CiTTi Magazine https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk Keeping you up to date with the latest transport and traffic innovation concepts and news Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:45:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Royal Mail rolls out 190 electric vans https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/royal-mail-rolls-out-190-electric-vans/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/royal-mail-rolls-out-190-electric-vans/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:42:15 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1839 Royal Mail is rolling out 190 electric vans in London and the South East to add to the 100 that it already operates in the UK. The new vans have a green livery rather than the traditional red. The mix of Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans are charged via wall or floor mounted charging […]

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Royal Mail is rolling out 190 electric vans in London and the South East to add to the 100 that it already operates in the UK.

The new vans have a green livery rather than the traditional red.

The mix of Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans are charged via wall or floor mounted charging posts.

Load capacities ranging from 3.7 cu m to 6.3 cu m, the vehicles will operate as part of usual delivery routes.

They will be launched during July across selected locations in London and the South East including Whitechapel, Islington, Bexleyheath, Dartford and Orpington in Kent.

This latest move is part of Royal Mail’s involvement in the Optimise Prime project, the electric vehicle demonstrator led by Hitachi Vantara and UK Power Networks. The project brings together power, technology, fleet and transport companies – including SSEN, Uber and Centrica – to test and implement the best approaches to the EV rollout for commercial enterprises.

Royal Mail fleet director Paul Gatti said: “This trial is part of a programme of initiatives across our business that will ensure we can continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible.”

The company said it has reduced its overall carbon emissions by 29 per cent since 2004, while its “Feet on the Street” network of 90,000 postmen and women plays a key role in keeping its carbon emissions low.

 

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Greater Manchester CAZ will hit SMEs, says FTA https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/greater-manchester-caz-will-hit-smes-says-fta/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/greater-manchester-caz-will-hit-smes-says-fta/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:38:16 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1835 Greater Manchester is to introduce a Clean Air Zone to tackle city pollution levels in 2021. The council was originally planning to introduce the Clean Air Zone two phases from 2021 and 2023 but government has ordered that this be pushed forward. Pushing the scheme forward by two years will puts a strain on the […]

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Greater Manchester is to introduce a Clean Air Zone to tackle city pollution levels in 2021.

The council was originally planning to introduce the Clean Air Zone two phases from 2021 and 2023 but government has ordered that this be pushed forward.

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Pushing the scheme forward by two years will puts a strain on the logistics sector – particularly small businesses, the Freight Transport Association has warned.

“Allowing only 18 months in which Manchester’s van operators must become compliant before the introduction of the authority’s Clean Air Zone is simply an additional tax on the area’s small businesses,” said head of policy for Northern England, Mags Simpson.

“The original proposals placed before government allowed time for vehicles to be replaced or upgraded but the new plan outlined today will force operators into acquiring costly new vehicles ahead of their standard replacement cycle or into a regime of punitive daily charges,” she said.

“It is essential that an air quality scheme for Greater Manchester is developed with the needs of businesses that serve the area in mind, not one which drives up operating costs for small businesses and unfairly penalises the hardworking individuals and businesses which keep Greater Manchester’s economy thriving.”

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Deliveroo to prioritise cars and scooters https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/deliveroo-to-prioritise-cars-and-scooters/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/deliveroo-to-prioritise-cars-and-scooters/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:37:47 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1832 Takeaway delivery company Deliveroo has introduced vehicles priority to its booking system to prioritise car drivers and motorbike riders over bicycle delivery in a bid to improve business efficiencies. It said that cyclists aren’t keen on accepting longer distance orders in certain parts of the UK and therefore the introduction of more vehicles to the […]

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Takeaway delivery company Deliveroo has introduced vehicles priority to its booking system to prioritise car drivers and motorbike riders over bicycle delivery in a bid to improve business efficiencies.

