Bradshaw Electric Vehicles bringing Goupil G4 to Freight in the City Expo

Bradshaw Electric Vehicles is to become the UK importer for the Goupil electric utility range and GEM Transportation vehicles and will be showcasing them at next month’s Freight in the City Expo.

Superseding G3 model, the new electric Goupil G4, which will be on display at Alexandra Palace on 2 November, offers a “unique driving experience compared to similar vehicles within this category” according to Bradshaw.

The model is described as compact, with a robust and ergonomic cab design, which Bradshaw said provides a high level of comfort and performance.

With a payload up to 1,200kg, maximum speed of 31mph and L7e certification, it is a viable option for many inner city applications.

There are 8 standard body options across the range including van body vehicles and high tip or cage body configurations, while their is an option of a Lithium-Ion battery to extend life cycle and provide efficient charging.

Simon Clipsham, general manager at Bradshaw, said: “We are excited to be taking on the Goupil and GEM range.  Primary markets include the increasing requirement for noise reduction within the waste industry and the growing demand for last mile delivery.

“We are currently looking to expand the UK dealer network for the distribution of the Goupil and GEM range.”

Also on display at Freight in the City will be Bradshaw’s pedestrian-controlled PFB1500 high tip waste collection vehicle, complete with aluminium high tip skip body with a tipping height of 1365mm and a width of just 1116mm, making this vehicle ideal for waste movement within pedestrian areas.

Bradshaw representatives will be on hand at the show to speak with visitors about any vehicle requirements they may have.

Make sure to book your free place today at theFreight in the City Expo.

Supermarkets and universities come together to encourage home deliveries

A research project aimed at driving down fuel emissions by encouraging home deliveries has been launched.

Three universities plus Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s have combined forces to investigate how the environmental benefits of home deliveries can be improved, with a view to developing a town-scale trial.

Professor David Cebon, director at the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight in Cambridge, said the 18-month project would concentrate on last-mile and grocery deliveries.

Despite an explosion in home deliveries over the last few years, Cebon said take-up among consumers remained relatively small.

He said: “We want to understand how we can get best advantage in terms of reduced fuel consumption and emissions by encouraging home deliveries.

“The obvious point is that shopping trips by family car are inefficient from the point of view of fuel consumption. So, if we can take 15 shopping trips and put them all into a home delivery vehicle, it takes a lot out of the system.”

The project runs until November 2017.

Denmark’s all-electric cargo trike to go on sale in the UK

An all-electric cargo trike is going on sale in the UK as a zero-emission, low-noise alternative for handling last-mile urban deliveries.

The Tripl, manufactured by Danish firm Trefor Drive, is designed to be easily manoeuvrable in narrow streets, with a 7.5m turning radius and a reverse function.

It has a top speed up to 28mph and can operate up to 60 miles per day on one charge, which takes between four and eight hours depending on the recharging infrastructure.

The Tripl can even be charged by plugging it into the wall, like you would a mobile phone, and is not dependant on specialist charging units.

It is powered by an 8KW/h Samsung lithium-ion battery and also features a 12V power outlet.

tripl3The Tripl’s 750-litre cargo area measures 1.25m long by 0.9m wide and 0.7m deep and can carry loads weighing up to 200kg.

It can be kitted out to suit a variety of operations, including heated and refrigerated interiors, tool racking systems and urban waste collection.

The vehicle is mounted and dismounted from a step-up platform at the rear with a height-adjustable seat, and is driven and parked in the same manner as a traditional scooter.

Trefor said the Tripl offers a total cost of ownership of 0.11 Euros/km (less than 10p).

It can also save operators in London money by being 100% exempt from the Congestion Charge and fully compliant with the pending Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Drawing the crowds at last month’s LoCity event in London, the firm told Freightinthecity that it had set its sights on the UK after the Tripl’s success elsewhere in Europe.tripl1

In Amsterdam, postal company Sandd has taken delivery of two units for its postmen to trial; the City of Fredericia in Denmark is using units for municipal servicing operations such as refuse collection; Danish Housing Association Bovia have bought 3 TRIPLs to use when maintaining grounds and homes; and in Copenhagen it is used as a mobile coffee bar in the town hall square.

