CM reader research: Are you making the most of your telematics and digital tacho data?

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the benefits of connected vehicles firmly into the spotlight. ‘Smart’ system technology has provided a safe, socially distanced way for operators to keep up with fleet compliance, driver performance and vehicle maintenance. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the benefits operators can glean when using the latest generation of telematics and digital tachographs.

MT is therefore carrying out exclusive reader research on how operators are tapping into the potential of their fleet telematics and digital tachograph data.

We’d love to explore how your fleet is making use of such technology and would appreciate a few moments of your time to complete our short reader survey.

You will be able to read the results in a forthcoming report available for free, hosted online.

The questionnaire takes around 5 - 10 minutes to complete.

As a thank you, all survey participants will be entered into a £250 quarterly prize draw open to anyone who has responded to a survey from any Road Transport Media brand.

  • Please note that your answers and comments will remain anonymous and will not be affiliated with you or your company. Commercial Motor/Motor Transport have commissioned Edge Insight, an independent market research agency to conduct this research study. All data will be processed in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and your answers will be anonymised and used in aggregate only. Further information regarding the data held by Commercial Motor/Motor Transport is available here.

Volvo Trucks and DHL Freight to trial heavy-duty electric HGV for regional transportation

Volvo Trucks and DHL Freight have announced a trial of heavy-duty electric truck technology for medium-distance regional transportation in Sweden.

The project will see the world’s first operation of a fully-electric Volvo FH with a gross combination weight up to 60 tonnes.

Starting in March, the truck will operate between two DHL Freight logistics terminals in the cities of Gothenburg and Jönköping over a distance of approximately 150km each way.

It will be charged at DHL’s hub in Jönköping and the Volvo Truck Centre in Gothenburg.

The trial is expected to provide robust data regarding the set-up and operation of adequate charging infrastructure. This will help to optimise the right balance between operated distance, load weight and charging points in daily road freight operations.

“Our aim is to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero,” said Uwe Brinks, CEO at DHL Freight. “Important milestones have already been achieved in meeting this. Compared to 2007, our Group’s CO2 efficiency has improved by 35%. However, we need innovative technological solutions and strong partnerships along this journey.

He added: “Volvo Trucks is driving the necessary shift towards fossil free road transport by making the transition to electrification as seamless and efficient as possible. This is done by considering every aspect of the eco-system for electrification, including charging, route planning, vehicles, service and other support.”

Roger Alm, president at Volvo Trucks, said: “We offer effective transport solutions that help make a fast transition to fossil-free fuels such as electricity.

“We have a longstanding relationship with DHL. Their broad and global expertise in logistics allows us to study the conditions to progress with this technology shift, adapting it to customer needs and their type of transport operation.”

To support its sustainability strategy, DHL Freight has also introduced a climate-focused shipping program in Sweden. Customers using the program pay a fixed surcharge for every parcel or pallet shipped and the income generated from the surcharges is fully invested in clean technologies within the Swedish network.

The Volvo FL Electric and Volvo FE Electric trucks, for city distribution, are already in serial production.

In the UK, DHL Supply Chain recently put a new Volvo FL Electric into operation in London, while at the end of last year, Volvo Trucks in North America started sales of the VNR Electric, and this year will mark the sales start in Europe of the heavy-duty electric product range.

“Our commitment is that our entire truck sales range will be fossil-free by 2040 at the latest,” said Alm.