Glutton H2O Vacuum Enhances the Brilliance of Brindleyplace Estate

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Birmingham’s iconic Brindleyplace Estate has taken a giant leap towards a cleaner and more vibrant environment with the recent purchase of a state-of-the-art Glutton Street Vacuum from ePowerTrucks.

Powered by advanced electric technology, the Glutton Street Vacuum ensures efficient and quiet street cleaning, aligning perfectly with Brindleyplace’s commitment to a sustainable and eco-friendly urban space.

The investment reflects Brindleyplace Estate’s dedication to creating a clean and welcoming environment for residents, businesses, and visitors, enhancing the overall well-being of the community.

The Glutton is a simple to use, 100% electric cleaning solution for urban spaces. Equipped with an ergonomic water jet and a 60 litre water tank, in addition to a a powerful vacuum to pick up waste from the smallest of recesses, the Glutton H2O Perfect gets the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Prestigious London Film Studio Goes Electric with ePowerTrucks

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We are excited to announce that a prestigious London film studio has taken delivery of two electric vehicles from ePowerTrucks: one EP AMP 4-seater road legal vehicle and one EP Flatbed road legal vehicle.

The EP AMP 4-seater is a compact and versatile electric vehicle that is perfect for short journeys and transporting people and equipment around the film studio. With its zero emissions and low noise levels, it is also ideal for use in urban areas.

The EP Flatbed is a robust and reliable electric vehicle that is perfect for transporting heavier loads around the film studio. It has a load capacity of up to 1,000kg, making it the perfect EV for the studios needs.

We are delighted that the film studio has chosen to switch to electric vehicles and look forward to helping them to reduce their environmental impact.

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ePowerTrucks Teams Up with Partner Mitie to Deliver Glutton Street Cleaning Vacuum to Windsor Castle!

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ePowerTrucks is delighted to announce our collaboration with Mitie to provide Windsor Castle with the powerful Glutton H2O Perfect Electric Street Vacuum.

With Mitie’s expertise in facility services and our cutting-edge electric street vacuum, we’re taking Windsor Castle’s cleanliness to the next level. This iconic landmark deserves nothing less than the best, and we’re proud to deliver just that.

The Glutton H2O is a game-changer when it comes to street cleaning, offering unmatched efficiency while reducing the environmental footprint. Its electric power ensures zero emissions, making it a perfect fit for the historic Windsor Castle.

We are proud to support such a prestigious institution in their journey towards a greener future. Together with Mitie, we’re making strides in maintaining the beauty and cleanliness of this iconic landmark while protecting the environment.

Learn more about the Glutton H2O here: https://www.epowertrucks.co.uk/product/glutton-h2o-perfect-electric-street-vacuum/

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Royal Parks Go Electric with 5 New Electric Utility Vehicles

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In partnership with OCS, ePowerTrucks has supplied Royal Parks in London with 5 EP AMP XL electric utility vehicles. The new vehicles will be used for a variety of tasks, including transporting tools and equipment, moving materials, and carrying out general maintenance duties.

The EP AMP XL is a versatile and durable vehicle that is well-suited to the demands of park work. It has a payload capacity of 400kg and a range of up to 90 miles on a single charge.

The Royal Parks cover over 5,000 acres of land in London, and they are home to a variety of wildlife and historical features. The new electric utility vehicles will help the Royal Parks to reduce their environmental impact and create a more sustainable future for the parks.

The new vehicles are also a welcome addition to the Royal Parks’ fleet, as they will help to reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. This is particularly important in busy urban areas like London.

The Royal Parks are a popular tourist destination, and the new electric utility vehicles will help to create a more sustainable and enjoyable experience for visitors.

The introduction of the new electric utility vehicles is a positive development for the Royal Parks and for the environment as a whole. It is a sign that the Royal Parks are committed to sustainability and that they are leading the way in the use of electric vehicles.

 

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eRod vs. Mazda MX-5: The Roadster Showdown

by OMS Admin

Roadsters have a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts. They represent the perfect blend of open-top driving, exhilarating performance, and timeless design.

According to Autocar, the Mazda MX-5 is the world’s bestselling roadster, with this Japanese two-seater being made for the last 35 years. However, with the push for electric and ecofriendly vehicles, the eRod electric sports car is one of the possible roadsters that could rise in popularity in years to come.

