Author:focus-on-transport

Electric buses: coming into power?

Electric buses: coming into power? May 14, 2021 Firm deadlines have been set overseas for a move towards electric buses and greener transport. Sadly, this isn’t the case in South Africa. But some people are doing their part and laying the groundwork for a greener tomorrow. A third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from transport, according to IES, a French company specialising in high-performing electric chargers for electric vehicles in the European, North American and Asian markets. In […]

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Iveco Bus SA leverages customer service excellence

Iveco Bus SA leverages customer service excellence May 14, 2021 Although the Covid pandemic pervaded all of 2020, Iveco South Africa’s bus team has enjoyed a successful period, ranking in the top three bus companies by market share for 2020, and culminating in a number one ranking for market share during Q1, 2021. Despite the pandemic, the bus department has kept up an extensive record of sales in 2021, notes Emir Solapgir, Iveco corporate general manager, Bus SA and RHD […]

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Clark launches new L-Series forklift: built for Africa!

Clark launches new L-Series forklift: built for Africa! May 14, 2021 Clark has launched a new diesel forklift series with load capacities from 2 000 to 3 300 kg. With a focus on good value for money, the L-Series is designed for the markets in the Middle East and Africa. With the L-Series, Clark is offering the best of both the quality and cost worlds. On the one hand, the forklifts are just as powerful and solidly built as you’d […]

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New Hino 300-Series: complete transport solution for the medium truck market

New Hino 300-Series: complete transport solution for the medium truck market May 14, 2021 Hino South Africa has introduced its revised 300-Series truck range, with cosmetic changes, added features and a realigned model mix. At the launch, Masaaki Yamamoto, chief engineer of medium commercial vehicles at Hino, explained that, in designing the revised truck range, the designers and engineers focused on four key elements. “We wanted to achieve an easy drive, enhancement of the line-up, improved fuel efficiency and easy […]

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Zimbulk adds 15 Scania trucks to cross-border fleet

Zimbulk adds 15 Scania trucks to cross-border fleet May 14, 2021 Bulk liquid transporter Zimbulk took delivery of 15 new Scania G460 trucks at its Pomona, Johannesburg facility in late February to early March, with the trucks slotting straight into the cross-border fleet. ROWAN WATT-PRINGLE spoke to Zimbulk’s managing director, Mark Thomas, about his experience with the trucks so far. Zimbulk’s regional fleet consists of 150 trucks, of which 100 are South Africa-based. The fleet operates throughout Southern Africa, into […]

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Crisis for Brazilian truck industry!

Crisis for Brazilian truck industry! April 28, 2021 By Marcos Villela Covid-19 has made its mark in countries all over the world, not the least of which is Brazil, where the pandemic has crippled the truck industry. Things literally ground to a halt recently – as Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Scania all shut their factories. There was a concern about the lack of parts, but the fact is that the collapse of the Brazilian health system was the main factor […]

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REVEALED: the ridiculously weak passwords used in logistics and transportation

REVEALED: the ridiculously weak passwords used in logistics and transportation April 28, 2021 According to research, logistics and transportation industries’ employees use shockingly weak passwords! This is revealed by new research by NordPass. This is obviously very bad news: weak passwords make it very easy for hackers to access accounts! These are the top 10 passwords in the logistics and transportation industries: Company name* password 123456 aaron431 Company name01* Company name123* Xxx company name* LinkedIn Company name123* Company name1* * […]

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Ford to build electric LCV in Romania

Ford to build electric LCV in Romania April 28, 2021 Ford has revealed that it will invest $300 million (roughly R4,3 billion) to build a new light commercial vehicle (LCV) in 2023 at its Craiova Assembly Plant in Romania, including an all-electric version due to debut in 2024 – the first all-electric Ford volume vehicle to be built in Romania. “Ford’s Craiova operations have a strong record of delivering world-class competitiveness and flexibility. Our plan to build this new LCV […]

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WARNING: The wages of your motorcycle drivers may be WRONG!

WARNING: The wages of your motorcycle drivers may be WRONG! April 28, 2021 Motorcycle drivers delivering goods ranging from groceries to clothing have become ubiquitous on South Africa’s roads, especially since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The question that arises is: are these drivers part of the wholesale and retail sector, or are they part of the road freight and logistics industry? The answer could have important implications for wholesale and retail employers in terms of salary costs. It […]

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Iveco developing autonomous trucks

Iveco developing autonomous trucks April 20, 2021 Iveco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Plus, a leading global autonomous trucking company, to jointly develop autonomous trucks. Under the terms of the non-binding MOU, Iveco and Plus will integrate Iveco’s latest-generation S-Way heavy-duty truck with the PlusDrive full-stack autonomous driving system. The cooperation will also explore using Iveco’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) engine system to power the jointly developed autonomous trucks. The partnership combines Iveco’s expertise in heavy-duty truck […]

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