CV Show proves confidence and buoyancy in the commercial vehicle market

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CV Show organisers have revealed they are “thrilled” with the level of industry engagement for this year's event. The UK’s largest commercial vehicle show has seen a packed agenda in its first two days, with a flurry of vehicle launches and announcements demonstrating confidence and buoyancy in the sector.

“We’re absolutely thrilled with the industry’s response to this year’s CV Show and to have achieved a fifth successive year sold out” Rob Skelton, CV show director

These included the unveiling of the new British-built Vauxhall Vivaro, which has secured 1,250 jobs at the brand’s Luton plant; two new variants of the award-winning Isuzu D-Max pick-up; the high-performance Ford Ranger Raptor; and a raft of new electric models such as MAN’s CitE 15-tonne urban delivery truck and vans like the LDV EV30, Peugeot Boxer and Citroen Relay.

“There’s lots of talk of uncertainty in the market, but that’s not been evident in commercial vehicle sales or the enthusiasm and excitement of the industry for the CV Show" said CV show director, Rob Skelton

Commercial Motor’s own Youtube channel has all the highlights from the CV Show – so if you’ve missed anything this year, don’t worry – we’ve got it covered! First up, why not check out our special with Brigade? We discover how its revolutionary electric vehicle noise generator will save lives. And why not discover how Vision Track’s innovative anti-distraction system makes roads safer? We’ve also got all the highlights from the MAN CV Show 2019 stand. Go to Youtube.com/roadtransport to watch.

PSA plans all-electric versions of all its popular van brands by 2023

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Groupe PSA highlighted its ambition to electrify its LCV range to CV Show visitors this week. As part of the wider group’s Push to Pass strategy, the French-owned business will be rolling out fully-electric versions of all its popular van brands by the end of 2023.

On show on PSA’s stand are the Peugeot Boxer Electric and Citroën Relay Electric models, due to be launched later this year. These will be built at the group’s Sevel factory in Italy, with electric conversions carried out by partner BD Auto.

In the medium van sector, Peugeot Expert, Citroën Dispatch and Vauxhall Vivaro will all be available as electric models in 2020, with the latter being built in Luton, UK. While in the small van market, although Partner Electric and Berlingo Electric have been available since 1998, next-generation models are due to be launched in 2021 across Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall brands. And the Movano will get the all-electric treatment around 2023, following the base model’s transition from a Renault to PSA platform in 2021.

PSA has also been working on hybrid vans and fuel cell variants and is confident it will be ready with a range of zero-emission LCVs when customers need them.

“We’ll be ready at the end of 2020 to sell Jumpy, Expert and Vivaro fuel cell models” Philippe Narbeburu, senior vice-president Light Commercial Vehicles Groupe, PSA Business Unit

However, Narbeburu said the pace of change for operators to adopt new technology will depend on a range of factors, such as the growth of refuelling infrastructure and the strength of emissions regulations developed by cities such as London and Paris. “We will be ready as far as the product is concerned. But will the infrastructure be ready? If not, then one side of the coin is missing. It has to evolve in parallel.”