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Matt Eisenegger interviews leading figures in the commercial vehicles sector. Matt and his guests discuss current issues, future issues, future technologies, and where the industry seems to be going in the short, medium, and long term.

Matt Eisenegger interviews leading figures in the commercial vehicles sector. Matt and his guests discuss current issues, future issues, future technologies, and where the industry seems to be going in the short, medium, and long term.

Location:

United Kingdom

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Matt Eisenegger interviews leading figures in the commercial vehicles sector. Matt and his guests discuss current issues, future issues, future technologies, and where the industry seems to be going in the short, medium, and long term.

Language:

English


Episodes

10: CV Focus episode 10 - Aaron Thomas

11/25/2020
Arguably, there’s been more development in vehicles and technology over the last five years, than the previous 15. This week Matt Eisenegger talks with one of those genuinely at the cutting edge: Aaron Thomas, Co-Founder and MD of TRAILAR, which uses solar panels on the roofs of vehicles to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. He explains how, along with Co-Founder Denny Hulme, the idea was developed as part of a DHL management development program, to fulfil a brief of ideas to ‘seriously...

Duration:00:31:35

9: CV Focus episode 9 - Adam Purshall

11/18/2020
The logistics sector has seen sweeping changes this year and had to adapt rapidly to circumstances. To find out more, Matt Eisenegger chats with Adam Purshall, Fleet & Procurement Director at leading logistics operator Bibby Distribution. “We’ve had to change, but it forces you to change – such as in digitalisation – it brings forward a lot of things,” says Adam of the business that has 1,400 staff operating from 45 UK locations. Adam talks about its all Euro 6 fleet, and the extra fuel...

Duration:00:31:56

8: CV Focus episode 8 - Daniel Hurcombe

10/9/2020
Here’s a challenge: How do you make home deliveries greener and more economical? One answer is lightweighting the vehicle and increasing its capacity – both in payload and space terms – so that it can do more deliveries before returning to base, have lower running costs and be easy for drivers to use. That’s not a new challenge, but thanks to the clever use of new technology, Penso Group’s ‘Blue Ocean Pods’ is delivering a solution that works. Daniel Hurcombe, MD of the long-established...

Duration:00:29:34

7: CV Focus episode 7 - James Westcott

10/2/2020
CNG, LNG and biogas - it’s all methane - so what’s the difference? Explaining everything you need to know about gas is James Westcott, Chief Commercial Officer for Gasrec, which supplies infrastructure, such as refuelling stations. He sets out the advantages of using gas - that it’s cleaner and cheaper than diesel - and ready technology that’s available now for heavy-duty-cycle trucks and buses. With Gasrec’s DIRFT, Daventry, station already filling around 350 trucks from 20 different...

Duration:00:31:04

6: CV Focus episode 6 - Rob Fowler

9/25/2020
It’s not everyday that a new manufacturer arrives on the truck market. Even less so when their product is electric and radically different to anything else on the road. In an exclusive interview with Volta Trucks’ CEO Rob Fowler, CV Focus discovers the driving forces behind this exciting new venture, and why such a radical and different delivery truck will be on streets all over the country pretty soon. Part of this is that Rob Fowler doesn’t come from a vehicle manufacturer, but an...

Duration:00:46:16

5: CV Focus episode 5 - Paul McGerty

9/18/2020
At 64,000 sq ft - the size of a football pitch - and with 39 vehicle bays, AGS’ brand new Heathrow dealership is the largest undercover workshop of its kind in the country. What’s more, of the £6m investment to build it, £1m has been spent on making it ready for electric commercial vehicles, from bespoke bays and equipment to its own sub-station. AGS Joint MD Paul McGerty tells us why it’s been future-proofed and what working with customers based at Heathrow is really like. Heathrow, says...

Duration:00:29:28

4: CV Focus episode 4 - Steve Winter

9/4/2020
British Gas is genuinely at the forefront of vehicle technology. Having started its electric vehicle (EV) journey in 2014, it’s already got 10% of its 10,000-strong UK van fleet as EVs. What’s more, as an EV100 signatory it has pledged to be totally zero-carbon by 2030. Can it achieve this? Matt Eisenegger puts this question to British Gas Head of Fleet Steve Winter, who explains what needs to be done, and the challenges that are ahead. As he starts to take delivery of 1,000 Vauxhall...

Duration:00:30:35

3: CV Focus episode 3 - Phil Moon

8/14/2020
While electric is starting to take over in urban deliveries, diesel still has a long-term future in heavy trucks, so what are the policy levers that government can pull to make it even greener? One that is simple to implement, requires no infrastructure investment and can be used today is (HVO) hydrotreated vegetable oil, hears CV Focus presenter Matt Eisenegger. Very environmentally friendly, HVO is a form of solar power (via plants) and all from truly sustainable products. Crucially, it’s...

Duration:00:34:14

2: CV Focus episode 2 - Carlos Rodrigues

8/7/2020
“You need to start now. Don’t wait. The early you start the better.” That’s the verdict on electromobility from Carlos Rodrigues, MD Renault Trucks UK. In an exclusive CV Focus podcast, he talks with Matt Eisenegger about why COVID-19 is not an excuse to take your foot off the pedal with the renewal of your fleet and move to electric vans and trucks. One of Carlos’ key focuses is to drive the brand’s electromobility journey, with full-electric Renault Trucks from 3.1T to 26T now a reality....

Duration:00:34:05

1: CV Focus episode 1 - Steve Bridge

8/3/2020
Doing what’s best for the customer - not the manufacturer - might seem a slightly unorthodox way of doing things, but that’s normal business for Steve Bridge, MD of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK. But then Steve Bridge isn’t your normal van MD who is chained to a desk, having just spent a day with a delivery driver to remind himself of what life at the front line is really like. And, rather than gaining insights purely through sales - which during lockdown saw the Sprinter as Britain’s best selling...

Duration:00:32:08