Insight into the Commercial Vehicle Show 2024

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Now in its 23rd year, the Commercial Vehicle Show is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 23-25 April and is the place to discover the latest vans, trucks and specialist vehicles, as well as the components and services that help fleet operators drive  efficiencies and achieve decarbonisation

With the road transport industry navigating the road to net zero, the CV Show is returning to NEC Birmingham in April 2024 in expanded form to help operators prepare their businesses for growth against a complex and ever-changing backdrop of new regulations and technology.

With the EU expected to implement new emissions standards for conventional truck and van engines from 2027, the UK ending the sale of new non-zero emission vans and trucks under 26 tonnes by 2035 – with heavier HGVs to follow in 2040 – and a national shortage of truck technicians, the commercial vehicle industry is undergoing the most radical changes in its history. 

For operators, manufacturers and technicians looking to futureproof their fleets and skills, the CV Show will include an essential conference covering decarbonisation, including electrification and hydrogen, skills and recruitment, and technical updates.

What's more, the Commercial Vehicle Show is the place to discover the latest vans, trucks and specialist vehicles, as well as the components and services that help commercial fleet operators drive efficiencies and deliver on decarbonisation targets.

Within the Show there is a Workshop Sector which showcases everything from OE components and replacement parts to maintenance management systems, garage, workshop, and body shop equipment. And for those moving goods to be kept at a constantly controlled temperature, the Cool Chain Sector will showcase a range of refrigerated vehicles, fridge units, monitoring equipment and more.

The CV Show is hosted with its members the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Vehicle selection

There will be a number of new vehicle launches at this year's show, many of which will be zero-emission.

Renault for example, will showcase how it offers a pure electric version of every model in its LCV range, with the forthcoming the recently-launched Renault Trafic E-Tech electric and the Kangoo E-Tech electric joining the new Master E-Tech, which has a range of up to 285 miles (WLTP) and a  payload of 1,625 kg.

Meanwhile, Renault's mobility company Mobilize will be showcasing its Fleet@Home offering, which provides a flexible charging solution for businesses that wish to give drivers the choice of charging at home, at work or on the road. Benefits of this software include the ability to view charging sessions, costs and consumption on one portal across all charge points, plus drivers being able to directly expense the domestic electricity that’s been used for business miles.

Maxus will be returning to the CV Show this year with two exciting launches - the eDeliver 5 electric van, and MIFA 7 - the second model in MAXUS’ all-electric MPV series, as well as a selection of its other commercial vehicles.

Mark Barrett, Managing Director, Group Franchises, at Harris Group, said: "The CV Show is a key calendar date for our brand, serving as a dynamic platform to showcase Harris MAXUS’ commitment to innovation in the commercial vehicle sector in the UK and beyond.

"The CV Show is a fantastic launchpad for unveiling new and ground-breaking products, reaching not only the media but also the business world and the public at large. It’s our opportunity to demonstrate our dedication to pushing boundaries and engage with a diverse audience eager to witness the future of commercial vehicles."

Ford Pro will be exhibiting at the CV Show with its all-new, electrified Transit line up, an award-winning Ranger portfolio and some new integrated software. 

The E-Transit Courier, Transit Connect plug-in hybrid and E-Transit Custom join the E-Transit, featuring as a minibus, Tipper and Van, as well as some Ford Pro Special Vehicles.

Workshop equipment

Workshop equipment specialist Totalkare will be attending the show to demonstrate its vehicle lifts, brake testers and live wheel alignment and tyre changer demonstrations.

Totalkare will be displaying its mobile column lifts, as well as a two-post lift, vehicle inspection pit, mobile brake tester, tyre changers, wheel alignment, diagnostic equipment and more.

Steve Braund, marketing manager at Totalkare said: "The CV Show remains a key event in Totalkare’s calendar – meeting new customers and catching up with existing ones to showcase our ever-expanding portfolio of commercial vehicle workshop equipment is always a highlight for us and we expect 2024’s show to be no different.

"Our team will be on hand to offer advice on the best lifting and testing solutions and our extensive range of comprehensive service and maintenance options."

Flying the flag for commercial vehicles

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The commercial vehicle sector plays a pivotal role in the UK economy, with manufacturers investing billions to deliver ever greener, safer and more cost-effective vehicles and equipment. With the sector in such a period of complex change, operators’ need for expert insight into the latest technologies and regulation has never been greater. In these uncertain times, the CV Show is an unmissable opportunity, providing the most authoritative platform for manufacturers to demonstrate how they can help businesses across Britain navigate the road ahead.”

Richard Smith, RHA Managing Director, said: “The CV Show is a vital fixture in the commercial road vehicle sector promoting the very best innovations to help businesses operate responsibly and efficiently. It's also an opportunity for people to connect, learn and join in conversations about the future of our industry, especially on the journey to net zero. We are proud to be a partner in our industry’s biggest trade exhibition in the UK.”

John Eastman, President, IRTE, said: “The CV Show plays an important and vital role in the total scene of road transport not only in the display of new vehicles, but the development of initiatives that allow the operators of trucks, the owners of trucks and the providers of maintenance, to look ahead to achieving efficiency, reducing emissions and improvement in safety in an arena that reflects the importance of road transport to the nation. Large or small, road transport vehicles are an integral part of the economy. The CV Show allows all associated with transport a window to look into the future, and how best to be safe and compliant.”