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Largest-ever retrofit order for Allison’s FuelSense 2.0 software creates Biffa huge fuel savings for its RCV fleet

Allison Transmission will retrofit FuelSense 2.0 software to 493 Dennis Eagle and Mercedes-Benz Econic trucks for leading waste management company Biffa. 

Competition winners to deliver the UK’s first hydrogen transport trials in Tees Valley

Hydrogen transport pilots in the Tees Valley area will establish the UK as a leader in the technology and propel us towards our net-zero goals, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on 7 August 2021, as he unveiled the winners of a £2.5 million R&D competition.

Government funding for hydrogen-fuelled fire trucks in Oxfordshire

ULEMCo, the hydrogen fuel specialist, has been awarded government funding with its partners to produce an optimised design for specialised hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. Working with Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) and its Fire and Rescue Service, ULEMCo will design the fuel cell…

Electra supplies the first two electric refuse collection vehicles for rural trials in Scotland

SP Energy Networks and Dumfries & Galloway Council are piloting the UK’s first two Electra fully electric refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) for rural applications.

Hino selects Allison fully automatic transmissions for new heavy-duty trucks in Australia

Allison Transmission Japan, a designer and manufacturer of conventional and electrified vehicle propulsion solutions, has announced that Allison 3000 Series and 4000 Series transmissions have been selected for the FS, FY and the new FH and FR models of Hino Motors’ HINO 700 Series heavy-duty trucks for the Australian market.

Go Plant Fleet Services supplies four Dennis Eagle RCVs to Hyndburn Borough Council

Following an open tender process via the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Go Plant Fleet Services has recently delivered four new Dennis Eagle RCVs into Hyndburn Borough Council.  Hyndburn BC now has a fleet of ten high specification RCVs to service the…

Refuse Vehicle Solution Delivers the first electric conversion vehicle for Paper Round

Paper Round, part of BPR Group, has received its fully electric-conversion vehicle from Refuse Vehicle Solution (RVS). The company is committed to transforming the future of resource management, and the switch to electric refuse collection vehicle is a significant step in achieving this goal.

Islington takes delivery of first fully electric cage tippers

Islington Council has received the borough’s first fully electric cage tippers to electrify the Council’s fleet of vehicles further. The 7.5-tonne vehicles produce no exhaust emissions and help ensure that local people have cleaner, healthier air to breathe.

Reach your target audience with Fleet Vision International – your all-round quality marketing solution

Fleet Vision International (FVI), the magazine aimed at fleet, transport, and operational and workshop depot directors/managers who deal with sophisticated commercial fleets and frontline services, calls out for editorial contributions for our Autumn issue. You can be part of this and showcase your products and services in front of senior fleet officials.

Ford Guinness Book of Records

World record for all-electric Ford Mustang

Ford’s latest all-electric car, the Mustang Mach-E, has become a Guinness World Record holder after driving between John O’Groats and Land’s End with only two charges. Independently verified data showed that the Ford Mustang Mach-E travelled over 6.5 miles per…

Fleet Vision International Summer 2021, Q3 has been published

Fleet Vision International Summer 2021, Q3 has been published.

North Northants Council replaces waste and recycling fleet

The new unitary authority, North Northamptonshire Council, is updating its waste and recycling fleet with a vehicle replacement programme comprising over 110 vehicles.

Specialist Fleet Services (SFS) was awarded the contract to provide and maintain the vehicles and workshop management services. Previously, SFS worked for Kettering and Corby Borough Councils, both of which are now part of the newly formed North Northamptonshire Council and Wellingborough and East Northants Councils.

Identifying the right transition technologies for your fleet at OWL Midlands

Discover how transition technologies such as biofuels, additives and blends can help your operation reduce emissions without capital expenditure at OWL Midlands.

Electra signs MOU with Proton Power Systems for the production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Electra Commercial Vehicles has signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Proton Motor Power Systems, a producer of hydrogen fuel cells and electric hybrid systems with a zero-carbon footprint, to develop zero-emission fuel cell trucks in the UK and Ireland.…

An educational journey towards an electric future

OWL Midlands, held on July 8 at New Hall in Sutton Coldfield, will have the new ‘Dennis to the Rescue’ mobile classroom on show. Attendees will also discover the benefits of switching over to electric refuse collection vehicles.

