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  • It’s tough for council policymakers as they try to introduce clean air zones. Introducing regulations restricting diesel vehicle access, while running municipal fleets powered by diesel, are seen as hypocritical and undemocratic. The answer is not about the type of fuel, but the van's real-world emissions, argues AIR

  • A highly challenging topography with inclines of up to 17.5 percent (1-in-7) and a high degree of utilisation – regular bus service operations in the University town of Tübingen, Germany, must withstand extreme demands.
     
  • Volvo Buses is now giving a second life to batteries from electric buses. The project is a step towards circular economy in electromobility creating new commercial possibilities for companies.

  • Hard on the heels of its entry into the urban electric truck market, Volvo Trucks now plans heavy-duty electric vehicles for construction and regional distribution and has developed two concept trucks.

  • Birmingham Airport has replaced all the diesel buses used on its passenger car park shuttles with six electric buses. It is the first UK airport to convert to electric operation.

  • Geotab buys Intendia to strengthen its European position in tachograph and the heavy-duty truck market
  • MAN Truck & Bus - one of the first European commercial vehicle manufacturers to successfully put e-mobility on the road together with its customers - is following up with a small production run of the MAN TGM 26.360 E LL distribution truck

  • After overwhelming demand, Chelmsford, Essex-based Tevva Motors is opening direct lease or purchase build slots under the Electrify campaign with availability starting later in 2020.

  • Ticketer has bought Norwegian ticketing company FARA, which also has offices in Poland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The investment will increase the company’s product portfolio and strengthen its expansion into mainland Europe.

  • Innovation & Technology in Transport (ITT Hub) is enjoying a bumper crop of new stand signings in the last few weeks, ahead of next year’s event

  • All political parties should pledge to support the logistics sector on its journey to decarbonisation, according to the FTA. It has launched the industry's own election manifesto – Logistics for Britain – detailing 10 'policy asks' of the future government, including the development of alternatively-fuelled vehicles
  • At Solutrans 2019 (Lyon, France) the International Van of the Year (IVOTY) jury launched a White Paper booklet entitled ‘The Evolution of the Light Commercial Vehicle in the Urban Environment’.

  • A two-year UK research project to assess the viability of biomethane in heavy goods vehicles has saved over 1,400 tonnes of well-to-wheel CO2e emissions compared to diesel in a two-year trial
  • Thermo King has revealed new hybrid refrigeration systems designed to lower environmental impact and reduce operating costs of road transport.

  • First Bus is working with Yutong and Zenobe in an electric bus partnership, which in May 2020, will roll out nine new Yutong E10 10.8m electric single-deckers in Leeds

     

     

  • The introduction of high-powered electric vehicle chargers by Shell Recharge and BP Chargemaster across UK service stations means that Yutong electric coaches and buses can now be charged away from base

  • New battery is double the capacity of existing technologies and means double the vehicle range from the same size of battery pack. Significantly, Nikola has taken an unprecedented position to share the IP with all other OEMs, even competitors, which could see the technology in a range of vehicles and devices

  • Think Logistics has launched a series of compelling films to show young people the variety of career opportunities available across the sector through the voices of people like them

  • International transport firm DWP & Sons has become the first in the UK to use Schmitz Cargobull’s latest technology to its fleet, adding 17 new tri-axle reefers fitted with the manufacturer’s most efficient cooling unit.

  • With just six months to go until ITT Hub 2020 opens its doors next May, Mark Griffin, CEO of event organiser Binswood Media speaks with ITTHub.net to reflect on progress to date and to share his ambitions for the new event