The French Presidential elections – two distinct approaches to transport
The candidates, who have both made it through to the second round of the presidential elections, have differing views on business and transport. As we did for all of the candidates, we have summarised their positions below.
The largest region in mainland France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, is considering a tax on foreign trucks. Wouldn’t this measure, which has already been implemented in certain European countries, represent a step towards the breakup of a common space…?
To produce clean, renewable energy, the teams at Colas came up with the idea of covering the road with solar panels. The Wattway solar road project is currently being tested in France before it goes on the market two years from now.
Alternative fuels have their pros and cons. Fleet operators across Europe who just aren’t interested might soon change their tune if we had another oil crisis. So, maybe worth a look then? Ian Norwell drives Iveco’s new Stralis tractor, and there’s a natural gas-powered version too, straight from the factory.
Electric commercial vehicles have a place in the industry, but not at heavier weights. At least, that was the popular view, until Daimler unveiled their full-electric 26 tonne rigid chassis. Ian Norwell reports from the company’s Stuttgart headquarters and test track.
The truck industry likes nothing more than a new buzzword or phrase, and we’re now being bombarded from all directions with “sustainable transport.” Ian Norwell reports from Sweden on Scania’s view of what is sustainable.
The prospect of automated driving, and the so-called platooning of heavy trucks, has taken another step towards reality with a live on-highway demonstration from Daimler in March. But they see it as just one part of a much bigger picture.
Actuellement, les constructeurs de poids lourds innovent en matière de carburant propre. En 2015, Scania a ainsi livré 180 camions roulant au gaz GNC (Gaz naturel comprimé). En 2016, la version GNL est disponible. Le constructeur suédois a réalisé un test en présence d’huissiers en mars 2016 afin de contrôler les performances du Scania GNL (Gaz naturel liquéfié).