The latest from LoCITY's James Smith

With Brexit negotiations currently taking up all the news, I thought it was very timely to hear positive messages from C40 Cities at the recent LoCITY working groups. Learning about what others are doing to combat climate change helps bring the global challenge into focus but also highlights how far London is pushing ahead in trialling innovative solutions. One area where we might take a look further afield is public procurement. It’s surely worth keeping an eye on Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Oslo as they aim to systematically introduce zero emission vehicles via their municipal fleet contracts ( If that’s successful then could that influence how we implement Clean Air Zones?

There are 94 C40 affiliated cities in the world which have made a commitment to greener healthier streets. How this translates practically to peoples lives and then demands to business is defined locally by city leaders but with a collective ambition. London has a clear need to improve air quality and the recent publication of a Freight and Servicing Action Plan indicates the steps we’ll be introducing to address this – including more support for LoCITY! The plan outlines how the fleet industry can continue to meet needs of the economy, whilst decreasing the number of freight vehicles entering central London by 10 per cent over six years. A stiff challenge when the volume of freight and servicing trips are forecast to grow. This means trialling innovative solutions and learning from other parts of the world.  

Our plan is for LoCITY to help share knowledge through webinars, surgeries and presentations from relevant organisations operating on the continent, China and North America. Many of these regions share common barriers where operator business models are shifting, policymakers don’t have accurate data on freight activity, manufacturer uncertainty is impacting consumer confidence, and agencies are wondering who will pay for new infrastructure. However, the approach being used to address this varies widely. China’s productivity model and commitment to delivery have seen them push ahead but does the UK currently have the ability to implement similar wholesale changes in short order? If not then what is looking more achievable? Organisations which forge alliances to trial new ideas and accelerate the market are critical whether that’s at a global scale like C40, nationally like Calstart in the United States, or regionally like Cross River Partnerships for London.

LoCITY will always seek to highlight organisations which are advocating smarter freight logistics and cleaner fuel technologies. Our members are doing more than most to make a difference but sometimes you need a quick reminder how far you’ve come in a short space of time.

Making sense of the vast amount of data produced from telematics can often be daunting, resulting in opportunities being missed and actions not being taken. Our expert panelists share their advice on how to make sure valuable fleet information is not getting lost

Telematics generates vast amounts of data which needs to be digested and acted on if any benefits are to be realised. But how well are fleets using data? And do companies have a moral and legal obligation to act on reports of bad driving? We ask our telematics experts

Meet our new leasing experts, who in this first discussion, examine how new challenges such as Brexit, air quality and policy changes are affecting fleet managers

In the first of a new panel discussion, we ask our experts their views on how telematics have shaped and driven change within the fleet management profession, and why reluctance to use fleet technology still exists within some organisations

GreenFleet Expert Panel - Leasing

Can it pay to think differently about the way we travel? Our expert panelists examine how the new concept of ‘mobility’ is impacting the fleet sector

Expert Panel

Following the launch of the Department of Transport’s consultation into making charge points more accessible, GreenFleet’s expert panelists give their views on the key factors that will shape the electric vehicle market’s development in the near future.

GreenFleet Expert Panel - Leasing

How can leasing and contract hire firms help with the wider role of fleet management? And what role does the industry play in driving down emissions? We ask our new expert panel for their views.

Expert Panel - Telematics

Our telematics expert panelists share their thoughts on how technology has helped drive down road emissions, how telematics grows the appeal of electric vehicles, and how autonomous vehicles could benefit fleets in the future.

Expert Panel - Electric Fleets

GreenFleet taps into the minds of its expert panel to assess the place of electric vehicles in company car fleets and what the major barriers to adoption will be moving forward.

GreenFleet Expert Panel - Connectivity

Technology is changing the way we travel. GreenFleet quizzes its telematics expert panel on how connectivity is facilitating new mobility trends, aiding fleet management, and reducing CO2 emissions.

Forecast to be a jewel in Kia’s European sales crown, the third-generation Kia Ceed has a lot resting on its more sculpted shoulders reports Richard Gooding

After an absence of 13 years and with petrol-electric powertrains to the fore, the Toyota Corolla is back in the UK. Richard Gooding drives the hybrid-focused model range

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the first EV to bring a near-300 miles of range to the affordable end of the electric car market. Richard Gooding finds very few flaws

The Electric Vehicle market is growing at a previously unprecedented rate. Between 2013 and 2015, National Grid consistently said there would be around 5 million EVs on UK roads by 2035.

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