Volvo to showcase FE-Electric 6×2 hook-lift rigid at Freight in the City Expo on 6 November

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Volvo Trucks will be displaying a 6x2 hook-lift rigid from its new FE-Electric range at next week’s Freight in the City Expo in London.

The driveline consists of two electric motors with a maximum power of 400kW (330kW continuous) and a Volvo I-Shift 2-speed transmission. Maximum torque from the electric motors is 850Nm and the battery capacity can be optimised to suit individual needs and charging.

Its 26-tonne chassis cab utilises a 240Nm electric PTO with a HIAB ULT18 SL 51 hook-lift to operate its 5.5m Zetterberg Container body.

With a payload capacity of 12,400kg, full air suspension and steered tag axle, Volvo said it is ideal for city refuse collection, construction and other applications in urban conditions.

It also has zero tailpipe emissions and an almost-silent driveline meaning commercial operations can be carried out in the early mornings or late at night, helping reduce congestion at peak traffic times.

The Volvo FE Electric is part of a comprehensive range of electrically powered trucks for city operations, and another strategic step forward for the manufacturer in developing electrified transport solutions.

Also on show for the first time at Freight in the City Expo on 6 November at Alexandra Palace will be Vera - Volvo's autonomous, connected, delivery vehicle.

Register today for your free place at this exciting urban logistics event, which combines a full day's seminar programme with a vast exhibition of the latest commercial vehicles and equipment needed to operate in towns and cities.

Bad braking dominates top reasons for MOT failures

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Brake failures continue to dominate the top 10 reasons for MOT failures, with potentially serious road safety issues not being picked up by vehicle technicians.

Figures provided by the traffic commissioners in their latest annual report show that CV brake testing has improved significantly since 2013, but more is needed to be done.

The TCs said that in 2017/18 there were 10,000 fewer failures for service brake performance at annual tests than in 2013/14.

The biggest improvement has been for trailers, with an extra 5,500 passing their brake performance test first time.

However, the TCs said there were still 22,000 failures for service brake performance during the period.

Common issues include vehicles and trailers being brake tested unladen with wheels locking at very low brake efforts; printouts saying ‘pass’ when one or more brakes are not working properly and a lack of understanding that the standard to be applied at PMI inspection must be above the minimum MOT requirement.

The TCs also admitted that its target under a new measure of ‘average processing times’ for O-licence applications had been “ambitious”, with an average of just over eight weeks to determine applications for HGV licences against a target of seven weeks.

But it added that for operators using digital services and providing complete applications, it took less than 32 days on average to process applications.