Ford’s latest hybrid vans revealed

Newsflash! Even though there were a few hints earlier in the year, we think Ford’s latest release of hybrid van models is absolutely electrifying news. So much so, that we make no apologies for the pun…

New models, new breed

It was a pretty telling step when Ford announced in early 2019 that every one of their models rolling off the production line from now on will include at least one electrified option – including hybrid versions. For anyone making a living from courier work and considering an upgrade, the news would probably be enough to tip the scales in Ford’s favour; the fact that two of its most popular models used for courier work are among the first of the ‘new breed’ might seal quite a few deals.

Focus and Fiesta given the hybrid treatment

As part of the manufacturer’s widespread electrification plans, the Fiesta and Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models were unveiled in Amsterdam in early April. The vehicles feature a ‘mild hybrid’ version of the standard EcoBoost – which is a three-cylinder, one-litre petrol engine. So how are they different? Glad you asked.

But what does all that mean?

Glad you asked… If you’re into the facts and figures it’s actually pretty impressive when you break down what these hybrid engines can achieve in terms of efficiency and emissions reductions.

Focus EcoBoost

Fuel efficiency 4.71/100km
CO2 emissions – from 106g/km

Fiesta EcoBoost

Fuel efficiency – 4.91/100km
CO2 emissions – from 112g/km

If you’re going to be using your vehicle for courier work, not only do these stats represent a potentially significant saving on fuel/running costs, they’ll deliver you smoothly into EU compliancy without a care in the world – and that kind of assurance is priceless.

Not only, but also…

If you’re in the market for a larger capacity vehicle than those two above, you might want to hold off until a little later in the year when Ford releases new hybrid models of the two-litre TDCi diesel Transit and Torneo. Here are some more stats to get your motor running.

Transit Two-Tonne EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 7.61/100km
CO2 emissions – from 144g/km

Transit Custom EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 6.71/100km
CO2 emissions – from 139g/km

Torneo Custom EcoBlue

Fuel efficiency – 7.01/100km
CO2 emissions – from 137g/km

Ford: delivering for the delivery drivers

Ford has always stressed their commitment to producing more environmentally sustainable vehicles for their customers. They’ve certainly proved they’re capable of delivering on that, by developing green engines for their most popular models. So, if you’re planning on upgrading your van anytime soon, are they worth a look? We definitely think so. Glad you asked…

Do you want to get more courier work or expand your reach throughout the UK and Europe? Do you want to subcontract loads or find a reliable driver to transport your goods? If you’re not already a member of the Courier Exchange, you’re missing out on the opportunity to do all that and more. Become part of this vital industry network and take your business to new heights.

There are a few issues that have had more airtime recently than the impending implementation of CAZs (Clean Air Zones) as part of the strategy to reduce emissions in our UK cities. While there’s absolutely no doubt a more environmentally friendly approach to managing congested cities is urgently required, there are many who believe that charging to enter these zones will put huge pressure on the infrastructure.

If you’re a delivery driver no doubt you’ve been following the topic with interest, and you may already be aware that a growing number of local councils are rejecting the CAZ and coming up with their own alternatives to solving the problem. Following hot on the heels of Southampton, Nottingham, and Derby, Cardiff Council is the latest to do so.

Tackling emissions without a CAZ

Back in January 2018, in a well-publicised case the organisation ClientEarth challenged the Welsh Government to reduce the levels of NO2 on Castle Street, in Cardiff, which were predicted to be higher than EU permitted levels by 2021. In a nutshell, the Government and ClientEarth came to an agreement and Cardiff Council was instructed to begin work on finding ways to begin reducing emissions levels immediately.

Finding a way…

Accordingly, Cardiff Council came up with a range of measures that they believed would tackle the issue in the fastest, most effective way. They include:

…Without a CAZ

The Council says these measures will not only rectify the problem on Castle Street, but also across the entire city – negating the need for a CAZ. They’ve called for the Welsh Government to provide funding ASAP and have rejected the proposal for a CAZ in the city.

But not everyone’s happy

Even though the Council’s decision to reject the clean air zone will come as music to the ears of many a Welsh delivery driver, not everyone is happy – to put it mildly. Chair of charity organisation Healthy Air Cymru has come out very vocally to decry the rejection of a CAZ, saying that implementing these zones is recognised as “one of the most effective means of reducing transport emissions.” He went on to say that the people of the city are being poisoned and that the zone was vital to protect them from even more dangerous levels of pollution in the future.

CAZs: yay or nay?

If you’re an independent delivery driver or fleet manager in the courier industry, the side of the fence on which you stand on the CAZ issue is probably pretty clear. But there are also quite a few people who agree with the stance taken by Healthy Air Cymru. Feel free to let us know your thoughts, because our differences are what make the industry go around…

Membership to the Courier Exchange gives you fingertip access to real-time load matching if you’re a delivery driver and an entire virtual workforce of drivers if you’re a fleet manager or freight forwarder. If you’re not already enjoying the benefits, get in touch and we’ll help you to become a part of the UK’s fastest growing and most trusted online exchange.

