The Commercial Vehicle Show returns to Birmingham

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Preparations to welcome thousands of visitors to the 2022 Commercial Vehicle Show are well underway, as the UK’s largest road transport exhibition returns to its Spring-time date

Renowned for attracting a broad spectrum of manufacturers, equipment and other industry sector suppliers, bringing the latest products, services and technology solutions to the show, the annual gathering is the perfect platform to re-engage with existing contacts and connect with key decision makers. Hundreds of exhibitors have already signed up to this year’s show, taking place 24-26 May, demonstrating the longevity and uniqueness of the event as the largest and best attended commercial vehicle event in the UK creating new growth opportunities for operators of all sizes.
    
This year, the show will be welcoming many companies making their first appearance at the show, such as BP Fleet Solutions, Digihaul and NanoSun. The Show organisers are delighted that many regular exhibitors including SDC Trailers, Carrier Transicold, BOTT, BPW, Brigade, Gray & Adams, Kuda, Mandata, NLG and many others will be returning to the Show; as well as hosting regular vehicle manufacturers like Ford, Harris Maxus, Isuzu, Toyota and many other leading companies of all sizes from across the industry. With such an array on show, operators can expect another successful Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in May.
    
“We aim for the Show to give visitors the complete package of the commercial vehicle industry with new vehicles, emerging technologies and the opportunity to connect with key decision makers and other individuals who are as passionate about the sector as they are. In particular, we are pleased to be welcoming a wealth of exhibiting companies ready to pass on their knowledge, products and services to help organisations switch to a cleaner fleet.” said Murray Ellis, Show Director.

Fuel efficient pick-ups

The Award-Winning D-Max by exhibiting company Isuzu, is one of the cleanest and most fuel-efficient pick-ups currently on the market. With a Euro 6D engine that is ULEZ compliant and capable of up to 40mpg, the D-Max leads the pick-up pack. It comes complete with class-leading safety technology and was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating in the tough new Euro NCAP test whilst retaining its 3.5 tonne towing capacity and one-tonne payload. A first in the UK pick-up market, the D-Max is fitted with the new ADAS system (Advanced Driver Assistance System). Every new model includes traffic sign recognition and cruise control, which is adaptive on auto models and alongside the speed limiter function can help operators reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

The 1.9-litre Euro 6D engine fitted to the Isuzu D-Max uses the AdBlue fuel additive along with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to reduce harmful Nitrogen Dioxide levels. To help further reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency, all Isuzu D-Max models also feature a Stop & Start system which turns off the engine momentarily when at a standstill, for example, when in heavy traffic or stopped at traffic lights.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a foundation of another exhibitor BP Fleet Solutions. They’ve set ambitious aims to reduce emissions, scale up renewables and invest more in low carbon. At BP, they believe that electrification is key to helping the world get to net zero.
    
No matter the size of your fleet, or where you are on your low-carbon transition journey, it’s important to have a quality partner to help get you there. Fuel, electric or mixed, BP provides innovative energy and fleet mobility solutions for fleets of all shapes and sizes. To help drive EV adoption, they want to provide the fastest, most convenient network of charging – more than 8,500 public charging points in the UK with the ambition to increase this with 16,000 by 2030.
    
Bio-LNG and bio-CNG also play a crucial role in the energy transition and decarbonization of the heavy-freight industry and is another example of how they’re helping decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors. They’re excited to work with an industry leader like Gasrec to increase the supply of biomethane for HGV customers. This investment further expands BP’s global renewable gas portfolio, an area which they believe will have an increasingly important role on the path to net zero. And in order to get immediate available alternatives, they are also working with Green Biofuels, who are at the forefront of HVO supply in the UK market, providing their customers with solutions to help them take steps to decarbonize today. This investment further expands BP’s biofuels portfolio, as they transition to become an integrated energy company.
    
BP Solutions will be showcasing their complete offering at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, including their all-in-one solution BP Fuel & Charge card, BP pulse electric infrastructure, their carbon offsetting programme called BP Target Neutral, digital tools like BPme app and much more.

Telematics

Trakm8 will be showcasing how its solutions can drive up fleet efficiency and sustainability at the show. The business will be exhibiting at stand 5C10 across the three-day event, highlighting its full suite of fleet management solutions, all accessible via Trakm8’s insight platform, which provides managers with a 360 view of their fleet from a single source.
    
With rising fuel costs set to rumble on throughout 2022, the thoughts of many commercial vehicle operators will be turning to getting the most out of their vehicles. To ease that concern, Trakm8 will be showcasing its Route Optimisation software. Designed to reduce fuel expenditure and improve fleet efficiency, Trakm8’s Optimisation platform has a proven track record of increasing productivity by up to 33 per cent and cutting fuel bills by up to 20 per cent.
Trakm8’s Optimisation technology can also help businesses shrink their carbon footprint, with the intuitive software helping fleets to work smarter with fewer vehicles and hence minimising CO2 output.
    
The ongoing vehicle parts shortage is forcing businesses to manage ageing fleets for longer, a challenge Trakm8’s Connectedcare solution can help fleets address. Trakm8 will be delivering a series of live Connectedcare demos at the CV Show, utilising a live vehicle instrument cluster to demonstrate how fault codes on a vehicle are recorded within Trakm8’s fleet management software Insight, highlighting how the system can help fleet managers monitor for faults across their vehicle fleet, ultimately minimising the risk of costly, unplanned downtime.
    