Here at ePower Trucks, we wanted to compare these two roadsters, highlighting unique features and capabilities highlighting how eRod cars may overstep the Mazda MX-5 in the future as the most popular roadster worldwide.

Here is our reasoning.

Design and Style

eRod Electric Roadster

The eRod car, being a newer entrant, carries a more modern and futuristic design. Its sleek lines and aerodynamic profile make it stand out. It has a sports chassis, with the electric motor’s powerful torque and the car’s lightweight construction, to create a driving sensation. It offers a refreshing take on the classic roadster concept.

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5, also known as the Miata in some markets, has a classic roadster design. It features a long hood, short rear deck, and a low-slung profile. Its design philosophy revolves around simplicity and a focus on the driver. The MX-5 has evolved over the years, but it still retains a timeless charm.

Performance

eRod Electric Roadster

The eRod Electric Roadster relies on an electric powertrain. It offers instant torque and a smooth, silent ride. It can accelerate quickly, catapulting you from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds flat. It also handles corners with ease due to its low centre of gravity, thanks to the car’s 21.08kWh, 96V 228Ah batteries, providing ample power for a thrilling ride. This 45 kW (61 CH) electric motor has a top speed of 75 mph and an impressive autonomy of 125 miles on a single charge.

Mazda MX-5

The MX-5 is known for its engaging driving experience. It comes with a choice of engines, typically a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a smaller 1.5-liter four-cylinder, depending on the trim. The MX-5’s also has a lightweight chassis, rear-wheel drive and finely tuned suspension. However, this roadster gets you from 0 – 60 in 8 seconds, which is double the eRod car. But the top speed can range between 125-135mph, which is much quicker than the electric sports car.

Eco-Friendliness

eRod Electric Roadster

The eRod electric sports car is a green alternative. It produces zero tailpipe emissions, contributing to a cleaner environment. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, the eRod is the more responsible choice.

Mazda MX-5

The MX-5 is not known for its environmental friendliness. It’s a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle with moderate fuel efficiency. While Mazda has made efforts to improve the MX-5’s fuel economy, it’s not in the same league as electric vehicles in terms of emissions reduction.

Practicality

eRod Electric Roadster

Like the MX-5, the eRod car is also a two-seater, but it tends to have more storage space due to its electric powertrain. It’s still not designed for heavy loads, but it can be a bit more versatile in this regard and perfect for couple road trips.

Mazda MX-5

The MX-5 is a two-seater roadster with limited load space. It’s not the most practical choice if you need to carry passengers or lots of luggage. However, it’s good for a couple looking for a weekend drive.

Kyburz eRod Sports Car

The Mazda MX-5 currently is the most popular roadster in the world but with the government’s aim for everyone to have electric cars by 2035, the eRod electric sports car will grow in popularity and could be the roadster for the future with its modern design, eco-friendliness, and the instant torque of an electric powertrain.

Embark on a journey into the realm of environmentally conscious automotive advancement with the eRod, an electric sports car that stands as the pinnacle of innovation. The Kyburz eRod model represents a groundbreaking leap in reimagining the landscape of high-performance automobiles. With its seamless integration of cutting-edge technology and exhilarating aesthetics, the eRod epitomizes a harmonious blend of power and elegance within a remarkable eco-conscious offering. Step into the future of sustainable driving with ePower Trucks’ extraordinary sports car. Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more.

The Precious Seconds That Define Emergency Care: A Deep Dive Into A&E Waiting Times

by OMS Admin

During life’s unexpected emergencies, the clock takes on an entirely new dimension. Every passing second becomes crucial, and the value of time is immeasurable. Yet, for those seeking urgent medical attention at their local Accident & Emergency (A&E) departments, these precious seconds seem to stretch into seemingly endless stretches of waiting. The battle against time comes down to navigating the complexities of managing ever-increasing demand while striving to provide swift, efficient, and high-quality care.

At ePower Trucks, we recognise the immense significance of efficient healthcare services, especially in critical situations such as those encountered in A&E. Our motivation for conducting this report stemmed from the growing public concern surrounding A&E wait times and their impact on patients, medical staff, and the overall quality of emergency care. We examined which NHS trusts had the most and least people waiting over 4 hours at their A&E, based on the percentage of their attendees.

