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Electra Commercial Vehicles takes on landmark order for 27 electric RCVs from Manchester City Council and BIFFA

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Blackburn-based Electra Commercial Vehicles has announced that Biffa has purchased 27 Electras for its Manchester City Council waste management agreement. This investment is the most significant purchase of electric refuse collection vehicles ever in the UK. Manchester City Council will replace almost half of its refuse collection vehicles with Electras. The electric refuse collection vehicles are based on an...

Survey of HGV Fleet Managers shows less than 25% are ready for Direct Vision Standard and HGV Permit Scheme.

HGV Permit Scheme
Vehicle and fleet technology specialists CameraMatics conducted an anonymous, independent survey on the level of readiness for the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and HGV Permit Scheme.  The new scheme will require all HGVs over 12 tonnes GVW to hold a valid permit to operate in or enter the Greater London area.   Responses were received from over 700 UK HGV Fleet Managers who have HGVs entering or operating in the Greater...

Urbaser Ltd launches state of the art commercial collections service

Urbaser
UK municipal waste and cleansing services provider, Urbaser Ltd, has launched its own commercial waste management and recycling collection division, Urbaser Ltd Commercial Services (ULCS) incorporating the latest paperless in-cab technology and bin-weighing systems to monitor collections and help customers improve their green credentials. ULCS, which offers the full range of trade recycling and waste collection services, is...

New Electric Nation project allows your EV to power your home and support the electricity network

Electric nation
Western Power Distribution (WPD), in partnership with CrowdCharge, is today launching the next phase of Electric Nation with a new Vehicle to Grid (V2G) trial across the Midlands, South West and South Wales. The electric vehicle trial is opening up recruitment for domestic V2G users by offering the free installation of smart chargers worth £5,500 to Nissan electric vehicle (EV)...

Calor plugs in with its first zero-emission FUSO eCanter

Calor is one of the UK’s best-known gas suppliers but the ground-breaking FUSO eCanter now delivering its bottled butane and propane to customers in central London relies on battery power. As well as producing zero exhaust emissions, the fully electric 7.5-tonner is exceptionally quiet, smooth to drive, and highly cost-effective to run. The truck...

Telematics Data from VisionTrack highlights increased levels of speeding amongst fleet and road transport drivers

Visiontrack
Vehicle data taken from VisionTrack’s IoT platform backs recent motoring research and Police figures that points towards drivers increasingly flouting the speed limit during the coronavirus crisis. In fact, the findings show that fleet and road transport drivers are amongst those speeding during the lockdown, with overall incidents increasing by 2.61% despite a 22.6% reduction in the...

Service station updates on the Traffic England website to ensure smoother journeys

Motorway
Hauliers moving vital supplies across the UK can view daily service station updates on the Traffic England website to ensure smoother journeys, thanks to an update from Thales and WSP’s joint venture, Network Information Services (NIS).  On behalf of Highways England, the information updates show the current availability of service stations across England to keep people informed when...

BVRLA issues guide to support industry’s safe return to work

BVRLA
The BVRLA has published an operating guide to support those working in the vehicle rental and leasing sectors as businesses in England start to resume operations following lockdown. Employers are taking steps to change processes, procedures and even entire business models to ensure that they can operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 20-page guide provides sector-specific advice tailored...

Automotive production lines get rolling again

SMMT news
The UK automotive manufacturing has announced its preparedness to get production lines rolling again, with the publication of new sector-specific guidance1 by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The best-practice advice will help to ensure all automotive production sites are safe spaces for workers, controlling the risk of transmission.  The new guidance covers the complete automotive...

En-Veco prepares for a surge in demand as Nissan embraces high-volume Voltia electric van

En-Veco
Environmental vehicle conversions specialist En-Veco has welcomed today’s (7 May) joint launch by Nissan and electrified urban delivery leader Voltia of the high-volume, zero-emission van it builds in the West Midlands. Newly rebranded as the e-NV200 XL Voltia, the vehicle’s official adoption by Nissan means it will now be sold directly by the automaker’s dealers throughout Europe. En-Veco is...