Monthly Archives: March 2012

Azure Dynamics in Financial Trouble


The electric vehicle market was hit by some bad news this week. Azure Dynamics, the company behind the Ford Transit Connect Electric, has closed its European operation and filed for bankruptcy protection.
Tough Times
The company has simply been caught out by such turbulent financial times across Europe and has sadly had to close its European doors. It was revealed that around 500 Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect Electric vehicles were produced with over half of them being […]

Mercedes-Benz Is the HSS Hire Van of Choice

HSS Hire is a company that provide a nationwide tool and equipment hiring service. In 2009 they selected Mercedes-Benz as their only commercial van supplier. As the agreement drew to a close, HSS Hire decided to renew their contract. Mercedes-Benz will continue to supply them with replacement units and a wide range of new vehicles. With these new acquisitions comes the requirement to protect their growing fleet with quality commercial van insurance.
Why Mercedes-Benz?
Mercedes’ commercial […]

Keeping Your Van Secure


Securing your van is absolutely essential for your trade. Without effective van security your van and goods will be at risk from opportunist thieves. Van thefts have also been rife in recent months, or more specifically, catalytic converters have been vulnerable due to their high scrap value, and so it has become increasingly important to lock up your van and ensure it is secured and insured with a decent commercial vehicle insurance quote.
Security Strategies
In order […]

Restoration Challenge for Canadian Van Fanatic

Charlie Grahn is a Canadian van fanatic who has taken on the challenge of restoring his classic 1950 Morris J-type van. The van had been stationary in the previous owner’s backyard for over 30 years. By the time Charlie purchased it in 2008, pieces of the vehicle were literally falling off it. Once he begins to restore the van to its former glory, it will be important for him to protect his investment with […]

Ford Transit – Van of the Year


On Monday we blogged about the Renault Kangoo Z.E being named as the ecoVan of the Year by VansA2Z.com, however, that wasn’t the only award handed out by the website. They also named their 2012 Van of the Year. Such acclaim went to the Ford Transit while Ford also scooped a number of other awards.
Other Notable Awards
The Ford Ranger won the Best Pick-up while the brilliant Transit van, in addition to the Van of […]

Renault Kangoo Z.E. Voted ecoVan 2012

At the VansA2Z.com awards, Renault’s Kangoo Z.E. van was voted ecoVan of the year 2012. It faced some stiff competition beating Azure Dynamics Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL and the Nicholson McLaren Citroen Nemo. It was also recognised as International Van of the Year, making it the first electric vehicle to hold the prestigious title. This van has continued to impress, as I have mentioned in a previous blog that it won Van of […]

Incentives Needed to Sustain Low Emission Van Market

A report published by Element Energy and commissioned by the Department for Transport assessed the market potential of ultra-low emission technology for vans. They concluded that:
• the cost of ownership is 50% higher than a diesel engine equivalent,
• of those willing to pay a premium for a low emission van 10% is the maximum,
• using government oil price projections, by the year 2030 the cost of ownership will still be 10% […]

Hybrid Chevrolet 2500 Cargo Van to be displayed

XL Hybrids is a company that have developed a hybrid vehicle technology which has been fitted into Chevrolet’s Express 2500 cargo van. The van will be displayed at the 2012 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Conference Energy Showcase. The company has been conducting pilot trials of this van in preparation of launching the van for commercial sales.
Hybrid Technology
Hybrid vehicles have been available over the past ten years, providing an alternative environmentally friendly vehicle. […]

Low-Carbon Trial Programme


It has been announced that the government is set to run a £9.5 million demonstration programme in order to further encourage road haulage operators in the UK to extend, or even begin, their use of low carbon commercial vehicles.
Emissions and Costs
This is, on the face of it, a fairly expensive scheme, however it is hopefully one that will massively reduce our carbon footprint in the UK. It may also reduce commercial vehicle insurance quotes for […]

The Mini Clubvan


You most probably won’t have failed to notice that Mini has produced a new van concept. It’s called the Clubvan and it is thought to be hitting our showrooms before the end of the year. Unsurprisingly, due to the name of it, it is based on the Clubman.
Geneva Motor Show
We’ve already blogged about this new, potential van, when it was known as the Cargo, but since it’s so important that Mini could re-launch their version […]