Our “A&E Waiting Time Report” presents the culmination of our research efforts. By presenting a comprehensive overview of A&E wait times across the UK, we aim to provide a clear picture of the current state of emergency care services.

Top 5 NHS Trusts With Highest Percentage Of A&E Patients Waiting Over 4 Hours

1. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 55.3% of attendees

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust witnessed a concerning trend in patient wait times, with 55.3% of attendees waiting over the 4-hour threshold last year, an increase from 47.7% in quarter 2. Despite being in the middle tier for attendees with 33,352 patients, the sheer number of individuals facing prolonged waits amounted to 18,460, averaging at 6,135 per month.

2. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – 54.3% of attendees

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust secured the second position on the list, where 54.3% of patients waiting over 4 hours in their A&Es. This is an increase from the 52.1% recorded in the second quarter of the fiscal year. This meant that a total of 29,737 individuals had to endure extended wait times, averaging at 9,912 per month.

3. The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust – 50.5% of attendees

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, hosting 31,413 patients during the third quarter, faced a challenge as 50.5% of them waited over 4 hours. These A&Es around Harlow translated to 15,879 patients waiting over this threshold, with a monthly average of 5,293.

4. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – 49.2% of attendees

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, despite having the lowest number of attendees in the top 5 with 18,645 patients, still encountered a significant issue, as 49.2% (9,179 individuals) waited over 4 hours. This reflected an average of 3,060 patients facing longer waits each month.

5. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust – 49.0% of attendees

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust saw a count of 38,215 individuals in their A&E department. Among them, 18,717 experienced wait times exceeding the 4-hour benchmark, amounting to 49.0%. This equates to an average of 6,239 individuals per month who have endured longer wait times between October and December last year.

Top 20 NHS Trusts With The Highest Percentage Of Patients Wating Over 4 Hours

Name Region A&E attendances Total Attendances waiting over 4 hours Percentage waiting over 4 hours
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust NHS England North East And Yorkshire 33,352 18,460 55.3%
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust NHS England Midlands 54,812 29,737 54.3%
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust NHS England East Of England 31,413 15,879 50.5%
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust NHS England North East And Yorkshire 18,645 9,179 49.2%
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust NHS England Midlands 38,215 18,717 49.0%
Countess Of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS England North West 20,566 10,013 48.7%
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS England Midlands 28,868 14,032 48.6%
East Cheshire NHS Trust NHS England North West 13,091 6,287 48.0%
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust NHS England South West 38,125 17,771 46.6%
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust NHS England Midlands 103,699 47,519 45.8%
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust NHS England Midlands 69,611 31,535 45.3%
Ashford And St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS England South East 29,620 13,315 45.0%
Wye Valley NHS Trust NHS England Midlands 17,731 7,934 44.7%
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust NHS England South East 20,837 9,099 43.7%
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust NHS England Midlands 56,075 24,243 43.2%
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS England North West 28,295 12,042 42.6%
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust NHS England North West 33,908 14,389 42.4%
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust NHS England South East 66,788 28,172 42.2%
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust NHS England South West 37,673 15,804 42%
Whittington Health NHS Trust NHS England London 26,275 10,826 41.2%

NHS Trusts that had no patients waiting over 4 hours at A&E

NHS Trust Region Total A&E attendances
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust NHS England Midlands 23,373
South Birmingham GP Walk In Centre NHS England Midlands 20,098
Whitstable Medical Practice NHS England South East 13,795
Assura Vertis Urgent Care Centres (Birmingham) NHS England Midlands 12,942
Summerfield Urgent Care Centre NHS England Midlands 9,978
The Wilberforce Health Centre NHS England North East And Yorkshire 9,198
Putnoe Walk In Centre NHS England East Of England 8,307
Local Care Direct NHS England North East And Yorkshire 7,742
Oadby NHS England Midlands 7,584
Erdington GP Health & Wellbeing Wic NHS England Midlands 6,565
Badger Ltd NHS England Midlands 6,517
First Community Health And Care Cic NHS England South East 6,417
Llr Ea – The Merlyn Vaz Health & Social Care Centre NHS England Midlands 6,336
Dhu Health Care C.I.C NHS England Midlands 6,170
Brighton Station Health Centre NHS England South East 5,950
Station Plaza Health Centre NHS England South East 4,732
Haslemere Minor Injuries Unit NHS England South East 3,820
Rossendale Miu & Ooh NHS England North West 2,659
Exmouth Minor Injury Unit NHS England South West 2,502
The Pinn Unregistered Wic NHS England London 2,287
Sleaford Medical Group NHS England Midlands 1,647
Workington Health Limited NHS England North East And Yorkshire 1,364
Market Harborough NHS England Midlands 1,305
Melton Mowbray NHS England Midlands 1,205
Market Harborough Med.Ctr NHS England Midlands 809
Latham House Medical Practice NHS England Midlands 761
Okehampton Medical Centre NHS England South West 264

