May 17, 2020

Volkswagen Transporter voted the best by business van fleet experts

Dale Benton
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Volkswagen Transporter voted the best by business van fleet experts
The Volkswagen Transporter T6 T28 Highline SWB MR BMT 102ps is the Business Van of the Year 2017, according to an independent judging panel from the tra...

The Volkswagen Transporter T6 T28 Highline SWB MR BMT 102ps is the Business Van of the Year 2017, according to an independent judging panel from the trade and small van fleet sector. The new VW Transporter beat the Vauxhall Movano and Renault Kangoo ZE for scoop the award.

Business Van of the Year Awards is run by Business Vans, a van user news and information website, and is supported by Vanarama, a leading supplier of lease vans to the small business and SME sector.

Editorial director of Business Vans, Ralph Morton, commented: “The Volkswagen Transporter won our first Business Van of the Year Award in 2014, and this new sixth-generation version continues that tradition. For those in the trades and small businesses, the Transporter really is an iconic van. Smart, dependable, and good to drive, the Transporter does it all for this important sector of the market.”

The Volkswagen Transporter also won the Best Large Trades Van category while the Transporter Kombi won the Best Crew Van award.

The full winners’ list of the Business Van of the Year Awards is as follows:

·         Best Small Delivery Van: Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3CDTi 16v 95PS ecoFLEX Start/Stop

·         Best Small Trades Van: Vauxhall Combo 1.3CDTi 2300L1H1 95ps Eu6 ecoFlex S/Stop

·         Best Large Trades Van: Volkswagen Transporter T6 T28 Highline SWB MR BMT 102ps

·         Best Heavy Van: Vauxhall Movano 3500 L2H2 FWD Eu6 BiTurbo 145ps Eu6

·         Best Green Van: Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi LL21 44kW

·         Best Crew Van: Volkswagen Transporter Kombi T6 T30 Highline SWB BMT 102ps

·         Best Finance & Service Package: Free2Move Lease (formerly Citroen Contract Motoring)

This was the second successive year that Vauxhall has won the Heavy Van category with the Movano, while Volkswagen has made it an amazing three years of success with Transporter in the Crew Van category.

The awards are judged independently by specialists in the SME business van sector. The chair of the judging panel is Paul Hollick, managing director of mileage and expenses management firm, The Miles Consultancy and chair of the Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM).

Previous Business Van of the Year winners are: Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 TDI T28 Trendline SWB BlueMotion, Citroen Berlingo 1.6HDi L1 625 Enterprise 75bhp and Vauxhall Vivaro 2700 Panel Van.

Full details of the Business Van of the Year Awards 2017 can be found at: http://www.businessvans.co.uk/van-news/business-van-of-the-year-2017/

 

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 

 

Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

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Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely
 

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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