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Landmark Tevva launch delivers the UK’s first hydrogen electric truck

Electric and hydrogen truck pioneer Tevva has launched the first hydrogen fuel cell-supported heavy goods vehicle (HGV) to be manufactured, designed and mass produced in the UK. The Tilbury-headquartered firm unveiled its hydrogen electric vehicle alongside its latest full-battery electric HGV at the Road Transport Expo. Hydrogen has been used safely in buses and other vehicles in more than 20 countries for many years and has a higher energy density than lithium-ion batteries or even diesel.  Because of these properties, it is particularly attractive for use in larger, commercial vehicles. On-boarding diverse hydrogen suppliers Tevva is on-boarding diverse hydrogen suppliers that can provide innovative and hydrogen services to cater to the needs of its growing customer base. Tevva CEO...[Read More]

Northern Platforms signs up for a new Mercedes Atego

The dependable performance of its Mercedes trucks, coupled with positive feedback from their drivers, helps to keep Northern Platforms and Stagings at the top of its game. So, when the Aberdeenshire scaffolder needed another 7.5-tonner, its first call was to the manufacturer’s representative in the north of Scotland. The new Atego is the fourth that the Peterhead-based firm has purchased from BLS Truck and Van since the dealer’s appointment in 2018. Truck is an 816 variant with ClassicSpace S-cab Like its predecessors, the truck is an 816 variant with ClassicSpace S-cab and a 5.1-litre engine that produces 156 hp and is paired with a smooth and fuel-efficient Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated manual transmission.  Its platform body was built in Mirfield by Advance Commercial Bodie...[Read More]

BJ Waters commissions a pair of Mercedes Actros trucks

Bulk tipping and hazardous load specialist, BJ Waters is running two new Mercedes Actros tractor units with resilient steel bumpers and raised ride heights designed to restrict damage when working on rough sites. The operator is based in Matlock, Derbyshire, and purchased the latest additions to its fleet from East Midlands dealer Mertrux Truck and Van.  BJ Waters has favoured Mercedes trucks in the past, but these are its first since 2015. Key to the fourth-generation family firm’s decision to renew its association with the three-pointed star was the fuel-efficient performance of a pair of dealer demonstration units, which also attracted very positive driver feedback. Run a combined fleet of almost 100 trucks BJ Waters and its sister company Geo Siddall (Transport), which was a...[Read More]

Samworth Brothers take delivery of MAN TGX trucks

Leicestershire-based Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has taken delivery of their first batch of New Generation MAN TGX trucks. The tasty duo enters the fleet following the success of a demonstrator vehicle which impressed Samworth Brothers with its competitive fuel efficiency, impressive uptime record and the high amount of positive driver feedback. The latest additions to enter the temperature-controlled distribution specialist’s fleet are new generation TGX 26.470 6×2 tractors, featuring the popular GM cabs.  They have been supplied by MAN’s direct sales function, PDI, and preparation was carried out by MAN Truck & Bus Nuneaton. ‘Number of older generation MAN Trucks on the fleet’ Paul Marrow, the operations director at Samworth Brothers, said: “...[Read More]

Volvo showcases its new hydrogen-powered truck

Volvo Trucks has showcased its new zero-emissions truck that only emits water vapour, produces its own electricity onboard and has a range of up to 1,000 km (621 miles).  All of this is possible with fuel cells powered by hydrogen, and Volvo has started to test vehicles using this new technology. The firms says that its hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric trucks will be suitable for long distances and heavy, energy-demanding assignments. To decarbonise transport, Volvo already offers battery electric trucks and trucks that run on renewable fuels, such as biogas.  Later this decade, a third CO2-neutral option will be added to its product portfolio – fuel cell electric trucks powered by hydrogen. ‘We have been developing this technology’ The President of Volvo Trucks, Roger A...[Read More]

Scania launches electric solutions for regional transport

Scania has revealed the next step on its electrification journey with new battery electric trucks and a solutions-focused sales approach to encourage customers make the switch and electrify their regional operations. The new trucks come with an improved driveline, batteries and charging capability, and are available in R and S sleeper cabs and as a 4×2 tractor or as 6×2*4 rigid. Scania will also support customers by being their single point of contact, to guarantee the approach and implementation of any solution that suits their business and operations. ‘Introduction represents a major milestone for us’ Christian Levin, Scania’s chief executive, said: “This introduction represents a major milestone for us and for our partners. “We are now increasing ...[Read More]

