Author Archives: Fred James

Volvo Trucks believe ‘Gas’ is the next road to tackle emissions

Volvo Trucks

With the new gas-powered engine, the challenge for Volvo Trucks engineers was to develop a new driveline that could reduce CO2 emissions immediately, offer customers the same high performance as diesel and be a viable solution for the future. The final solution meant re-thinking the whole usage of the diesel principle. Volvo Trucks have realised the need for alternative fuels ... Read More »

Traffic jams cost economy around £9bn on major UK roads

Traffic jams

The government has told highway chiefs to reduce motorway closure times following accidents after new figures showed that traffic jams on the UK’s major roads cost the economy £9bn a year. There were more than 1.35 million traffic jams on the UK’s major roads in the past year, but November 2016 was the worst month in terms of volume with ... Read More »

Gov announce funding for Smart Mobility Living Lab in London

Smart Mobility Living Lab

The ambitious project will see the creation of a Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) in London, based in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The Smart Mobility Living Lab: London will provide a real-world urban test bed in a complex public environment, capable of demonstrating and evaluating the use, performance and benefits of ... Read More »

Coventry & Birmingham set to become UK testbed for autonomous vehicles

autonomous vehicles

Roads in Coventry and Birmingham are set to become a world-class UK testbed for developing the next generation connected and autonomous vehicles, thanks to a new £25m programme of investment being led by WMG at the University of Warwick. The pioneering venture, undertaken by a consortium of research and industry partners, will make UK roads ready for CAVs by developing ... Read More »

Which van fairs best after first MoT test results?

According to the Government’s MoT figures, these vans and pick-ups are the top of the class when it comes to passing the first-test-at-three years. That’s good news for operators who want a capable commercial vehicle, with low maintenance costs. According to government figures, the worst van for failing it’s first MoT from 2013 to 2016 was the Ford Transit which ... Read More »