The article on A&E waiting times sheds light on the challenges faced by hospitals, prompting a need for innovative solutions. In this context, the introduction of electric hospital equipment has emerged as a game-changer in waste management within healthcare facilities, particularly concerning the transportation of hospital beds. With a focus on optimising efficiency and ensuring patient safety, hospitals are now embracing inventive technologies to streamline their operations and enhance the quality of care. Electric devices such as the hospital bed mover, hospital bed transporter, bin tug, Glutton electric vacuum, electric tug, and tow tractor have revolutionised the way hospitals handle waste transportation, including the movement of hospital beds. By adopting these electric solutions, hospitals not only address the pressing issue of A&E waiting times but also contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for healthcare.

Innovative Electric Hospital Equipment

This report sheds light on the challenges faced by hospitals, prompting a need for innovative solutions. In this context, the introduction of electric hospital equipment has emerged as a game-changer in waste management within healthcare facilities, particularly concerning the transportation of hospital beds. With a focus on optimising efficiency and ensuring patient safety, hospitals are now embracing inventive technologies to streamline their operations and enhance the quality of care.

Electric vehicles such as electric hospital bed movers, hospital bed transporters, electric hospital tugs, Glutton electric vacuum, and tow tractor have revolutionised the way hospitals operate. By adopting these hospital electric solutions, hospitals can not only address the pressing issue of A&E waiting times but also contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for healthcare.

Methodology

  • Our SEO company found data from the NHS website about A&E attendance and waiting times for the third quarter of the 2023-2024 fiscal year (October 2023 – December 2023).
  • From this data, we worked out the percentage of attendees at each NHS Trust that waited over the 4-hour target time. To work this out, I subtracted the percentage that waited 4 hours or less by 100%. I have done this for all my figures. The NHS trusts that had no data for waiting times were cut out.
  • We also found out the average of patients waiting over 4 hours per month. To do this, we took the total attendance that waited over 4 hours and divided it by 3, due to the recorded month period.

A Comprehensive Report On The Busiest Airports In 2023: A Detailed Analysis Of Traveller Traffic

by OMS Admin

According to data from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, air travel in the UK experienced a notable surge in 2022. The number of passengers traveling to and from UK airports exceeded 224 million, reaching an impressive 75 percent of the levels recorded in 2019. This high volume of travellers often results in queues and extended waiting times. Irrespective of whether individuals are filled with excitement at the beginning of their holiday or experiencing the post-holiday blues upon their return. Airports and airlines nationwide are always preparing themselves for a bustling summer season.

Here at ePower Trucks we wanted to find out the most popular airports based on the number of passengers, the number of airlines and total destinations, revealing the best airport for holidays to different countries. Additionally, we analysed the airports that demonstrated relative quietness in proportion to their respective populations. Furthermore, we assessed the top 10 airlines based on favourable customer opinions. Based on several key findings we have created a comprehensive report on airports in 2023.

Here’s what we found.

Which Airports In The UK Experience The Highest Number Of Passengers?

London Heathrow terminal

1.      Heathrow – 61,599,196

Given the size of London’s population, it is unsurprising that Heathrow Airport stands out as the most widely chosen airports. Heathrow has been a witness to numerous significant events taking place within its terminals, ranging from Queen Elizabeth II inaugurating the central terminal room in 1955 to its notable appearances in popular films like Love Actually. Boasting an impressive number of 86 airlines and offering access to a remarkable total of 171 destinations. Heathrow Airport provides connections to an extensive global network, ensuring travellers can reach destinations across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and beyond. Solidifying its position as the primary choice for international travel.