Travis Perkins invests in 170 Volvo FM trucks

Travis Perkins is investing in 170 Volvo FM 330 6×2 rear-steer rigids, for delivery between now and the end of 2023. The 26-tonne trucks will support the firm’s ambitious carbon reduction target and maximise the safety and efficiency of its transport operations.  They will operate in a mix of Travis Perkins and Keyline Civils Specialist liveries, providing building materials to construction customers nationwide. The multi-million-pound investment will see the trucks being delivered into service over two years – with 85 new FMs confirmed for this year; to be followed by around 85 more in 2023.  Multiple options from several major truck manufacturers The investment follows a strategic fleet review led by technical fleet director, Karl Wilshaw, which saw the evaluation of...[Read More]

MJ Church boosts fleet with 10 new Scania XTs with Charlton bodies

Now firmly established as one of the leading tipper operators in south west England, MJ Church Ltd has taken delivery of 10 new tippers fitted with Charlton’s SuperLight all-steel tipper body.  They have been mounted onto Scania XT 8×4 P cab chassis, with a further five tippers coming on MAN chassis later this year. Company director, Tom Church, said: “The SuperLite really is the ideal body for our operation.  “Being built in steel, SuperLite combines the strength to handle almost any type of job from moving soil to carrying aggregates yet is light enough to give us a really good payload.” He added: “Whatever chassis we choose to put it on, we still get an easy 19 tonnes plus carrying capacity.  “We also really like SuperLite’s curved floo...[Read More]

MB Wilkes opts for Renault Trucks for fleet head turner

In response to buoyant demand for its services, Dorset’s leading supplier of aggregates and building materials, M B Wilkes Ltd, has taken delivery of its first ever Renault truck, a C430 8×4 off-road tipper. Supplied by Sparks Commercial Services, Poole, the new Renault Trucks C with day cab has been selected as the company’s flagship vehicle joining M B Wilkes’ busy 16-strong tipper fleet working on muck away and aggregate deliveries across Dorset and the local areas. The commercial manager at M B Wilkes, Dave Fletcher, said: “Over the past 12 years we’ve been expanding the business, building up the fleet and increasing from eight staff to 43.  “We’ve been using a competitor’s vehicle for many years, but we liked the look of the C4...[Read More]

New Generation DAF reaches 10,000 production milestone

DAF has built its 10,000th New Generation DAF truck to make it the most successful introduction ever in the truck maker’s 90-year history. The official production of the New Generation DAF XF, XG and XG⁺ series was only started last winter, and the landmark proves the success of DAF’s game-changing trucks. The completely newly developed, the New Generation XF, XG and XG⁺ were awarded the ‘International Truck of the Year 2022’ and was crowned as the ‘Truck of the Year’ in several European countries. DAF is the first – and so far only – truck manufacturer that has made optimal use of the new European Masses and Dimensions regulations to create a new industry benchmark in efficiency, safety and driver comfort.  Customers reporting fuel consumption savi...[Read More]

Why should you partner with a digital freight platform?

Times are changing, but as a haulier, you might be wondering why you should work with a digital freight platform. Here’s our reasoning. Road haulage is a major industry, expected to grow to £44bn value by 2025. Freight platforms can help haulage firms get a bigger slice of the pie and grow in new ways. Being digital helps you be more agile in the way you work and how you earn for your fleet. Freight platforms like Zeus ‘fill the gaps’ of traditional haulage Even in conservative estimates, today’s road freight processes means that up to 150,000 trucks are driving empty each day on British roads. At Zeus, and other digital freight platforms, the technology aggregates demand and supply in a way that eliminates this inefficiency. Hauliers can find both spot and contract work with Zeus, and we ...[Read More]

UK’s road haulage sector warned to improve conditions

The UK’s road haulage sector is being warned by MPs to improve conditions and facilities for lorry drivers – or face a new tax. In a report, the Transport Committee says that radical surgery is needed to ensure the country’s road freight supply chain and its workforce are more robust and resilient. They are also urging Ministers to give the logistics sector two years to deliver sufficient drivers, workers and facilities, including high-quality services and welfare. Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Committee, said: “We urge Government to be brave and force the sector to get its house in order.  “A Supply Chain Levy has worked previously to incentivise reform. If the industry won’t deliver change, Government should do so and send them the bill via...[Read More]