There are a few issues that have had more airtime recently than the impending implementation of CAZs (Clean Air Zones) as part of the strategy to reduce emissions in our UK cities. While there’s absolutely no doubt a more environmentally friendly approach to managing congested cities is urgently required, there are many who believe that charging to enter these zones will put huge pressure on the infrastructure.

If you’re a delivery driver no doubt you’ve been following the topic with interest, and you may already be aware that a growing number of local councils are rejecting the CAZ and coming up with their own alternatives to solving the problem. Following hot on the heels of Southampton, Nottingham and Derby, Cardiff Council is the latest to do so.

Back in January 2018, in a well-publicised case the organisation ClientEarth challenged the Welsh Government to reduce the levels of NO2 on Castle Street, in Cardiff, which were predicted to be higher than EU permitted levels by 2021. In a nutshell, the Government and ClientEarth came to an agreement and Cardiff Council was instructed to begin work on finding ways to begin reducing emissions levels immediately.

Finding a way…

Accordingly, Cardiff Council came up with a range of measures that they believed would tackle the issue in the fastest, most effective way. They include:

…without a CAZ

The Council says these measures will not only rectify the problem on Castle Street, but also across the entire city – negating the need for a CAZ. They’ve called for the Welsh Government to provide funding ASAP and have rejected the proposal for a CAZ in the city.

But not everyone’s happy

Even though the Council’s decision to reject the clean air zone will come as music to the ears of many a Welsh delivery driver, not everyone is happy – to put it mildly. Chair of charity organisation Healthy Air Cymru has come out very vocally to decry the rejection of a CAZ, saying that implementing these zones is recognised as “one of the most effective means of reducing transport emissions.” He went on to say that the people of the city are being poisoned and that the zone was vital to protect them from even more dangerous levels of pollution in the future.

CAZs: yay or nay?

If you’re an independent delivery driver or fleet manager in the courier industry, the side of the fence on which you stand on the CAZ issue is probably pretty clear. But there are also quite a few people who agree with the stance taken by Healthy Air Cymru. Feel free to let us know your thoughts, because our differences are what make the industry go around… Membership to the Courier Exchange gives you fingertip access to real-time load matching if you’re a delivery driver and an entire virtual workforce of drivers if you’re a fleet manager or freight forwarder. If you’re not already enjoying the benefits, get in touch and we’ll help you to become a part of the UK’s fastest growing and most trusted online exchange

Well hello there and I hope you don’t mind a little bit of bell ringing – because we’re very proud to announce the launch of our brand new Courier Exchange website. We’re confident that those who are already a part of our online platform will be excited by its evolution, and those who are new to it will be absolutely blown away by what it offers courier drivers and freight forwarders.  

Friendly, fresh and functional

So, why are we so excited by the changes to a platform that was, quite frankly, pretty outstanding anyhow? Because we’re always evolving with technology and we listen to our community of courier drivers, fleet managers and freight forwarders. We want to make sure we offer not only the best possible user experience, but also the most innovative and relevant functionality.

What’s new

The most important thing about the site is its improved functionality and just how that’s going to benefit our members. The main difference you’ll notice is the division of the user experience into three separate groups:

What it means is that when you come to the site you can immediately see where you need to click in order to get the services that are relevant to you. Once you’ve clicked on the tab, you’ll be guided through the information tailored specifically to your group, and see exactly how you can utilise the platform in an optimal way.

You can access live demos, read testimonials and case studies, explore advanced administrational and operational features, and buy or sell capacity using real time updates.

Good looks don’t go unnoticed 

Looks aren’t everything, we know that, but there’s no doubt the new site’s use of fresh, dynamic graphics and an easy-to-navigate interface count for something. We’ve taken our own advice and made sure every mile matters – or in this case, every last bit of pixel space. Don’t worry, though, the site will still look and feel familiar to you if you’re a regular user, but it’s just a little bit more edgy and contemporary. Yes, we have been working out, thanks for asking!

We invite you to come on over and take a tour of the Courier Exchange website. Whether you’re a courier driver, freight forwarder or company, we know you’ll find the changes just as exciting as we do. The UK’s fastest growing and most trusted online exchange just got better…

We’re delighted to announce to that Apple have finally approved the changes and fixes to the iPhone version of the Courier Exchange Mobile App. They have a very rigorous approval process, so this is no mean task! This means that our members can now use the very latest version of the app on Android smartphones and the iphone.

Fixes

Now works on iOS7 – this fixes the freezing bug and ability to add journeys

Renders correctly for Retina displays

New Features

My Booking – this feature displays your most recent booking and allows you to update this booking with the following statuses:

On Site (Pickup)

Loaded – you can enter number of items, weight, reference, ETA and notes (all optional)

On Site (Delivery)

Delivered / POD

Stop ‘Tracked Notifications’ if you change your availability status to ‘UNAVAILABLE’