Support grows for Mellor’s ‘big bus bias’ campaign

Following its criticism, earlier this month of the Department for Transport’s (DfT’s) latest round of restrictive funding for smaller size-appropriate zero-emissions buses, Rochdale-based bus manufacturer, Mellor, has received substantial backing for its ‘big bus bias’ campaign from industry bodies, charities…

Daimler Trucks begins rigorous testing of its hydrogen fuel-cell truck for long haul applications

Daimler Trucks focuses on hydrogen-powered fuel-cells for the electrification of its vehicles for flexible and demanding long-haul transport.

DriverMetrics publishes ‘Improving Driver Well-being: A Guide for Managers’

A new white paper authored by DriverMetrics Research Director, Dr Lisa Dorn, is designed to help managers understand key concepts around mental health and its impact in the workplace. In particular, it focuses on the effect that poor mental health has on driver behaviour and provides practical advice on managing and improving fleet safety.

NRG and RTR deliver the first Electra RCV in the South West to MJ Church

NRG Fleet Services and its hire division Riverside Truck Rental (RTR) have supplied Wiltshire-based waste disposal, plant hire and civil engineering company MJ Church with the first Electra fully-electric refuse collection truck in the South West. The RCV will save six tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere each year, according to calculations from manufacturer Electra Commercial Vehicles.

Ford, Venari Group and NHS Essex develop vaccine Transit to reach vulnerable communities

The NHS in Essex has teamed up with Ford, Venari Group, and local community health leaders to roll out a vital initiative across Mid and South Essex, delivering COVID-19 vaccines to communities vulnerable to COVID-19 that might face barriers to accessing traditional healthcare services.

What Is Coming Up In FVI Summer 2021?

Fleet Vision International (FVI), the magazine aimed at fleet, transport, and operational and workshop depot directors/managers who deal with sophisticated commercial fleets and frontline services, is calling out for editorial contributions for our Summer issue. Every quarter, we send FVI…

Gangelt fire department takes delivery of the first new appliance with updated ALPAS superstructure

German firefighting manufacture Ziegler has delivered TLF 4000 tanker to the Gangelt fire department. This truck is the first to have the new ALPAS superstructure, and it features the new Z-Control operating system.

Isuzu cleans up with fleet deal for Dawsongroup Sweepers

Dawsongroup Sweepers has recently received ten new Isuzu 7.5-tonne RCV’s as part of its latest fleet upgrade and expansion programme.  Twenty new Isuzu 7.5-tonne tippers will follow this initial order, delivered later on in the year. As part of the…

CMS SupaTrak passes ISO 45001 certification and demonstrates its commitment to safety

Connected fleet specialist CMS Supatrak passed its ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management accreditation with flying colours. The telematics platform solutions provider reached through the audit without a single major or minor non-conformance.

Allison Transmission and Emergency One collaborate on electric axle integration for fire appliances

Allison Transmission, a designer and manufacturer of conventional, hybrid and electric vehicle propulsion solutions, in collaboration with Emergency One (UK), a UK manufacturer, service and support of fire and rescue vehicles, have announced a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Ziegler wins international automotive design award

The German manufacturer of fire trucks, Ziegler, has won this year’s iF Design Award for the Z-Class, Z-Cab AiR, Z-Turret and ALPAS. The jury handed out the award in the discipline Product and the category Automobiles/vehicles. Z-Control of the latest…

Zero-emission trucks: industry and environmentalists call for binding targets for infrastructure

ruck makers and environmentalists have joined forces to push for the deployment of 11,000 charging points for electric trucks across the EU by 2025, rising to 42,000 by 2030. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) and Transport & Environment (T&E) made this call to the European Commission in a joint letter.

Basque firefighting and rescue service invests in major vehicle upgrade

The Vizcaya Provincial Council in the Galicia province in Spain has invested seven million euros in its Fire Prevention, Firefighting and Rescue Service. Almost 25% of the existing fleet will be replaced by new trucks, enhancing efficiency and improving rapid response.

DPF Gate – call for stricter MOT diesel particulate filter testing to reduce harmful particulate matter

The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality calls for the UK Government to implement stricter legislation around DPF testing during MOTs to reduce particulate matter emissions. The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality estimates that this measure could save the UK around 1000 tonnes of particulate matter PM2.5 per year based on research carried out in The Netherlands.

Have you read Fleet Vision International, Spring 2021, yet?

The fourth issue of the thought-leading magazine for front-line fleet operations and essential services is available. Read your copy today, and don’t hesitate to share it with colleagues.

Meritor Consortium awarded £15.9 million toward £31.9 Million project to develop United Kingdom’s low carbon capability

Meritor has announced that it is the recipient of the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Core Competition Program in the UK to partially fund Meritor’s 17Xe™ electric powertrain system heavy-duty electric trucks and buses equipped with a single drive axle.

