The Commercial Motor Show 2020 to look at options for decarbonising heavy road transport

Commercial Motor Show

The Covid-19 pandemic is widely expected to give the government’s net zero carbon emissions strategy a big boost, and the new Commercial Motor Show virtual conference will take a look at the options for decarbonising heavy road transport.

David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at Cambridge University, will compare the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells with battery electric vehicles, while Brian Robinson, head of commercial vehicles at the LowCVP, will review the role of biofuels.

Rob Fowler, CEO of electric vehicle start up manufacturer Volta, will give an update on the company’s plans for a range of purpose-built battery electric trucks while Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power will put the case for hydrogen as the fuel of the future.

The CM Show is a new virtual exhibition and conference that will bring hundreds of exhibitors together with thousands of visitors without the need for social distancing. It takes place on 29 September to 1 October and to book a stand email


Hermes adds IVECO gas trucks to burgeoning CNG fleet


Package delivery giant Hermes is to take delivery of seven new IVECO Stralis NP 400 tractors units.

The 4x2s join 90 other compressed natural gas vehicles on the fleet – making it the largest in the UK – along more than 400 trucks in total. Hermes has chosen then 400hp Stralis for their favourable total cost of ownership and their reduced CO2 emissions which are up to 80% lower when running on biomethan compared with a Euro-6 diesel vehicle.

As a result, more than 13,500 tonnes of CO2 are saved annually across its CNG fleet, with a 99% reduction in particulates and a 60% drop in NOx.

The decision to invest heavily in CNG vehicles has been helped by CNG Fuels who have built a Bio-CNG refuelling station next to the Hermes parcel distribution facility in Warrington. The site, which is the largest in Europe, is capable of refuelling up to 800 trucks a day.

“We are pioneers in our industry and that extends into the way we run our trucks, which is why we continue to add Stralis NPs to our fleet. Our approach to business is very sustainable and we are proud to champion alternative low carbon fuels to achieve our goal of slashing emissions,” said Mervyn McIntyre, Hermes head of network fleet and vehicle compliance.

“The Stralis trucks are performing very well and are helping keep our operating costs down as well as emissions and noise pollution. The reliability of the truck in combination with the investment and support from our dealer CFS Glasgow within our vehicle maintenance units means our fleet is saving fuel but downtime is kept to an absolute minimum. We are now the largest CNG-powered fleet by choice made possible by working with forward-thinking partners such as IVECO, CFS Glasgow and CNG Fuels.