Author:charleen-clarke

Face to face with Isuzu’s Michael Sacke

Isuzu Motors South Africa has turned one! What has transpired in its first year of operation? Was it a challenging time? In order to find the answers to these and other questions, CHARLEEN CLARKE goes face to face with its CEO and MD, Michael Sacke You must be glad that the trauma of the departure of General Motors from South Africa is a thing of the past. Yes, it was a difficult, challenging time. What made things even more challenging […]

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Addicted to Scania!

Kamal Mitoo, CEO of Time Link Cargo, must surely be one of the greatest Scania fans on this planet, and, as CHARLEEN CLARKE discovers, he has just reinforced his belief in the brand with an order for 100 trucks! Mitoo is famous for many things. First and foremost, there’s the fact that he started his company as recently as 2005 – and it’s a massively successful undertaking today. Second, he’s famous for being passionate about the Scania brand (you’ll never […]

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Revealed: the world’s longest BRT system

Busworld South East Asia took place in Jakarta last month and it was interesting to discover that one of its exhibitors runs the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) system in the world. The company in question, TransJakarta, boasts a BRT system measuring 251 km in length. It serves 663 000 passengers a day, who travel across 155 routes (as recently as 2015, a mere 41 routes were on offer). About 189,8-million passengers used the service of TransJakarta last year. Back […]

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Scania to pioneer full-length autonomous buses in Sweden

Scania and Nobina, the largest public-transport operator in the Nordic countries, will start trials of autonomous buses on regular routes in the Stockholm area in 2020. “The technology is now sufficiently mature to initiate trials in actual bus operations on public roads, making the project one of the first of its kind in Europe with buses this size,” explains Karin Rådström, head of buses and coaches at Scania. “The project will provide a wealth of information in the further development […]

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First Volvo e-trucks delivered to customers

Last year, I drove Volvo’s new electric trucks and now the first units have been delivered to customers! The vehicles in question are a refuse truck, which was delivered to waste and recycling company Renova, and a distribution truck, which went to the logistics company DB Schenker and partner haulier TGM, operating in Sweden. The Volvo FL Electric trucks are part of a pre-series developed in collaboration with selected customers. Series production of the Volvo FL Electric and its powerful […]

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Nissan puts I2V technology to the test

Nissan is testing Invisible-to-Visible (I2V) technology, which helps drivers “see the invisible” – such as what’s farther down the road, behind a building or around the corner. I first discovered this technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January this year, and it’s hugely cool and impressive stuff. Currently being tested at Grandrive, Nissan’s proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan, I2V is a technology that merges the real and virtual worlds. It combines information from sensors outside and […]

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Van drivers break the law (and maybe their necks too)

More than half of van drivers in the United Kingdom (UK) have admitted to making calls behind the wheel without using a hands-free device. This is the finding of a research study by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. According to the study, van drivers in the UK spend an average of 35 minutes on the phone each day in their vehicles, making an average of seven calls a day. One in ten spend two hours on the phone while driving during the […]

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Electric atmosphere in Vegas

As part of its activities at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Daimler Trucks hired the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and let us loose on and around the track … in order to experience its latest (and most definitely greatest) North American truck and bus/coach range. Daimler Trucks is aiming to offer the widest electric commercial vehicle product range in North America (out of all the original equipment manufacturers). Accordingly, the bulk of the test vehicles – the […]

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Urbanetic hits the Strip

Daimler let its incredible Urbanetic, which we first saw at the 2018 IAA in Hannover, lose on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip during the Consumer Electronics Show. Needless to say, it attracted a massive amount of attention. That was primarily because the vehicle looks so funky. However, the technology inside this vehicle study is even more incredible. Naturally, it is autonomous (dah, that’s obvious nowadays). It also runs on a battery-electric drive (another dah to that, because it’s also hardly breaking […]

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Face to face with Sophie Punte

Sophie Punte, executive director of the Smart Freight Centre, has a dream. She would like to “green” the global supply chain. CHARLEEN CLARKE went face to face with her and asked her how she planned to achieve this. Have you always been an environmental champion? Yes, when I was 21, I travelled to India and I returned a changed person. I discovered that the environment needed to be protected and I decided to dedicate my life to this cause. I […]

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