Rygor Nuneaton repair centre gets major upgrade

Rygor Commercials has upgraded its premises at Nuneaton with new parking, testing equipment and more staff to enable longer operating hours for the workshop.

The Mercedes-Benz and Fuso dealer site was given Authorised Repairer status by the manufacturer in 2015 but has invested £300,000 to keep up with the demands on the workshop and the manufacturer’s required standards. A new 20m drive-through inspection pit brings the total number of truck bays in the workshop to six with six other spaces for vans. Rygor has also added a new set of brake test rollers along with headlamp alignment equipment and four new van ramps.

The purchase of a plot of land behind the site has added eight truck parking spaces with room for tractor unit and trailer and created a new rear entrance. The whole plot has been resurfaced to give more space for manoeuvring than the area at the front of the building which was previously used. The parking has also meant that a new back door has been created directly into the workshop.

Finally, four new technicians have been recruited, bringing the total number working at Nuneaton to 11 which has allowed them to reintroduce a two-shift system since the beginning of March. The site will now run from 6am to 10pm with a half day on Saturday.

Service manager Gavin Smith said: “We’re committed at Rygor to Setting Standards, and that means we’ll do whatever it takes to keep our customers’ vehicles out there and working. Completion of this project means we’re perfectly placed to provide operators of Mercedes-Benz and Fuso Canter trucks with the timely, high-quality back-up they deserve. Naturally, this significant investment has also been a huge morale booster for my colleagues and I – the fact that is now a smarter working environment demonstrates how valued the team is by the business. We’re all very excited and greatly looking forward to the future. Having remained open to serve customers throughout the pandemic, keeping key vehicles and critical workers on the road, we’ll be continuing to provide exemplary service not only to long-standing customers but also to the new ones we look forward to welcoming to our branch.”

Sponsored: Focus on VECTO: Tyres for a Sustainable Transport Sector

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In this video, Continental illustrates how the rolling resistance helps cut CO2 emissions.

  • Tyres provide a lever for cutting CO2 emissions and boosting fleet efficiency
  • Rolling resistance influences fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
  • Choosing the right tyres helps reach EU emissions targets

The EU Emissions Regulation has been in force since August 2019. The clock is ticking. CO2 emissions must be radically reduced by 2030. In order to ensure that the targeted reductions are achieved in practice, the European Commission has introduced the VECTO simulation tool. Continental regularly updates and adds to the detailed information about VECTO on its website. The manufacturer of premium tyres provides insights into the EU Regulation and what it means for the logistics sector and the aftermarket sector. Visitors to the site also learn how VECTO works and discover the part that tyres can play in cutting CO2 emissions.

Get to know the challenges and help cut CO2

A fleet’s carbon dioxide emissions are directly related to its fuel consumption and the rolling resistance of its tyres. Rolling resistance is one of the main factors affecting fuel costs. It can account for as much as 30 percent of the total fleet operating costs.

What exactly rolling resistance is, which factors influence it, and which other tyre parameters it affects, is all explained by Continental in a dedicated microsite. An illustrative, easy-to-understand video explains how rolling resistance helps save fuel and thereby reduces emissions. The choice of tyres is a crucial lever for truck manufacturers and fleet operators in their efforts to attain the EU’s ambitious emissions targets.

To enable the manufacturers and operators to hit these targets, the European Commission has joined forces with the University of Graz to create the VECTO simulation tool. VECTO can simulate the CO2 emissions and fuel consumption of individual truck configurations. Continental has the answers to the key questions here, explaining how VECTO works, which vehicles the tool is suitable for and how the tyres can help reduce fuel consumption and total fleet operating costs.

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Chart showing the impact of the various tyre components on the rolling resistance. 

 

Tyre Finder helps identify the right tyres

With its new Tyre-Finder, Continentals’ regional fleet customers can access a quick guide to the relevant tyre in Continental’s portfolio, based on their operational requirements and routes travelled. The platform is especially helpful for operators running smaller fleets, helping them choose the right tyres to suit long-haul or regional distribution operations, with information about the tyre portfolio and listing the characteristics of the different tyres available.

For larger fleets with more complex tyre needs, Continental recommends a detailed consultation to expertly analyse the performance of the tyres across the fleet and ensure the tyre policy is truly optimised to the customer’s specific requirements. Being supported by Continental’s team of expert consultants coupled with their sophisticated data analytics can really help busy fleet managers understand their fleets performance and tailor a tyre policy accordingly.

Background: CO2 emissions and VECTO

According to EU data, 25 percent of CO2 emissions from road transport across Europe are generated by heavy-duty vehicles. Along with tyre pressures, vehicle configuration and load distribution, the rolling resistance of the tyres is of decisive importance in terms of fuel consumption and thus the level of CO2 emissions.  In accordance with the 2019 European Regulation setting CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles, vehicle manufacturers must cut the CO2 emissions of their vehicles listed in the regulations by 15 percent by 2025 and by 30 percent by 2030, compared in each case to the reference year July 2019 to June 2020. You will find Continental’s VECTO microsite here.

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Chart showing the impact of rolling resistance as one of the key factors in saving fuel and cutting fleet operating costs efficiently.