What’s in a word? Why it is essential to be fully informed about automatics

When deciding which vehicles to buy or lease, it is crucial to be fully confident you are making the best component choices. That you are fully up-to-speed on the differences in performance, usability and running costs, yet, there is one significant technology that not all truck fleet operators are fully aware of, comments Allison Transmission’s, Nathan Wilson.

Hambleton invest in greener waste and recycling vehicles

Local population growth, increased recycling quantities and extensive new residential developments have led Hambleton District Council to expand its refuse and recycling collection fleet with vehicles part-powered by electricity to reduce carbon emissions.

Halton Housing, Widnes, renews its vehicle contract hire framework

Halton Housing, a Northwest housing association with over 7,000 homes across Widnes and Runcorn, has recently completed the re-tendering of its vehicle contract hire framework. The framework will last for four years and covers a range of vehicles from small cars to 26-tonne refuse vehicles and plant and specialist vehicles.

Introduction of E10 petrol could save 750 kilotons of carbon a year – equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off our roads

Introduction of E10 petrol could save 750 kilotons of carbon a year – equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off our roads

Today’s announcement that E10 petrol is to be introduced from September 2021 is a significant step towards the decarbonisation of existing cars in the UK, on the way to our 2050 net-zero target.

Southampton City Council selects eSwingos to help meet carbon reduction targets

Southampton City Council has received the first of four all-electric eSwingo compact sweepers from Aebi Schmidt UK to help meet its environmental objectives under its Green City Plan 2030.

Leadership special – Breaking down barriers to entry

Improving the diversity and inclusivity of the fleet industry is essential if the sector is to remain innovative and dynamic as we move into the next decade, Nathan Wilson from Allison Transmission tells Fleet Vision International. Words by Ann-Marie Knegt.

Clearing the air in Nottingham

Poor air quality accounts for up to 36,000 deaths each year in the UK. Around 400 of these deaths are in Nottingham. Matt Ralfe from Nottingham City Council, tells FVI how the council has put air quality and sustainability at the heart of its agenda and transformed its fleet in just four years.

Volvo launches new crew cab for fire service vehicles – FM and FX

The new Volvo FM and Volvo FMX trucks have now been designed as fire service vehicles with a crew cab for up to nine people. 

The new variants of the two models, developed in close cooperation with bodybuilders and the emergency services, have many improvements designed explicitly for fire service vehicles.

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Fleet Vision International, Winter 2021, has been published

The third edition of the new thought-leading magazine for front-line fleet operations and essential services has now been published. Read your copy today and don’t hesitate to share it with colleagues.

Rosenbauer and Renault launch a new wildland firefighting truck

Rosenbauer and Renault Trucks have presented a new wildland firefighting vehicle. 

It meets both category 3 of EN 1846-2 for all-terrain firefighting vehicles and specific requirements for protecting the vehicle crew, as defined for example in the French standard NFS 61-517 or NFS 61-518. This standard includes the requirement for a thermal self-protection system and driver’s cab equipped with a rollover cell. With its compact dimensions, low centre of gravity and single tires, the all-wheel-drive vehicle is ideal for rough terrain. The special firefighting equipment on board makes the extinguishing agents extraordinarily cost-effective and efficient. Plus, the crew can fight the fire using a turret mounted on the bumper and controlled from the cab without exiting the vehicle.

The first 44-tonne hydrogen tractor-trailer hits the road

Belgian logistics company, Colruyt is the first to test a 44-tonne electric hydrogen truck in Europe. Dutch company VDL built the HGV, and it only emits water vapour and works with green hydrogen, generated with green power. The vehicle’s fuel cell converts hydrogen into electricity to recharge the batteries while moving.

Yorwaste launches ‘in-cab’ camera system for increased safety

Commercial waste management company, Yorwaste, has fitted live camera recording systems to its fleet of vehicles to enhance safety and mitigate false insurance claims. The system also features a fifth in-cab camera, the footage from which can be used as evidence in any incidents.

New Re-Gen academy provides transformational training and development support to local authority waste teams

Re-Gen Waste, working in partnership with CIWM, is launching the Re-Gen Academy has launched a transformational support initiative to provide useful and engaging learning and development opportunities to individuals working in local authorities.

Renault Trucks hands over the first electric ZE truck to Carlsberg Group

Switzerland, Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks, handed over a 100% electric D Wide ZE to Thomas Amstutz, CEO of Feldschlösschen, a subsidiary of the Carlsberg Group on 24th November 2020 in Rheinfelden.