2.      London Gatwick – 32,839,000

Another prominent airport in the London area is London Gatwick, serving as the secondary airport in the region compared to Heathrow. Located in West Sussex, Gatwick Airport handles a diverse range of flights, including both long-haul and short-haul journeys. With an impressive lineup of 47 airlines and access to 165 destinations, Gatwick offers travellers a variety of options. Including destinations such as Reykjavik, Iceland, Sofia, Bulgaria, Tirana, Albania and Tivat, Montenegro. However, it is important to note that Gatwick receives significantly fewer passengers per year compared to Heathrow, with a difference of 28,760,196 passengers.

3.      Manchester – 23,369,770

Manchester Airport stands as the sole non-London airport to secure a spot in the top 5 busiest airports. Renowned for its expansive infrastructure and outstanding facilities. Manchester Airport has the capacity to accommodate a significant number of long-haul flights. With a substantial roster of 50 airlines and access to 146 potential destinations. Manchester Airport serves as a vital international hub, catering to the travel needs of individuals residing in the northern regions of England. Offering glamorous destinations such as Malaga, Spain, New York, United States and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

4.      London Stansted – 23,319,523

Stansted Airport, positioned as London’s third major airport, consistently achieves passenger volumes on par with Manchester Airport. Despite its operational limitations of a single runway and terminal configuration. This airport remains a preferred option for travellers, particularly those residing in the northern parts of London or the less densely populated areas of East England. Despite having a relatively modest number of 10 airlines. Stansted Airport impressively offers flights to 153 countries, which attests to its popularity and wide-ranging connectivity. Historic destinations including Timisoara, Romania, Bydgoszcz, Poland, and Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

5.      London Luton – 13,322,000

Claiming the fifth spot is another notable airport in the London area. Positioned roughly 35 miles north of Central London and renowned for its status as a significant town. Over the years, this airport has experienced a noteworthy increase in passenger traffic. Like Stansted airport, it operates with a relatively small number of 8 airlines. However, it manages to offer flights to an impressive range of 88 potential destinations. Including, Athens, Greece, Marrakech, Morocco, Prague, Czech Republic and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The Tranquil 5 UK’s Quietest Airports Ranked By Population

Control Tower at Kirkwall Airport taken by Adrian Beney

1.      Kirkwall – 177,248

Kirkwall Airport, situated amidst the picturesque Orkney Islands in Scotland, distinguishes itself as one of the most tranquil airports in the United Kingdom. Surrounded by a serene and secluded environment, this region boasts a relatively small population of 7,450 and receives a limited number of tourists compared to bustling urban hubs. With just two airlines and eleven destinations, all within the UK, Kirkwall Airport caters primarily to domestic travel within the country.

2.      Humberside – 261,132

Humberside Airport, located in North Lincolnshire, enjoys a relatively tranquil setting away from major metropolitan areas. This characteristic contributes to lower air traffic and a smaller number of flights compared to busier airports. With only four airlines serving the airport, Humberside offers a modest selection of destinations. Providing travellers with access to four distinct places to visit, Aberdeen, Scotland, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Jersey, Channel Islands and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

3.      Newquay/Cornwall – 461,148

Situated on the coastal region of Cornwall in the southwestern part of England, this airport resides in a rural area with a relatively lower population density compared to urban centres. Due to its location, the airport has fewer international and long-haul flight options available. With just four airlines operating at the airport, travellers have access to a modest selection of five possible destinations to choose from. The five being London, Dublin, Isles of Scilly, Newcastle, and Manchester.

4.      Norwich – 528,153

Norwich Airport offers international flights, albeit with a relatively limited number of destinations available, totalling six. The airport primarily focuses on domestic flights, which explains its comparatively lower level of busyness. With a total of six airlines, Norwich Airport caters to a range of travel needs, providing both domestic and limited international connectivity.

5.      Bournemouth – 693,798

Situated on the picturesque south coast of England, Bournemouth Airport enjoys a relatively secluded location. As a result, the airport experiences lower levels of air traffic. Despite this, Bournemouth Airport provides access to a respectable selection of destinations, with a choice of 17 possible locations to explore. Operating with three airlines, the airport caters to both domestic and international travel, offering travellers a range of options to suit their needs and preferences.