It said that cyclists aren’t keen on accepting longer distance orders in certain parts of the UK and therefore the introduction of more vehicles to the fleet is requires to do those longer distances. “Deliveroo is on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to amazing meals, delivered. To achieve this in certain areas we need to ensure we have the right fleet mix to match the growth in customer demand,” said Deliveroo.

“We have made a small change to our online booking portal which will mean that as we create more work across the UK, we will have enough vehicles capable of making longer distance orders that customers want. Deliveroo isn’t saying goodbye to pedal power, quite the opposite in fact and will also continue to roll our measure such subsidised e-bike schemes.”

The move has been opposed by the IWGB (Independent Workers of Great Britain) Couriers & Logistics Branch which argued that this is showing a disregard for broader environmental concerns such as poor air quality in congested cities.

It said that sustainable logistics must be priority and criticised Deliveroo for “choosing short-term profits to satisfy shareholders like Amazon over a greener and healthier society.”

It also argued that this shows disregard for workers who have had their hours significantly reduced, all with only two working days’ notice regarding the system changes. Workers using a bicycle are said to be shunted to 3pm when it comes to picking up shifts leaving barely any hours available. “If demand is low, I can be waiting for work while car drivers receive double orders,” said one Deliveroo cyclist.

The IWGB Nottingham Riders Network and the Leeds Couriers Network [unaffiliated] organised strikes on the 12th July to which resulted in the shutdown of the Deliveroo Editions (dark-kitchens) in the respective cities during peak hours.

Riders are demanding the scrapping of ‘vehicle priority’ and for Will Shu, founder of Deliveroo, to apologise. More strikes are planned.

The IWGB was set up in 2012 to represent workers in the gig economy, who have traditionally been non-unionised.

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Sheffield launches clean air initiative https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/sheffield-launches-clean-air-initiative/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/sheffield-launches-clean-air-initiative/#respond Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:02:08 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1829 Sheffield has launched a city-wide conversation to discuss its plans to reduce air pollution with a new clean air zone to enable people to have their say in an online consultation. The Clean Air Zone plans will encourage the most polluting vehicles to upgrade to electric, hybrid or cleaner engines. To help drivers upgrade their […]

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Sheffield has launched a city-wide conversation to discuss its plans to reduce air pollution with a new clean air zone to enable people to have their say in an online consultation.

The Clean Air Zone plans will encourage the most polluting vehicles to upgrade to electric, hybrid or cleaner engines. To help drivers upgrade their vehicles Sheffield City Council is seeking £50million of government support. It also wants to work with taxi and van drivers, as well as every other fleet of vehicle affected, to encourage this.

There will be a pollution charge for the oldest and most polluting vehicles such as taxis, buses, vans, coaches and HGVs entering the proposed Clean Air Zone whilst private cars are currently exempt. According to the Sheffield council, taxis, vans, HGVs, buses and coaches make up 20 per cent of the vehicles in the city centre but cause 50 per cent of the harmful nitrogen dioxide emissions.

To avoid congestion charges, buses, coaches, vans and HGVs will need to be electric or the cleanest standard of diesel engine whilst taxis will be to be ultra-low emission vehicles – either electric, petrol-hybrid, hydrogen or liquid petroleum gas powered.

“The facts are clear, taxi drivers, van drivers and other motorists are among the most at risk from breathing in dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide and we want to protect them and everyone else who lives in our fantastic city. We accept these are difficult conversations but they need to happen so we can improve our air quality,” said Cllr Bob Johnson, cabinet member for planning and development at Sheffield City Council.

The Clean Air Zone is set to be launched in 2021. The consultation will seek to understand the impacts of a clean air zone and there will feature a series of events to ensure that all views have been taken into account as the eight-week process continues.

