-tonnes, between a number of logistics fleets such as Asda, Great Bear Distribution, Wincanton and Kuehne + Nagel.

The project will judge the viability of operating spark-ignited natural gas vehicles from an economic, environmental, logistical and fleet management perspective by tracking truck movements and fuel use, and undertaking portable emissions testing (PEMS).

Triumph, managed by Kuehne + Nagel, will involve running low emission trucks in urban-delivery scenarios.

A variety of drive trains will be tested, including range-extended vehicles, battery electric vehicles and unique Dearman liquid nitrogen-fuelled vehicles. The project aims to map the levels of urban pollution.

Cenex is already heavily involved in HGV trials and can offer knowledge sharing opportunities and access to a large network of industry contacts.

To find out more about Cenex’s services or current projects, come and talk to one of our representatives on stand S04.

Freightmaster celebrates FORS gold


Freightmaster Haulage and Storage has achieved gold level in FORS.

Based in North Lincolnshire, Freightmaster works on a range of contracts, with around half of its business involving the transportation of bespoke-cut concrete panels from a Lincolnshire-based manufacturer, to construction clients in London.

Freightmaster joined FORS in 2013, progressing to silver level soon after.

Freightmaster transport manager Jo Oakley said: “Initially, becoming a FORS member meant we could meet the tough demands of our construction clients and specifiers, who are working to higher and higher environmental and emissions standards.

“But we quickly realised that FORS fits with our business ethos and targets, for example, helping us to become more fuel efficient, and better train our drivers.”

Freightmaster said its 10-strong fleet had achieved a reduction in emissions and a cut in the number of PCNs issued to its drivers as a consequence of incorporating FORS best practice into its business.


Daimler launches all-electric Fuso eCanter truck in New York

Daimler has globally launched its all-electric truck in New York City, marking the vehicle’s entrance to the US, European and Japanese markets.

The Fuso eCanter has a range of 100kms and payload of around three tonnes.

Daimler hopes to deliver 500 eCanter units in the next two years, with a view to ramping up production in 2019.

Production of the trucks began in Tramagal, Portugal earlier this year, after trials of pre-series vehicles in the country and Germany between 2014 and 2017.

The truck made its UK debut at the Freight in the City Expo last year.

Speaking at the launch, Mitsubishi truck and bus corporation president Marc Llistosella, said: “In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric truck.

“Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our Fuso eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global Fuso dealership network.”

He added: “Our new Fuso eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution.”

At the global launch in New York, Daimler announced UPS would be the first commercial partner for the electric truck.

UPS president of global fleet maintenance and engineering Carlton Rose said: “At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet.

“Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter, adding to our already more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles in service today.

“We have a long-standing global relationship with Daimler, and we welcome the opportunity to trial the Fuso eCanter as UPS continues to realize the benefits of electric trucks.”

It will also supply vehicles to a range of not-for-profit organisations including the Wildlife Conservation Society and Habitat for Humanity.