Steen Meldgaard Laursen, sales director at Trefor Drive, told Freightinthecity that in the UK it would be looking to sell to operators working within last-mile deliveries, postal services, and the parcels sector.

Trefor is currently in talks with key operators looking to to trial the Tripl, while also establishing partners for servicing, spare parts and leasing. Orders placed now for the Tripl will see units delivered this summer, the manufacturer confirmed.




Garia launches electric-powered utility truck for city use

Danish golf cart manufacturer Garia has launched a new electric-powered utility truck for last-mile deliveries and urban operations.

Distributed by ePower Trucks, the road-legal Garia Utility City is a compact 1.31m wide and 3.23m long, with a turning radius of just 3.25m.

The flatbed has a payload of up to 740kg, with other body options including mesh cage, drop sides, tipper, and a fully enclosed van with rear and side doors.

Garia claims it is the first electric utility truck manufacturer to offer a Lithium-Ion battery pack as an option, replacing the standard 8x 6V lead acid pack. It said this reduces vehicle GVW, recharge time and battery maintenance, while increasing range between charges.

The vehicle has a top speed of 45kph (28mph) and a range of up to 75km (45miles) on a single charge.

Jerry Hanss, MD of ePower Trucks, said: “The Garia utility truck is a great vehicle that is ideal for last-mile deliveries and urban operations. The option of a Lithium-Ion battery is an industry first for this type of utility truck, further enhancing its appeal.”

Based in Oldham, Greater Manchester, ePower Trucks is a an electric vehicle distributor of models used in a range of last-mile urban delivery and estates management activities.




Freight in the City Spring Summit: road freight is vital to keep up with changing urban delivery demands

Learning to “love the truck” will help keep pace with changing consumer-driven delivery demands, delegates were told yesterday at the Freight in the City Spring Summit in Manchester.

Ian Stansfield, former Asda VP logistics services and supply chain, said the surge in online retail and changing consumer buying habits meant more just-in-time goods being delivered to urban areas rather than being taken to out-of-town stores.

“The whole shape of freight is changing massively,” explained Stansfield. “Consumers are shopping more locally, more frequently and when they go, they buy less.”

However, he said, one-third of deliveries to local stores or collection points face restrictions – such as preventing out-of-hours deliveries to take place – which “forces freight into congested times”.

Stansfield insisted that road haulage was playing a positive role in reducing vehicles from congested zones. He cited the example of a typical 3.5-tonne grocery home delivery van which takes, on average, 10 car journeys to the supermarket off the road, while a parcel delivery van could carry up to 50 separate packages – potentially removing 50 car journeys to a retailer.

“The consolidation of all those deliveries onto one vehicle is actually reducing emissions, reducing congestion and taking vehicles off the road,” said Stansfield.

Road transport operators had made huge strides in reducing vehicle movements and making them cleaner, safer and more efficient through better loadfill, collaboration and investment in technology, he added.

From an Asda perspective, this had seen the supermarket reducing road miles by 20 million over the past eight years, despite volumes growing by 35%.

“We just don’t shout enough about this. We don’t communicate this well to the general public and road freight continues to get a bad reputation,” added Stansfield.

He called for greater access around the clock to make deliveries and for the general public to embrace the efforts of the road transport sector.

“We need to learn to love the truck in the way we think about what we do in the future, we shouldn’t punish it, as it’s actually having a very positive impact on the amount of traffic on the roads”

EU project BESTFACT launches city logistics best-practice handbook

EU project BESTFACT has published a report covering its four-year study on sustainable city logistics.

The report, available to download for free, features 157 strategies and activities that promote efficient urban logistics in cities across Europe, including an analysis of 60 best-practice examples.

These include a study of Gnewt Cargo’s low-emission last-mile deliveries in London; a zero-emission beer boat and the Cargohopper electric-powered road train in Utrecht, Netherlands; and multi-use lanes for freight distribution in Balboa, Spain.

BESTFACT’s aim of researching best practice examples from European cities of different sizes was to help reduce negative environmental impact, improve transport efficiency and present the positive results of such measures.

The project said it was important that the best practice principles could be applied to other cities.