The consultation is available at www.sheffield.gov.uk/cleanair

 

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Ford and VW collaborate on autonomous vehicle technology https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/ford-and-vw-collaborate-on-autonomous-vehicle-technology/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/ford-and-vw-collaborate-on-autonomous-vehicle-technology/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:28:39 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1826 Ford and Volkswagen are to expand their global alliance to include electric vehicles and will collaborate with Argo AI to introduce autonomous vehicle technology in the US and Europe to better serve customers and improve competitiveness, cost and capital efficiencies. Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett, Argo AI co-founder Bryan Salesky and VW CEO Dr. […]

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Ford and Volkswagen are to expand their global alliance to include electric vehicles and will collaborate with Argo AI to introduce autonomous vehicle technology in the US and Europe to better serve customers and improve competitiveness, cost and capital efficiencies.

Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett, Argo AI co-founder Bryan Salesky and VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess.

NY, NY, July 12, 2019–Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett, Argo AI co-founder Bryan Salesky and VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess.

Volkswagen and Ford will integrate Argo AI’s self-driving system into purpose-built vehicles to support the distinct people and goods movement initiatives of both companies. In turn, Argo AI will work with the manufacturers to provide the autonomous vehicle technology needed to deliver fully integrated self-driving vehicles that can be manufactured at scale for safe, reliable and durable deployment in ride sharing and goods delivery services.

Ford and Volkswagen will have equal stakes in Argo AI. The full transaction represents a valuation for Argo AI of more than $7 billion.

Ford is to use Volkswagen’s dedicated electric vehicle architecture and Modular Electric Toolkit to deliver a high-volume zero-emission vehicle in Europe starting in 2023. Ford expects to deliver more than 600,000 European vehicles using the MEB architecture over six years, with a second all-new Ford model for European customers under discussion.

“While Ford and Volkswagen remain independent and fiercely competitive in the marketplace, teaming up and working with Argo AI on this important technology allows us to deliver unmatched capability, scale and geographic reach,” said Ford president and chief executive, Jim Hackett. “Unlocking the synergies across a range of areas allows us to showcase the power of our global alliance in this era of smart vehicles for a smart world.”

 

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PHEV is the way forward, says Ford https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/phev-is-the-way-forward-says-ford/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/phev-is-the-way-forward-says-ford/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:27:19 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1823 A year-long trial of plug-in hybrid electric commercial vehicles in London suggests they could be the most practical, readily available option for businesses trying to meet clean-air targets in cities, according to Ford. Over the past year, 20 Ford Transit PHEV vans have covered more than 150,000 miles. During the trial, 75 per cent of […]

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A year-long trial of plug-in hybrid electric commercial vehicles in London suggests they could be the most practical, readily available option for businesses trying to meet clean-air targets in cities, according to Ford.

Over the past year, 20 Ford Transit PHEV vans have covered more than 150,000 miles.

During the trial, 75 per cent of the fleet’s mileage in Central London and 49 per cent in Greater London was completed using pure electric power. The results highlight that even without a fully established electric vehicle charging network, the hybrid vans were able to reduce tailpipe emissions in the inner city, using the flexibility of a petrol range-extender to complete longer journeys when required.

Participants in the trial include Addison Lee Group, Autoglass, British Gas, Clancy Plant, DPD, Heathrow Airport, Interserve, Mears Group, the Metropolitan Police, Morrison Utility Services, RNLI, Royal Mail, Speedy Hire, Sky, Transport for London and Vodafone.

Mark Harvey, director of Ford’s Urban Electrified Van programme, said: “This trial is the first time Ford has given such early prototype vehicles to customers, and we’ve been able to incorporate their feedback directly into the production van. The response has been overwhelmingly positive – operators don’t want to give them back.”

Ford has incorporated learnings from the trial of prototype vehicles to optimise the Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid production model that will go on sale to customers at the end of 2019. Enhancements include increased motor performance, optimised operating strategies, and revised displays to educate drivers in achieving maximum electric regeneration.

The new vehicles target a zero-emission driving range of 50 kilometres (31 miles), and use a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine as a range extender for total range exceeding 500 kilometres (310 miles), thus eliminating range anxiety. A compact battery pack located under the vehicle floor can be conveniently charged using a standard 230-volt supply, and is designed so that the interior space and load capacity of the vehicle is not compromised.

