Video highlights from the CV Show 2019

The CV Show is the perfect showcase for everything great about the UK commercial vehicle industry. Here are our video highlights from the 2019 show.

With just DAF Trucks and MAN Truck & Bus as the only manufacturers exhibiting at thir year's CV Show, Commercial Motor editor Will Shiers explains why everyone - especially all the truck manufacturers - should be at the show. He talks to the two truck makers, as well as one of the CV Show's longest standing supporters as well as Sir Mike Penning MP, who is definitely impressed by the exhibitions:

Why everyone should be at the CV Show


It's was unveiled at the IAA in Hannover in 2018 but the zero-emission MAN CitE concept vehicle has made it as far as the CV Show. We check out the story behind this low-entry, high-visibility concept truck that promises to make urban driving both safer and easier:

MAN CitE - concept truck or genuine article?


Dutch-spec low roof trucks, like this DAF XF Comfort Cab, are undergoing a resurgence. We look at the case, for owning this special order DAF truck. Would you give up the room of a DAF XF SuperSpace cab for one of these, or would you upgrade from a DAF CF into a full-width cab but still with a low-roof? :

Low roof DAF XF Comfort Cab is so retro cool


Vision Track's anti distraction system monitors driver behaviour to deter bad habits while driving. The in-cab system looks for tired or distracted drivers and can identify mobile phone use behind the wheel, smoking in the vehicle and it can even tell if you're texting. Reports and alerts can also be sent directly to the fleet manager to help improve driving standards:

Vision Track's innovative anti-distraction system makes roads safer


SNAP Account explains how spare space for overnight truck parking could be earning hauliers some serious money: With thousands of depots and yards left empty at night as vehicles go to work, operators could be cashing in on their spare space by having other drivers use their parking facilities. Watch our video to find out how your empty yard could be turned in to thousands of pounds of additional income.

How you could earn £££ with SNAP Account truck parking


Highlights from the MAN stand including the limited edition MAN TGX Black Lion truck, a brand new engine that meets the Euro-6d emissions regulations and a chassis cowl version of the MAN TGE van that is bound to become a popular choice:

MAN CV Show 2019 stand highlights ¦ A Week In Trucks


An increase in the number of hybrid and electric vehicles on the roads increases the risk of pedestrians and other vulnerable road users not hearing their apporach. Brigade's Quiet Vehicle Sounder for electric and hybrid vehicles has the potential to save lives by emitting a unique noise to alert other road users to their approach:

Electric vehicle noise generator from Brigade will save lives

Solar panels fitted to trucks can cut costs


Fancy saving 5% on fuel consumption on a rigid vehicle and 2% to 2.5% on an artic from a fit-and-forget device with a payback of less than two years and a guaranteed life of at least five years?

If the answer is yes, visit the Trailar stand (5A100) and see the photo-voltaic strips that are applied to the roofs of trucks and trailers and reduce the electrical load on the vehicle’s alternator. Ryder is so convinced that it is fitting the system to all its rigid fleet and offering it as an option on trailers.

Trailar started three years ago as a management development project at DHL Supply Chain, where managers including Aaron Thomas (pictured) and Denny Hulme were tasked with developing game-changing innovations for road transport. They looked at the solar panels being used on domestic homes’ roofs and researched whether something similar could be fitted to trucks. Their work led them to Southern California and the manufacturer of an ultra-thin, flexible solar film that could be applied to the roofs of trucks and trailers and remain maintenance-free – apart from the occasional wash – for the life of the vehicle. The pair became the co-founders of Trailar, a business set up within DHL to market the system.

Trailar MD Aaron Thomas said. “We fitted it to six rigid trucks and six trailers to test the product. At Millbrook we found it could cut fuel consumption by 5% on the rigids and up to 2.5% on an artic.”

“DHL put us into its incubator start-up programme and we started as a business in September last year, with three employees. We now have 20 staff in the UK and DHL is starting to roll it out in Germany.” Aaron Thomas, MD, Trailar

“We have already sold 500 units and want to sell 2,000 this year and maybe 5,000 next year.”

The system uses a charge controller to monitor the power produced by the solar panels and reduce the electrical drain and the drag on the truck engine from the alternator.

With so many systems on Euro-6 trucks – such as water and power steering pumps –driven electrically rather than by belts, this power saving is significant. For artics, two batteries are installed on the trailer and charged by the solar panels, making the trailer self-sufficient in electrical power so it does not need connecting to the tractor unit – even if a tail-lift is fitted.

At the show, Trailar has a 3.5-tonne refrigerated van with the roof covered in solar panels to show how the system can reduce the electrical demand of the fridge motor on the vehicle engine, therefore making large fuel and CO2 savings.

With so many battery and hybrid electric vehicles on show at the NEC, the potential for Trailar to extend the range of these vehicles is clear. The company is talking to fellow DHL start-up Street Scooter but the larger the vehicle the more room for solar panels, so expect to see Thomas and Hulme in a huddle with electric vehicle OEMs at the show this week.