“Of course, there is no standard formula that is valid for all scenarios. A city or an enterprise must decide what concept best fits their particular needs,” says Marcel Huschebeck, project coordinator at PTV Group. “However, we could provide a basis for innovation and its implementation.”


Liberal Democrat London mayor hopeful Pidgeon backs rush-hour HGV ban

Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has called for a peak-time ban on HGVs in central London as part of a package of measures to reduce road freight movements in the capital.

If elected, Pidgeon wants to launch a new freight strategy for London that includes incentives for switching commercial deliveries to cargo bikes where appropriate, and encourages use of greener vehicles and the sharing of good practice across the industry.

She has lent her support to the recently passed London Assembly motion that called for a rush-hour ban on HGVs inside the congestion charging zone, subject to TfL’s impact assessment.

“We know that seven out of eight cycling fatalities in London this year involved collisions with lorries and that 40% of cycling fatalities involving lorries occur in the morning rush hour.

“Not only do HGVs tend to clog up the roads in central London, they are also dangerous for cyclists. Some form of peak time HGV ban, including construction traffic, could help ease congestion and make London’s roads safer,” Pidgeon said.

Making the switch to cargo bikes is also high on Pidgeon’s wish list, to try and mitigate the increase in van usage within the capital, which TfL predicts to rise by 22% between 2011 and 2030.

She said that research suggested 25% of commercial deliveries could be carried out by cargo bikes, which would help relieve freight traffic’s “considerable contribution” to London’s congestion challenge.

Consolidation centres would also play a larger role should Pidgeon be elected mayor, which she said played a successful part in the delivery of the London 2012 Olympics.

“The concept is that rather than everyone using their own vehicles to make deliveries to their final destinations in congested areas, a hub is created in a low congestion area where deliveries are brought to, before being redistributed or consolidated in a lower number of vehicles that then make the final part of the journey in a far more efficient way,” she said.

Pidgeon said consolidation centres have already been developed in some London boroughs since 2012, so “logistics know-how is being advanced”.

The consolidation centre at the Port of Tilbury could be used to increase the use of the River Thames for transporting freight, for example.

“We need to further develop and expand the use of consolidation centres so that it becomes far more comprehensive and includes a much larger proportion of light goods vehicle traffic,” Pidgeon added.







London Assembly investigating impact of van deliveries in the capital

The London Assembly is seeking views on the impact of the rising number of delivery vans on the capital’s roads.

In a survey launched last week, the assembly’s transport committee is seeking feedback on how vans contribute to traffic congestion, air quality and safety in London.

It also wants to understand which alternative delivery methods businesses and residents would consider and how much they would be willing to pay for more sustainable logistics.

This would include options such as Click & Collect, consolidation centres with last-mile delivery in a zero-emission vehicles and a move to enable more out-of-hours deliveries in London.

According to figures from Transport for London (TfL), light commercial traffic makes up 13% of all London’s road traffic, compared with 4% for HGVs and 1.7% for buses.

During the morning peak, this equates to around 7,300 vans per hour and 21.5% of traffic km.

Light commercial traffic is expected to increase by 22% between 2011 and 2031, while HGV traffic will remain static, which is attributed to the continued growth of online shopping.

Last week’s survey is the latest stage in a wider investigation underway by the London Assembly on the light commercial vehicle sector in the capital, which aims to work with all stakeholders to explore more sustainable delivery methods. It will be used to help shape TfL’s freight strategy.

The survey closes on 31 December.




Quiet & Efficient seminars draw the crowds at Freight in the City Expo

Last week’s Freight in the City Expo in London held a series of seminars exploring how urban logistics operations would need to evolve to service cities of the future, and looked at initiatives in place today that are already helping to drive this change.

David Beeton, MD of Urban Foresight, highlighted that London sees 280,000 freight journeys every day, compared with just 25,000 van deliveries a day in Amsterdam. “Companies need to create integrated urban platforms” – such as shared user consolidation hubs – to reduce the volume of freight, he said.

Gloria Elliot (pictured), chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, discussed quiet vehicle technology and said that delivery vehicles so quiet that no one can hear them are “not so far away”. Quieter engines and roll cages were among the technologies she listed as already changing the face of night-time deliveries. However, she added, the country needs more government incentives to encourage and further this work.

