Operators reap benefits of smart tachos, new CM research reveals
Transport businesses are seeing real operational benefits from the new generation of smart tachographs, according to a new report by Commercial Motor and sister title Motor Transport.
The 'Tachos and Telematics' research report 2021 found that 39% of operators reckon they are getting better real-time data from using smart tachos, while 34% said administration time and costs had been reduced, and 19% highlighted fewer roadside checks.
The use of smart tachos has been increasing rapidly since they became mandatory for new vehicles in 2019. Some 73% of fleets now have some vehicles fitted with them compared to 38% when we last compiled this research just over a year ago.
And there is evidence that operators are making more use of the data that tachos provide, downloading data more frequently than in our previous survey.
The research also highlights the growing use of telematics in road transport.
Some 79% of operators are now using telematics in their operations – that’s up from 69% in our study a year ago.
"The 'Tachographs and Telematics' report provides key insights into the use of the latest technologies in road transport in a year dominated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic," said CM events and project editor Hayley Pink.
“It is clear that transport operators are increasingly recognising the benefits that developments in tachograph and telematics technology can bring to their operations.”
Fiat E-Ducato specification and pricing announced
Fiat has confirmed UK specification and pricing for the new Fiat E-Ducato all-electric van.
A total of 28 different versions of the electric Ducato will be available with three body lengths and three roof heights as well as 3.5-tonne and 4.25-tonne gross vehicle weights and with panel van, passenger version and chassis cab variants.
Pricing for the van will start at £55,675 for the 47kWh battery pack and £68,175 for the larger 79kWh version.
Fiat claims the smaller sized battery will have a range of up to 108 miles, while the larger batteries will see the vehicle achieve as much as 175 miles according to the WLTP combined test cycle.
Maximum payload for the 3.5-tonne E-Ducato is 1,160kg however the 4.25-tonne version can transport up to 1,885kg while still being on a regular UK driving licence thanks to special dispensation given to heavier alternatively fuelled vehicles.
Power comes from a 90kW (122hp) electric motor producing 280Nm of torque.
The E-Ducato will be covered by a five-year warranty with, five years roadside assistance and five year servicing, as well as a separate 10-year warranty on the batteries.
Speaking about the arrival of the E-Ducato, Eric Laforge, Fiat head of LCV, said: “The UK is an important market for the E-Ducato, it is probably the biggest one, potentially, at the beginning.”
Order books for the new Fiat E-Ducato are now open and deliveries are expected to begin in May.