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Sustainable Truck Testing

Bernita Marais

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The largest producer in heavy trucks has brought in two Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) trucks to be tested locally.  These gas-powered trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations.  This local testing is being done with the vision in mind that trucks will eventually have zero emissions and the way of achieving a zero-emission system is not through one single solution but rather through several solutions in parallel.

The LNG shows promising potential as a substitute for the traditional diesel trucks, with a good supply globally, and increasing availability locally.  When cooled down to a lower temperature the gas liquefies and reduces in volume thus, an increase in capacity to carry more fuel is made possible.

The powertrain in the new gas-powered trucks is thanks to the renowned diesel engine technology.  Also, by using LNG rather than compressed natural gas (CNG), it can carry larger quantities of fuel and enables the necessary operating range for long-haul assignments.

The new gas-powered trucks offer the same fuel efficiency as diesel-powered equivalents and can operate at the same speed.  However, since LNG is often cheaper a good opportunity exists in reduce fuel costs.  With the 205kg LNG tank, European operators have seen a usable range of up to 1000km dependent on terrain and payload carried.

Testing will soon start to establish the viability of the LNG alternative to reduce climate-impact emissions from heavy commercial traffic that will bring about the change of environmentally friendly transport solutions that are good for the industry and the planet.

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CILT to Host Series of COVID-19 Best Practice Webinars

Catherine Larkin

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As part of its commitment to lifelong learning and sharing best practice, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has a series of webinars organised around the globe on COVID-19 best practice. Here are just two of them:

  • ‘Entrepreneurship: Before and After the Pandemic’:  CILT Ghana’s NextGeneration (NG) interest group will host this session on Wednesday 30th September.  NG Deputy Global Chairperson Usman Shuaibu will open the session and share plans for Next Generation over the coming year. The programme line-up includes:

 

§  Empowering Road Freight Transport Operators to Respond to the Covid-19 Pandemic: Update

Since the initial webinar on empowering road freight operators, Transaid has been working at border crossings and rest stops to sanitise truck drivers and ensure they are equipped to deal with the challenges of Covid-19. Transaid now want to share what they have found from speaking to truck drivers from all over East Africa. The webinar is scheduled for 11.00am (BST), 1:00pm (EAT) on Tuesday 6th October 2020.


The speaker line-up includes Transaid’s Project Manager, Jason Finch; Safe Way Right Way’s Programmes Co-ordinator, Susan Tumuhairwe; and from Transaid’s project partners the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union and the Uganda Professional Drivers Network.

Founded by Save the Children, the CILT, and its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, the international development organisation shares 25 years’ worth of expertise in 23 countries with partners and governments – empowering people to build the skills they need to transform their own lives.


Members can register by following this link: https://mailchi.mp/transaid/covid-project-update

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Mercedes-Benz Delivers More Than 1,800 Electric Vehicles to Amazon’s Delivery Fleet in Europe

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Amazon recently announced that it is adding more than 1,800 electric vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its delivery fleet across Europe this year. Both Amazon and Mercedes-Benz share a strong commitment to reduce emissions within the transportation sector, and Mercedes-Benz also announced it has joined The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be net zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement goal of 2050.

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners will have use of the new fleet of zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to customers in Europe this year, which will reduce emissions and save thousands of metric tons of carbon. This is the largest order of electric vehicles for Mercedes-Benz to date, and makes Amazon its largest sustainable transportation partner worldwide. More than 1,200 EVs in the order will be comprised of the newest electric commercial van available at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito. The eSprinter includes state-of-the-art safety features including, electrical parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist, and more. The remaining 600 vehicles will be comprised of the manufacturer’s midsize electric van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in geographies that require a smaller-format vehicle access to a zero-emissions delivery option. Read the full Press Release here.

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