Remondis UK gets first front-end-loader with c-trace dynamic weighing system

The first Remondis front-end-loader (FEL) waste collection vehicle fitted with c-trace’s dynamic weighing system has been delivered to the company’s site at Doncaster.  The vehicle will collect commercial waste and recycling on well-established rounds in the South Yorkshire area.   The…

Boston BC chooses SFS as ‘most cost-effective’ for maintenance contract

Boston Borough Council has awarded specialist Fleet Services a seven-year maintenance contract. As part of the agreement, SFS is making a considerable investment into the local community by creating a brand-new workshop for the authority.

NRG Fleet Services and Hills Waste Solutions combine strengths to provide a service and maintenance facility as part of a £10 million waste treatment hub in Wiltshire

NRG Fleet Services and Hills Waste Solutions have opened up a high-tech workshop and servicing facility in Calne, Wiltshire. The new location will provide NRG with excellent access to offer increased services to clients in the South from a strategic location on the M4 corridor.

Adapting emergency services to COVID-19 at the Emergency Services Show 2021

Transformational change in the emergency services, driven by the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the fast pace of technological innovation being introduced to the sector, is set to be a central theme of The Emergency Services Show, which returns to Hall 5 and the outdoor area at the NEC, Birmingham from 27 to 28 April 2021.

Safer operations, lower emissions, increased compliance, and reduced cost

OWL Midlands on November 12 offers many ways of improving your fleet and waste operations. The OWL Master Classes are FREE and CILT-CPD-accredited. Here, we offer you an overview of some of the highlights. Sign up now, to not miss out on this fantastic event.

Electra delivers Scotland’s first fully electric RCV to North Lanarkshire Council

Electra Commercial Vehicles has provided Scotland’s first entirely operational electric RCV to North Lanarkshire Council. Electra’s strategic partner Riverside Truck Rental will be supporting the new truck from its Bells Hill Depot with its HV4-trained technicians. North Lanarkshire’s Electra has…

Venari launches Ziegler Z-Class air crash tender despite AFOA conference delay

Venari Group has announced that the Ziegler Group Z-Class ARFFV is now available to the UK’s aviation firefighting sector, despite the postponement of the Airport Fire Officers’ Association (AFOA) conference, where it was set to be revealed to the UK market.

Worcestershire County Council prepares for winter with six new Mercedes-Benz Arocs spreaders

Dealer group Rygor Commercials has supplied three new-generation Mercedes-Benz Arocs 2630Ks equipped with an Econ body and MirrorCam technology instead of conventional mirrors. Rygor will deliver three trucks more before the end of the year.

Sid Sadique launches a rising star in the North

Prominent national entrepreneur Sid Sadique has stepped up to relaunch Mercedes-Benz dealership Roanza Truck & Van as eStar Truck & Van, which will also become the first Electra Commercial Vehicles authorised dealership.

Dennis Eagle RCVs delivered to Southampton City Council

Nine Dennis Eagle diesel RCVs have been delivered to Southampton City Council in line with the goals of its Green City Charter.

The council ordered seven Elite 6×2 rear-steer vehicles with Olympus 21m3 bodies fitted with Terberg OmniTRADE bin lifts and two Elite 4×2 narrow vehicles with Olympus 10m3 bodies and Terberg OmniDEL Electric bin lifts.

ULEMCo to deliver hydrogen-fuelled spreaders for Glasgow City Council

ULEMCo, the company pioneering the adoption of ultra-low emission hydrogen fuel in the UK, has commenced the most massive single deployment of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles yet seen. The move follows an order secured with Scottish company James A Cuthbertson, to transform Glasgow City Council’s existing fleet and some new spreaders to be hydrogen enabled.

WCRAQ Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Working Party launch

The Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality’s Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Working Party was the second of six launches this August. The meeting was attended by prominent industry experts and academics specialising in air monitoring across the field, including Electra…

DPD to start a pilot of fully electric Volta delivery trucks in London

Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer, Volta Trucks, will soon begin a pilot test of its anticipated Volta Zero with parcel delivery firm DPD. The Volta Zero will be trialled within London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone in Q1-2021, supporting its micro-depot approach…

A roadmap to reducing air pollution from transport

CMS SupaTrak, OWL, and the Westminster Commission for Road Air Quality are calling for all refuse collection vehicles operated by councils and private waste operators in the UK to be fitted with air quality monitoring equipment.

Immersive interactive training included within the FORS Standard

FORS members and training providers can now apply to have an immersive interactive training course approved by FORS. The organisation implemented this to help FORS members meet the HGV and van driver work-related road risk (WRRR) requirement as stipulated in the FORS Standard at Silver level.