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Commercial Vehicle Engineer is the multi-award-winning online monthly for road transport engineers and fleet managers, delivering a unique blend of independent, well-informed analysis, hard-hitting comment and news on the commercial vehicle market and aftermarket. The JUNE 2019 edition is now online.

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JUNE 2019 EDITION UPDATE

A leading battery and vehicle manufacturer from China has come from nowhere in Europe to top-seller in the burgeoning market for electric buses in the space of little more than five years. Now BYD is preparing to launch European-specification electric trucks and vans as well. In the latest edition, now online, we report from the plant in Hungary where they will be built, alongside complete buses and the chassis already being bodied with great success by Alexander Dennis in the UK.

Headline news from the latest annual Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) show in Liverpool is of a name change due to be finalised by the end of October. The organisation’s chief executive explains why there is much more to this than just another rebranding exercise. FPS member companies at present collectively deliver around 3.9 billion litres of kerosene annually in the UK and Irish Republic. The scale of this business is not about to change as a result of decarbonisation, he confidently forecasts, but the nature of the liquid carried in many FPS tankers surely will.

People in the news this month include Alexander Dennis boss Colin Robertson, following the company’s surprise sale to NFI of Canada; former Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK sales director Vinnie Connolly, joining Scania (Great Britain) to fill a vacancy created by Andrew Jamieson’s move in the opposite direction, to head a Mercedes truck and van dealer group; and Bibby Distribution driver Mark Field, winner of the coveted Microlise 2019 driver-of-the-year award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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June 2019

3 Comment
Beware snake-oil sold off the back of a decarbonisation bandwagon. New trucks powered by diesel engines could be banned in the UK by the year 2040 if the government follows recommendations published recently by the influential National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The Freight Transport Association (FTA) accepts this as a "feasible target for the logistics industry", provided there is enough government support. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is less convinced, describing the NIC recommendations as "simplistic" because they fail to make clear what government has to do to make moves to diesel alternatives realistic. But scarcely anyone now disputes one of the central points made by the NIC report as well as by many others more widely: that effective action on carbon emissions and air quality is needed urgently. For commercial vehicle operators this means greater pressure than ever before to find alternatives to diesel and petrol engines. One thing that all operators would be well-advised not to do in the face of such pressure is react with undue haste. Snake-oil sales pitches invariably turn out to be even more venomous in this field than in others. Members of the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (soon to be renamed the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association) are by no means the only ones who ought to pay heed to the wise counsel offered by the organisation's chief executive. Make the right choice for your operation at the right time, advises Guy Pulham. Now might not be the right time. There are no quick and easy solutions. Much depends on the specific requirements of each particular operation. It is clear, for instance, that there are far more viable alternatives to diesel for light commercial vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes gvw) than there are for heavier trucks. It is equally clear, not least from a painstaking assessment published recently by the RHA, that the move to Euro VI diesel engines is already resulting in dramatic real-world cuts in truck emissions of particulates and oxides of nitrogen. Yet still in the eyes of the public all diesel engines, regardless of their Euro standard and including even those now happily running on ultra-eco-friendly HVO, are seen as the villains of the piece. Guy Pulham is right. A lot more education on this subject is sorely needed.

6 Points of view
Why fork-lift exams are not as thorough as you may think. An overtime culture putting lives at risk. Are you and your drivers prepared for this September CPC deadline?

10 News
Alexander Dennis bought by Canada's NFI Group in £320 million deal.

12 Equipping the operation
Safety and delivery times to the fore at Harrogate tipper show.

16 In pole position for Europe's race towards zero emissions?
BYD was set up in 1995 as a battery manufacturer in China with no more than 20 employees. Today there are more than 200,000 employees worldwide and the group's European division is top-seller in a fast-expanding market for electric buses. New BYD electric trucks and vans will go on sale in Europe within the next year. Tim Blakemore went to the company's truck and bus assembly plant in Hungary to find out more.

20 Renaissance for fuel distributors in decarbonisation drive
Far from fearing that their very existence may soon be under threat from a groundswell of public opposition to all fossil fuels, members of the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers have a clearly thought out vision of the central part they can play in helping to tackle the climate-change crisis. Tim Blakemore went to the latest FPS Expo in Liverpool to find out why and how.

23 News from the north
Trucks taking pride of place in this month's TruckScot Scenery include a new Daf XF 6x2 at Drysdale Freight; a Volvo FL250 4x2 skiploader at David Ritchie & Sons of Aviemore; and a Mercedes Actros 2551 run by Alan Davie of Forfar.

26 News from the north
Advice from our learned friend the Transport News Truck Advocate on O-licence application advertisements; digital tachograph download delays; and "invalid" Driver CPC training courses.

27 People and jobs
Vinnie Connolly is the new truck sales director at Scania (Great Britain). Andrew Jamieson leaves Scania to succeed Simon Elliott as Intercounty Truck & Van boss. Former CV Show sales and marketing manager David Crawford is now commercial vehicle consultant at ITT Hub 2020.

 
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