Ford has also set out plans for an all-electric Transit to join the company’s European line-up of electrified commercial vehicles in 2021.

 

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Highways England must communicate better https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/highways-england-must-communicate-better/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/highways-england-must-communicate-better/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:33:37 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1820 The Freight Transport Association has called on Highways England to improve the way it communicates road updates to fleet operators following publication of the first Strategic Road User Survey. The survey, by watchdog Transport Focus, shows user satisfaction with the UK’s motorways and major A roads. The A19 in the North East came top, but […]

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The Freight Transport Association has called on Highways England to improve the way it communicates road updates to fleet operators following publication of the first Strategic Road User Survey.

The survey, by watchdog Transport Focus, shows user satisfaction with the UK’s motorways and major A roads. The A19 in the North East came top, but the M6, M25 and M20 were among the least satisfactory roads.

Malcolm Bingham, the FTA’s head of road network management, said: “While Transport Focus’ survey does show the service provided by Highways England is getting better, there are still several areas of concern. Most notably, Highways England must improve the way it shares information on roadworks, closures, and accidents. Due to a lack of accessible and practical information, operators are struggling to understand the best route to take when such events occur.”

Launching a summary report highlighting results from the first full year of the Strategic Roads User Survey Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus said: “This survey reflects the experience of all drivers – whether in cars, vans, lorries, coaches or on a motorbike – across a range of key issues. The results show where Highways England should focus its efforts to maximise satisfaction, including reducing delays arising from accidents and improving user experience with journey time and road surface quality.”

The first year of SRUS data shows:

– 82 per cent of road users are satisfied overall with their last journey using a motorway or major ‘A’ road managed by Highways England.

– Only 65 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the management of roadworks.

– For journey time overall satisfaction stood at 81 per cent

– Overall satisfaction with road surface quality was 81 per cent

– Most drivers – 94 per cent –feel safe using Highways England’s roads.

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Self-driving vehicles will need better maps https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/self-driving-vehicles-will-need-better-maps/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/self-driving-vehicles-will-need-better-maps/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 15:31:20 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1818 Self-driving vehicles will need maps with resolution better than five centimetres with real-time updating to operate in complex environments, according to a report by Ordnance Survey and Zenzic, the UK hub organisation for self-driving vehicle development. The report sets out what the global standards should be for high-definition mapping; necessary for the safe deployment of […]

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Self-driving vehicles will need maps with resolution better than five centimetres with real-time updating to operate in complex environments, according to a report by Ordnance Survey and Zenzic, the UK hub organisation for self-driving vehicle development.

The report sets out what the global standards should be for high-definition mapping; necessary for the safe deployment of self-driving vehicles.

As well as high resolution, maps will also need to include information on curbs, street-level features like lamp-posts, pedestrian crossings and road markings. Real-time updates to maps will also be crucial to let self-driving vehicles ‘see’ around corners for temporary objects in the road like skips or roadworks.

It points out that self-driving vehicles use a range of sensors to ‘see’ the world around them. However, interpreting that information in real-time requires a lot of processing power. With high-definition maps which are updated in real-time, a self-driving vehicle is able to reference the position of other road users against what it already knows to be there. It also provides a back-up in situations where its sensors are less effective. Adverse weather conditions like heavy-rain or sun reflecting off a wet-road can make relying on sensor data alone difficult.

Currently there is no single source of high definition mapping data, each self-driving company is having to develop its own from the ground up. Ordnance Survey suggests a neutrally hosted platform for mapping data would increase the confidence in the data as it comes from multiple sources and would help different self-driving vehicles co-exist on the same piece of road. For this to work standards for how data is collected and shared will need to be implemented globally.

“The UK’s goal is to be able to benefit from self-driving vehicles on our roads at scale by 2030, a target that requires the development of technologies and tools which do not fully exist today,” said Zenzic chief executive Daniel Ruiz.

