TfL LoCITY – clean air masterclass Feb 9th 2021

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Rich in operators to talk ULEZ expansion and infrastructure.

Great breadth of London vehicles and history of freight to clean air.

Horse and cart to cargo bike, electric Rolls-Royce and Euro6 D.



TfL LoCITY chair, Carl Lomas opened a busy, virtual round table with introductions online from a rich attendance of operators, Addison Lee to Hermes, DPD to Tarmac.

A real breadth of vehicle platforms on the clean air for London LoCITY group, history of horse and cart freight to very latest Euro6 D trucks.

It was National Apprentice week, so what a treat to have City of London transport apprentice speak zero diesel, breadth of London vehicles, Nissan 200 EV to converting the Lord Mayor's Rolls Royce to electric.

TfL keynote from Dr Andy Neather on the expanding ULEZ and detail updates from TfL on Infrastructure.

Heavy vehicle chair Nick Bithell brought cleanest air trucks to the interactive session of London-focused operators who had a chat-room-full of questions with hands clapping on the screen as keynotes had transport breadth alongside tradition in a single goal for clean air.

Getting final mile interactive, Stuart Godman Absolutely and Rob Scott GLH gave brief operator updates on cargo cycle and express delivery against the weather this week.

Nigel Base from SMMT spoke about latest new vehicle registrations where vans are strong, EV vehicles still low but the graph is steep as their registration grow quickly.

A closing request came in from City of London asking about operators' need for consolidation space.


A narrative of the keynotes is below. The session was recorded, and the link is coming.


Opening with EV infrastructure

‘Pace of recent delivery has been impressive.’

Polyvios Polyviou, Strategy & Planning Manager, and Roisin Naughton, City Planner,

Polyvios Polyviou opened for TfL with London’s electric vehicle infrastructure, ‘Pace of recent delivery has been impressive, around a quarter of UK charge points are in London. With 2030 move forward from 2040 end of internal combustion engine, we have stepped forward ten years, this will accelerate shift to EVs. Looking back, it was May 2018 when Mayor established the worlds first EV infrastructure taskforce. Dec 2019 TfL published EV infrastructure delivery plan. July 2020 EV coordination body led by London councils was launched.

Roisin Naughton, City Planner, updated on London switch to EVs. 2020 was best year for electric car sales. EV infrastructure delivery in London has to date been dominated by public sector, accounting for around 48% of all 6,025 charge points in London. ‘We are keen to see why the private sector market is not delivering more infrastructure. What role can TfL take to support the infrastructure innovation and pick up the pace? We are looking at the ten points of green and the 2030 net-zero targets. We are clearly expecting the ev uptake to be strong well in advance of 2030. Looking forward, timeline and next steps, draft report for June and publish in July, Mayoral election is set for May when we may be able to share some key stats. TfL want to engage, what can we do to help, where do you need to charge?’


For National Apprenticeship week, City of London transport apprentice delivered TfL LoCITY keynote

Moving to zero diesel in the City of London

Apprentice talks breadth of clean air vehicles from Nissan 200 through waste and cleansing EVs to Lord Mayor's Rolls Royce electric conversion.

Rasin Khayaguli, City of London Corporation: Clean air vehicle strategy in the City of London.

For apprenticeship week, LoCITY had an apprentice speaker. Rasin talked about his apprenticeship journey and using Key2 fleet management to look at recognising validity of EV vehicles in London. Knowledge for compliance regulations and fleet impact he had used LoCITY events in the past to look at fuel efficient driving including construction vehicles, pedestrians and motorcycle road safety. FORS and CLOCS in the mix. ‘City involvement, we have a no-diesel strategy, even converting our Lord Mayor's Rolls Royce to electric.’ Rasin spoke with detailed EV experience in this new world of clean air, he outlined Future Fleet Forum 2020 and discussed the critical challenge for EV in the City. The breadth of the city vehicle fleet was showcased form Nissan 200 to Waste vehicles, even horsepower with the Golden Carriage of the Lord Mayor.


TfL Dr Andy Neather keynote ULEZ expansion

‘It’s about air quality and not revenue.’

Andy Neather, Strategic Communications Lead, Air Quality, TfL: ULEZ expansion and the logistics industry. ‘ULEZ, a radical approach to air quality. 12.50 a day, every day except Christmas Day, World's first low emission zone, why? Because London air is dirty. Dirty air isn’t just a central London problem. Oct 25th ULEZ expansion to and not including north and south circular. 18 times bigger than present central. 4 out of 5 cars driven in the zone today are already compliant. We are urging people to use the vehicle checker, zone will be enforced by ANPR cameras that are being installed. Mentioning van scrappage, it has closed but contributed 30 million pounds to take four thousand five hundred vans of the road. Communicating ULEZ expansion, TfL have a big campaign running, there will also be a DVLA mailing to vehicle owners effected in the Spring.’


LoCity heavy vehicles chair, Nick Bithell took charge to talk trucks introducing Paul Abbot and Euro6 type D

Paul Abbot, Group Director, Knights of Old: Euro 6 consolidation shuttle, Luton to London

‘Euro6 type D just introduced on our fleets, more developed, ten per cent ore power and even cleaner bringing excellent efficiency.’

‘A here and present on today’s combustion engines. We have been using Euro6 from 2015-16. There was a lot of discussion on cost at the time, looking at our Luton depot we operate 40 plus vehicles on a shared-user model. They are all Euro6 with some long trailers supporting the network. We have focused on training for drivers to keep idling down and even review electric fork-truck loading. Next steps of Euro6 for different levels of clean air. If we could swap Euro6 to electric, yes, we would. But present availability is 'not yet available'. Paul spoke about teaming up with MAN to look at technology of fuels including vegetable oil mix and ultra-low sulphur diesel. As this becomes available, we will be looking at more of these fuel solutions. We are field testing the MAN eTGM light trucks in London. Paul looked at 1992 reductions from Euro1 to Euro6, PM 97% NOx 95% . I would like to commend the vehicle manufacturers on the latest heavy truck engines that are cleaner than ever.’


Closing the keynotes with an ask to operators

‘Do you need consolidation space in the City of London?’


London Wall, last-mile logistics hub by Amazon - Open for business this summer

Kieran Mackay City of London Corporation: Amazon logistics consolidation at London Wall.

Kieran explained, ‘City transport strategy looks to reduce traffic, but we realise freight is a key need. We are looking to re-mode last mile to smaller electric vehicles. Today on LoCITY talking about the London Wall underground car park in City of London. 39 parking spaces taken out of parking service for consolidation space. We are re-purposing underground car parks. Logistics providers were asked to bid for the resource and Amazon won this bid. Amazon are required to enter a monitoring strategy to review climate wins, cargo bike interaction with other road users will also be monitored. There is height restriction at the London Wall car park, but large vehicles have loading space outside, parcels then moved inside via trolleys to the cargo cycles.’

Kieran asked operators to get in touch if they want similar space for consolidation. Mackay, Kieran <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;



Set your diaries - Next LoCITY TfL date is May 11th 2021