The business will also be presenting its newly launched C430-S telematics device, a self-fit solution that can be moved from vehicle-to-vehicle, providing transport operators with a rich seam of data-led insights into driver behaviour and vehicle status. Coupled with the ACC750 Driver ID & Feedback device, this provides live in cab driver coaching and scoring.  At a time when an increasing number of businesses are shifting towards the Grey Fleet model, a flexible, easy-to-install telematics solution such as the C430-S can be truly game-changing.

Also displaying its telematics solutions, Teletrac Navman will be showcasing its innovative AI Smart Dashcams and EV Readiness Tool at the CV Show.
    
The Smart Dashcam boasts a powerful AI-enabled dashcam solution with forward and driver-facing cameras that integrates with the company’s TN360 platform.
    
The Smart Dashcam is the newest addition to Teletrac Navman’s suite of intelligent driver safety products. The innovative approach helps build trust and reduce risk as the AI footage provides insights into driver behaviour and incident recordings. This information allows transport managers and safety managers to protect their drivers through personalised coaching.
    
Also present at the CV Show will be the company’s EV Readiness Tool which guides transport managers through the electrification process from start to finish.
    
Peter Millichap, marketing director at Teletrac Navman, commented: “It is great to be able to showcase our leading technology at the CV Show 2022. It’s an important event on the calendar and offers a valuable opportunity to highlight our latest solutions for transport and safety managers. The Smart Dashcam and EV Readiness Tool are two pieces of innovation we are proud to showcase over the two-day event.”

Electric vans

MAXUS is gearing up for its biggest CV Show ever with two new vehicle reveals planned, as part of the brand’s continued commitment to greener motoring.
    
While the details are still under wraps, MAXUS has confirmed that it will showcase two new vehicles for the UK market on Tuesday 24 May at 11am and invites CV Show visitors to join the team for the big reveal.
    
For the second consecutive year, MAXUS is going fully electric at the CV Show. Stand 5D110 will be a pure EV experience featuring 12 zero emission vehicles, including an e DELIVER 9 panel van, dropside and minibus, as well as featuring the e DELIVER 3 sports model panel van, tipper, specialist conversion van and milk float.
    
Mark Barrett, general manager of HARRIS MAXUS said: “The CV Show is always a highlight on the calendar for MAXUS, but this year we are planning to go bigger than ever before. Extending our range beyond LCVs, we will be unveiling two new vehicles to the UK market on Tuesday morning, which we are confident will attract interest beyond the commercial market. This is a big moment for MAXUS so make sure to stop by our stand because you won’t want to miss it. This year we are also bringing our largest fleet of EVs to the CV Show with 12 of our most innovative zero-emission vehicles making the journey to the NEC Birmingham.
    
“Our stand will be fully electric for the second year running. EV experts from MAXUS and our wider dealership network will be available to CV show visitors to answer any questions related to electric motoring. So, for anyone considering making the switch to electric, this is a golden opportunity to get up close not only with the MAXUS EV range, but those who can offer advice and insight.”

Flexible fleets

LeasePlan will also be exhibiting at the CV Show to share expertise and resources to help fleets. Attending on stand 5F75, LeasePlan will be able to help with switching to electric vans, assessing buying versus leasing, reducing vehicle off road time, and demonstrating safety and compliance.
    
Alphabet is also attending the show to help companies manage their corporate mobility in an economical and sustainable way. With both car and commercial vehicle funding and fleet management expertise, Alphabet offers a wealth of knowledge, supported by its comprehensive portfolio of products and services ranging from electric vehicle consultancy to risk management, delivered by its dedicated teams.

Industry issues

As 2022 unfolds, the spotlight continues to shine on multiple issues from within the commercial vehicle sector, from short term shortages in resourcing, to long-term fleet planning and preparation towards the end of sale of conventionally fuelled vans in 2030 and HGVs in 2040. A host of show content will be available to visitors to help address these challenges including a series of expert panel discussions, with audience interaction, which will take place in Live Theatres across all three days of the show. These talks will address some of the most crucial and important topics facing the industry whilst answering questions from attendees.
    
Murray continues: “Despite the challenges the industry has faced in recent months, it is time to look ahead, to prepare businesses large and small for the future. The 2022 Commercial Vehicle Show is the place for everyone working within the commercial vehicle sector to be at – offering the ideal opportunity for seeing new products and services, gathering information and networking with industry colleagues to discuss the most important issues facing SME and large operators. The Show is the event where business gets done.”
    
While new vehicle launches tend to grab the limelight, the Commercial Vehicle Show caters for every operator’s requirements. Within the Show each year are two dedicated sectors,  the ‘Workshop Sector’ and the ‘Cool Chain Sector’. The Cool Chain Sector satisfies the special requirements of the temperature-controlled operator with a comprehensive display of refrigerated transport and cold chain equipment. Come and see big names including Gray & Adams, Paneltex, Carrier Transicold, Solomon Commercials and Dometic. The Workshop sector is an all-encompassing shop window for operators to connect with exhibitors specialising in aftermarket services and vehicle maintenance. Companies exhibiting include TotalKare, Karcher, VehoCheck, PODFather, Stanley, Checkedsafe and eDynamix.
    
The Show presents an unrivalled opportunity for exhibitors to demonstrate their latest products and services to key decision makers, and to do so at a time when the industry is looking forward to renewing relationships.
    
Many more leading brands are expected to confirm their participation in the coming days. To view the latest floorplan and exhibitor list go to www.cvshow.com

Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24-26 May, visitors can register for their free tickets now at cvshow.com.