Free Freight in the City webinar: future of sustainable HGV fuels

Freight in the City has teamed up with Volvo Trucks to explore ‘The future of sustainable HGV fuels’ in an exciting new webinar event this month.

Free to attend, and chaired by CM editor Will Shiers, the webinar is open to all fleet operators and will take place via Zoom at 2pm on Wednesday 26 May.

We’ll be explaining the latest fuels and technology on the market today, and those expected in the mid-to-longer term, to help you answer key questions, such as:

  • Which route will HGV fuels take in industry’s quest to decarbonise fleet movements?
  • Is the time now right for my fleet to explore non-diesel vehicle options?
  • How do I know which fuel is right for my operation?

You’ll also hear from leading operator DHL Supply Chain about its own sustainable fuels journey, from decision-making through to practicality on the job, refuelling and maintenance.

Whilst mobility expert Swarco will be on hand to explore the UK’s current position when it comes to recharging and refuelling infrastructure.

Confirmed speakers for the webinar are John Comer, head of product management, Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland; Adrian Felton, national strategic account manager, e-Truck and e-Bus, Swarco Evolt; and Jonathan Chadburn, vice president asset management, DHL Supply Chain.

There will also be the opportunity for you to engage directly with our speakers in an interactive Q & A session.

To take part in the webinar, simply register for free at freightinthecity.com. You can also check out other Freight in the City webinar events taking place throughout the year.

If you can’t make the live event itself, don’t worry, simply register to attend and we’ll send you the recording afterwards to watch on demand.

Best idea yet of imminent DAF XF replacement

What is now clearly an imminent arrival, DAF’s XF replacement, is now the subject of a teaser campaign on social media, including a 10-second YouTube video. It has also exposed itself to the closest scrutiny yet, and this relatively lightly-disguised example was discovered at the site of Dutch logistics company Simon Loos, attached to one of its trailers. Our spy, from BigTruck.nl, was not only able to take the most detailed pictures so far, but to run its tape measure over some of its critical dimensions.

The first finding was that the 4x2 tractor has a relatively long wheelbase of 4,000mm, significant because the cab is considerably larger than the current Space Cab model, by approximately 350mm in length. The front overhang is some 150mm greater than at present. The sleeping accommodation would seem to have been increased, with a length behind the door aperture of 1,090mm, 140mm longer than at present. The actual increase may be a bit more, as there are signs that the door is also slightly longer.

The indications are that there will be a significant increase in interior space, both on this Space Cab equivalent version and the even taller Super Spacecab version that has been seen. Both appear to have completely flat floors. A lower version is a possibility, although no definite sightings have been confirmed. One thing that is clearly visible is a neatly taped over lower window in the passenger door. The truck photographed has conventional mirrors, although other examples have been seen with camera mirror systems, suggesting a choice will be available.

DAF seems to have gained a head start in anticipating the new truck dimension regulations. It appears to have shared the benefits between operators and drivers. Running costs should be reduced by the substantial aerodynamic improvements clearly visible, from the smooth undertray beneath the new multi-piece bumper, through heavily sculpted wheel arches to the curved roof line, while drivers should appreciate the more generous sleeping accommodation. We look forward to discovering if the interior has been subject to the same level of improvement. There’s no indication yet of when it will be revealed officially, but late June has been suggested.