In a session on rethinking traditional deliveries, the FTA’s head of urban logistics Christopher Snelling discussed the threat of a London lorry ban. “Needless to say,” he told delegates, “the FTA is opposed to the idea.” He added that while there is “no magic fix” for the pressing issue of cyclist and HGV collisions in the capital, a switch to vans could prove just as dangerous, if not more so to cyclists because of the increased number of vehicles this would put on the roads.

Freddie Talberg, chief executive of Pie Mapping, discussed how restrictions on freight in London can cause confusion and, subsequently, ineffective route planning. He cited an example in which operator Wincanton had been using a 25-mile route around the city to reach a second delivery point that was just a couple of miles away.

In the collaboration session, Mark Fell, divisional manager for sustainable mobility at Transport and Travel Research, explained how a business model could be made around consolidating retail loads to town centres. He said that for it to function as a business model, however, the option should be given to public sector users first and retailers second because they have shorter decision-making chains and are “more into the sustainability agenda”.

Sean Kelly, director of strategic solutions at Wilson James, spoke on what a consolidation centre can offer construction projects. He said the construction industry had an outdated understanding of the logistics industry, and that further understanding and planning would assist construction projects immeasurably.

Paul Davison, principal consultant for sustainable freight and logistics at Aecom, explained how an active freight quality partnership can provide an ideal platform for businesses, operators and authorities to communicate about freight and protect the sustainable movement of goods, adding that they will be instrumental in the government’s Northern Powerhouse agenda.

The final collection of talks addressed final-mile delivery and problems that arise in cities in the final stages of the delivery process.

Rob King from cycle courier Outspoken Deliveries told delegates that cities are set to become increasingly pedestrianised, and put forward bicycle delivery couriers as a way to keep cities moving in this scenario.

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London from the FTA, gave advice to hauliers on handling parking penalty charge notices (PCNs). She said operators should keep a record of where PCNs have been awarded and use the data to identify their PCN “hot spots”, and tackle the issue from there by looking for alternative times or locations, or contact the local traffic authority.

Freight in the City Expo took place on 27 October at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Outspoken Delivery wins government funding to launch electric-assist cargo bike hire service

Outspoken Delivery is to hire out electric-assist cargo bikes in Norwich and Cambridge following a government initiative to boost the uptake of electric bikes in the UK.

The cycle logistics firm’s fleet of electric cargo bikes will be available for use by local businesses and individuals outside of its peak operational times. Typically this would be late afternoon, evenings and weekends.

Rob King, director of Cambridge-based Outspoken, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to allow members of the public to see the many benefits of using an electric-assist cargo bike. It might be individuals doing the weekly shop, or businesses with small local delivery needs that will be able to take advantage of this without some of the issues of high capital costs or storage.”

The scheme should be operational by the end of the year and will be offering three types of cargo bike:outspoken1

  • The Radkutsche Musketier (right)– a cargo trike that can carry up to 300kg. The company said this “awesome bike can carry large loads and operates like a small van”. Target users include students moving the contents of their flats to local businesses having small deliver needs.
  • Butchers & Bicycles cargo trike – straight out of Copenhagen, Outspoken said this trike leans around corners and is ideal for doing the shopping, taking the kids on the school run or delivering a round of magazines.
  • Maderna Truck – the truck is a two-wheeled cargo bike that is ideal for smallish loads of up to 100kg. Outspoken said it would be a good fit for doing the weekly shop or for a businesses looking to trial using a cargo bike for their own operation.

Outspoken’s scheme is one of 11 winning projects selected for the Carplus Shared Electric Bike Programme, funded by the Department for Transport, that will put 200 new electric bikes into the public domain. The project will follow the development of new projects to investigate the potential for shared electric bikes to:

  • Help more people make door-to-door journeys on shared and public transport;
  • Reduce congestion, demand for parking and pressure on the transport system;
  • Reduce pollution, CO2 emissions and improve air quality;
  • Encourage more people to try or return to cycling, and for people to cycle more often;
  • Improve health and well being, whilst stimulating community cohesion.