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The Riversimple hydrogen van concept has been revealed.
Riverside hydrogen concept van

Riversimple's new concept uses the same hydrogen powered fuel cell as the recently announced Riversimple Rasa hydrogen car, the benefit of this is that the only emission that the vehicle makes is water from it's tailpipe.

The new commercial vehicle is ideal for those who regularly drive in urban environments, and areas where air quality restrictions may be in place.

Recent reports state that as many as 40,000 people die each year due to air pollution with a majority of the blame being directed towards diesel engines which could in future lead to restrictions on diesel run vehicles making deliveries in urban areas.

Riversimple's ownership model will be based on a leasing subscription wihich will cover a flat charge on mileage, fuel, insurance and maintenance costs. Up to 20 Riversimple hydrogen vans are to be leased to 20 delivery firms around a hydrogen outlet.

Both the new hydrogen van and Rasa hydrogen car were designed by Chris Reitz, who designed the popular Fiat 500 town car. The new vehicles will be built in mid-Wales and will feature aerodynamic carbon fibre panels produced in Norfolk.

National rentals service Dawsonrentals have announced that they've boosted their vehicle fleet with more than 300 new vehicles.

The new vehicles come from an already existing relationship of vehicles from manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Isuzu, Ford and Mercedes-Benz. Dawsonrentals have also included Vauxhall commercial vehicles into it's line-up for the first time.

Dawsonrentals have invested in Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive vans after customer commented that they were looking to operate the newest vans in their industry sectors.

Dawsonrentals van

Managing director at Dawsonrentals, Gareth Jones has said, "Due to our growing customer base we are seeing an increase in demand for vehicles that don’t just cater to the urban driver, but are suitable for a range of different terrains, which is why we’re also investing heavily in our Specialist Division throughout the second quarter of the year."

Calvin Moore, fleet manager at Dawsonrentals Vans has also commented, "Our investment in over 300 new vehicles in this quarter is in addition to 800 new units brought in at the start of the year and several thousand additions planned before the end of 2016."

National Windscreens, the UK’s largest independently owned windscreen repair and replacement specialist have announced that they will be unveiling a new 'Advanced Driver Assistance System' during this year's Commercial Vehicle Show that is taking place at the Birmingham NEC this month.

This will be the second year that National Windscreens will have exhibited at the popular event and this year the company's stand will be focusing on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. These systems include lane departure warnings, keep lane support and predictive emergency braking. and will be covering how an increasing number of vehicles are now having these technologies fitted as standard.

National Windscreens technician

National windscreens have stated that they want fleet owners to be made aware that the rise of ADAS in vehicles means that more vehicles will need camera recalibration after having their windscreens replaced.

Technical manager for National Windscreens Tim Camm has commented saying, "An increasing number of vehicles have ADAS technology fitted on the windscreen in the form of a camera and, if the glass needs replacing, it is essential that these cameras are calibrated as well or else the safety features won’t work properly and drivers could be putting themselves and other road users at risk."

"This calibration work is best done in workshop conditions and the fact we have 108 fitting centres means we are well placed to offer this service to fleet customers, with the average UK driver never more than 11 miles or 20 minutes away from a National Windscreens technician."

Camm also said that, "I will be attending the Commercial Vehicle Show so I can explain more about what ADAS means for fleet customers, many of whom we already work with and others who we hope to work with in the future. ADAS is only going to grow in popularity and a better understanding now will ensure fleet customers are fully prepared for the changes needed with their autoglazing services."

"As a company, we have already invested £1million to ensure we can offer calibration in all of our fitting centres and ensure we remain the autoglazing supplier of choice for fleets who cannot afford to have their vehicles off the road for any length of time"

National Windscreens provide autoglazing services to 95 of the UK’s top 100 HGV fleets as well as more than 32 car fleets in the FN50 car fleets, which, thanks to their award-winning software, Partscheck, means that just by entering the vehicle’s number plate, the correct windscreen glass can be found for that vehicle in 99.5% of cases, a leading industry figure, which means National Windscreens gets it right first time for the vast majority of customers.




Renault have announced that they will be launching a new traction assistance system across its range of light-commercial vehicles.

The new X-Track system will assist business customers who regularly drive their vehicles across more challenging terrain. Renault's Trafic, Master and Kangoo light-commercial vans can be fitted with the new X-Track conversion which offers a limited-slip differential, raised ground clearance, underbody protection and is finished off with all-weather tyres.

Renault Master X-Track
Additionally the Renault Master can be specified to come equipped with a 4x4 transmission. Drivers of the 4x4 transmission vaiants will be able to choose between a 2x4 transmission for normal road use, or can switch to 4x4 transmission for off-road or poor conditions driving.

Renault have claimed that the new X-Track vehicles and Master 4x4 variants will be available for use along with their existing 'Grip Xtend' technology which offer improved grip on slippy terrain. Grip Xtend is fitted as standard on the ICE versions of Renault's Kangoo, Trafic, Master PC and LCV vehicle range.

The new X-Track models will be made available across Europe later in 2016 with the Master 4x4 will be on sale in the summer. Renault will confirm UL dates for the range in the upcoming months.

This year's Commercial Vehicle Show being held later on this month is looking to be the busiest yet with more than 460 exhibitors and all of the stand space sold out for the event.

Following trend from the events that took place in 2014 and 2015, every available square meter of display space in halls 3a, 4 and 5 at the Birmingham NEC has been allocated to exhibitors from a range of different industries such as road transport, distribution and logistics supply, making this year's show a 'must visit' event for anyone in the sector.

While all of the exhibiting space has been snapped up there is still time to register for free tickets to attend the event via The Commercial Vehicle Show 2016 website.

Commercial Vehicle Show 2016

What to expect?

This year will see more light commercial vehicle launches than ever before with manufacturers like Citroen, Toyota, Isuzu, LDV and DFSK confirming that they will be showing off new models for the very first time.

The newest technologies for 2016 will be at the forefront of this event with operators able to compare the latest developments in driver management, compliance, safety as well as real-time fleet management from a range of different telematics and software suppliers.