And Simon Navin, Ordnance Survey’s head of innovation programmes, said: “Through our work with Zenzic we are helping define the geospatial and mapping requirements that will accelerate the testing and adoption of self-driving technologies so that these benefits can be realised safely and efficiently. As Great Britain’s national mapping agency, we believe that consistent, authoritative and trusted data provides a framework for safe operation, interoperability and open standards development. It will also enable innovative solutions from a wide range of providers who will bring new and exciting solutions to the U.K. mobility sector”.

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Getting the address right can reduce 262m kilos of emissions https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/getting-the-address-right-can-reduce-262m-kilos-of-emissions/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/getting-the-address-right-can-reduce-262m-kilos-of-emissions/#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2019 08:30:13 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1815 Accurate destination data for deliveries could reduce UK carbon emissions by 262 million kilos annually, according to analysis from PostTag. Every year vans are driven 52.2 billion miles in the UK and emit 13 billion kilos of CO2. PostTag has found that drivers spend an extra two and a half hours on the road each […]

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Accurate destination data for deliveries could reduce UK carbon emissions by 262 million kilos annually, according to analysis from PostTag.

Every year vans are driven 52.2 billion miles in the UK and emit 13 billion kilos of CO2. PostTag has found that drivers spend an extra two and a half hours on the road each week because they cannot find the correct delivery address. Half of UK postal addresses are off the mark on a standard sat nav by almost the length of a football pitch which contributes to 13 billion kilos of emissions produced by van traffic each year.

Using more accurate destination engines would reduce this by 262 million kilos annually, said PostTag. “The UK postal system is good but not great and this means that delivery drivers are driving thousands of unnecessary miles every day. While talk heats up of autonomous deliveries to reduce carbon emissions, without precise address data drones and driverless car deliveries cannot be implemented,” said PostTag chief executive, Paul Yewman.

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Restore plc aligns fleet with ULEZ standards https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/restore-plc-aligns-fleet-with-ulez-standards/ https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/restore-plc-aligns-fleet-with-ulez-standards/#respond Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:21:03 +0000 https://www.cittimagazine.co.uk/?p=1812 Restore plc is expecting savings of almost £45,000 as a result of making its fleet cleaner in line with the introduction of the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Restore worked with vehicle supplier Days Fleet to future-proof 40 light commercial vehicles and four 7.5 tonne trucks that travel in and out of the ULEZ on […]

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Restore plc is expecting savings of almost £45,000 as a result of making its fleet cleaner in line with the introduction of the London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Restore worked with vehicle supplier Days Fleet to future-proof 40 light commercial vehicles and four 7.5 tonne trucks that travel in and out of the ULEZ on a daily basis. This was done in two phases.

Phase one identified 15-20 which needed replacing and new Euro 6 compliant vans were all delivered to London depots.  Non-ULEZ compliant Euro 5 vehicles were relocated from those sites to locations outside the capital. And four new 7.5 tonne DAF trucks were leased to replace older vehicles.

Phase two entailed relocating Euro 6 vans already operating from depots outside of London, particularly in the south west of England, relocated to London sites and swapped with Euro 5 models.

Restore plc also plans to trial two pure electric vans later this year and plans to introduce plug-in models to London depots as well as switch existing Euro 6 emission vans to other locations nationwide where they will replace older Euro 5 emission vehicles.

“Ahead of introduction of the ULEZ we analysed the fleet and identified 40 vehicles that would be impacted as they operated in and out of eight of the company’s satellite depots around London and would be driven into the Zone daily,” said national fleet manager Mr Miles. “Logistically it was a major challenge because we did not want the switching of vehicles to impact on business operations and we wanted to avoid the cost of hiring vans temporarily.”

(The savings were calculated based on the remaining life of the vans operating in London had they not been not replaced with Euro 6 models and continued to be driven into the ULEZ five days a week.)

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