System Group Attends Third Annual Freight in the City Expo

This year Freight in the City hosted Transport for London’s

LoCity progress event. LoCity aims to increase the understanding and uptake of low emission commercial vehicles.

The popular event moved into the Great Hall as more vehicles, equipment and technology emerged onto the market to make urban deliveries cleaner, safer and quieter.

Alongside this, a packed seminar programme brought together top industry speakers who are focused on exploring practical examples of sustainable city logistics operations from around the world.

Focus streams separate into heavy & light vehicles. One and a half million commercial vehicles moving freight, e-retail has brought a third of those vehicles into the light vehicle sector focused on home and work place delivery of packages.

LoCity Light vehicle chair, Carl Lomas explains the two key issues facing operators in the electric-centric alternative fuel van market, ‘Infrastructure and finding charging is top of the list, the second reality is we have two different needs for charging. Vehicles operated from a hub working set routes, then the bigger challenge of how to charge vehicles operating from a driver’s home, these drivers often have no off-street parking and work sporadic routes unknown in the exploding next day, same day market.’

The trade side of Freight in the City grows, supported by Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Fuso Canter, the free-to-attend event was the ideal opportunity to not only discover the latest urban delivery equipment, but also to network and make important new connections from multiple cities.

The event consisted of a range of speakers for visitors to gain insight from.

Session one;

• Speaker, Sam Clarke, co-Director, Gnewt Cargo, Institute of Couriers chairman of the Electric Vehicle Group - Gnewt Cargo is working in partnership with the Greater London Authority to trial a first-of-its-kind deployment of larger, zero-emission vans for last-mile deliveries in the capital.

• Speaker: Neil Herron, CEO and founder, Grid Smarter Cities - Find out how local authorities and operators are trialling a new virtual loading bay system to help improve congestion, encourage cleaner freight vehicles and reduce PCN costs.

• Speaker: Matt Key, Chief of Business Development, Arrival - The Robopilot project aims to bring autonomous racing technology to the light commercial vehicle market, combing sensors around the vehicle with mapping, AI and fleet information to improve safety.

• Speaker: Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Calor Gas Calor Gas is working collaboratively to develop and trial a new 16-tonne electric truck with low-emission range-extended capability.

Session Two;

Transport for London updated delegates on the latest air quality strategies in the capital, and show the progress made across its LoCITY working groups in helping the freight sector transition to ultra-low-emission commercial vehicles. Topics include:

• Speaker: Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London - Mayor of London’s Draft Transport Strategy and London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone – what these mean for commercial vehicle operators.

Session Three;

Speaker: Jim Chappell, Freight and Fleet Lead, TRL- TRL explores how a growing trend towards greater visibility of freight movements will see new business models adopted for urban deliveries, Jim looked at the role that market disrupter technology, such as autonomous vehicles, might play in shaping the future.

The big debate…

Tim Ward TFL and Ali Kagalwalla City Sprint:

  • Direct Vision Standard for trucks

  • Greater consolidation of loads

  • City diesel bans

  • Future fuels

  • Consolidation that works

  • The role of autonomous delivery vehicles

  • Beating congestion

  • Road charging

Session Four;

Closing the day with a theme on Safe and secure.

The session looked at some of the key security and safety issues affecting hauliers operating in an urban environment.

Speaker: Matt Hague, Executive Director – Product Strategy, Microlise - Effective harnessing of big data has significant potential to help fleet operators boost safety in urban

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