Top 20 Populated Areas in the UK

Rank

Region

Population

1 East London 2,826,900
2 West London 1,937,200
3 South London 1,641,300
4 Central London 1,408,700
5 Birmingham 984,333
6 North London 982,300
7 Liverpool 864,122
8 Sheffield 685,368
9 Bristol 617,280
10 Glasgow 591,620
11 Leicester 508,916
12 Edinburgh 464,990
13 Leeds 455,123
14 Cardiff 447,287
15 Manchester 395,515
16 Stoke-on-Trent 372,775
17 Coventry 359,262
18 Sunderland 335,415
19 Brent 329,100
20 Birkenhead 325,264

 

Top 10 Popular Airlines in the UK (by positive opinion)

Rank

Airlines

1 British Airways
2 Virgin Atlantic
3 Emirates
4 easyJet
5 TUI
6 Qantas
7 Jet2
8 Lufthansa
9 Ryanair
10 Qatar Airways

 

PRM Assistance Vehicles ePower Trucks

Given the substantial volume of passengers and personnel at airports, individuals requiring special assistance can encounter challenges in these bustling environments. Passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) may find it difficult to navigate the expansive terminals, making it crucial to address their unique needs. The demands of busy airport settings, characterised by the constant flow of thousands of workers, passengers, and luggage, can be overwhelming. Consequently, the provision of specialised assistance, such as PRM transport, airport wheelchairs or passenger airport transport, becomes vital to ensure a smooth and accessible travel experience for individuals requiring additional support. ePower Trucks offer a range of PRM transport vehicles available including an aisle Mobby transport chair, an e-Mobby electric transport chair, and a multi-Mobby.

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ePowerTrucks Partners with CityQ to Bring Innovative Cargo Bike to the UK

by admin

ePower Trucks, a leading supplier of electric powered vehicles, is thrilled to announce that they have added the CityQ Pedal Assist Electric Cargo Bike to their range of products. The CityQ bike is a state-ofthe-art electric bike that offers an efficient and eco-friendly way to transport goods in urban areas.

CityQ is a Norwegian company that is revolutionising urban transportation by developing innovative and sustainable mobility solutions. The CityQ bike is a hybrid electric vehicle that combines the best features of a cargo bike and a car. It features a spacious cargo box that can carry up to 170 kg of goods, making it ideal for businesses who want to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on transportation.

According to ePower Trucks CEO, Jerry Hanss, “We are delighted to add the CityQ Electric Cargo Bike to our product range. We believe that the CityQ bike is the future of urban transportation, and we are excited to be part of this sustainable revolution. The CityQ bike is an excellent addition to our existing range of electric vehicles, and we look forward to helping our customers adopt this innovative and eco-friendly last mile delivery solution.”

CityQ CEO, Morten Rynning, also commented, “We are thrilled to partner with ePower Trucks to bring our innovative Electric Cargo Bike to the UK market. ePower Trucks expertise and experience in the electric vehicle sector make them the perfect partner for CityQ. We believe that the CityQ bike has the potential to transform the way people transport goods in urban areas, and we are excited to see it in action in the UK.”

The CityQ bike is available for purchase now from ePower Trucks. With its innovative features and eco-friendly design, the CityQ bike is set to become the go-to transportation solution for businesses and individuals who want to make a positive impact on the environment.

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The Business Owner’s Guide to Choosing an Electric Cargo Bike

by OMS Admin

Electric cargo bikes are becoming increasingly popular among both businesses and families, and for good reason. These bikes are widely regarded as the future of city mobility due to their eco-friendliness, ability to reduce traffic congestion, space-saving properties, and overall enjoyable user experience.

Electric cargo bikes offer an impressive amount of storage capacity, making them a versatile option for transporting a wide range of items such as groceries, parcels, children, and pets in a city for short or medium distances. Essentially, e-cargo bikes combine the joy and flexibility of riding a bicycle with the capacity and comfort similar to that of a car.

Given the variety of shapes, forms, and sizes available, it can be overwhelming to navigate the details and intricacies of these vehicles. That’s why we’ve created this guide to provide you with everything you need to know to select the right electric cargo bike for your business.

What Is An Electric Cargo Bike?

An electric cargo bike is essentially an electric bicycle that comes equipped with a built-in cargo area at the front or back of the bike. These bikes are specifically designed with a frame and drivetrain that can handle heavier loads than an ordinary bicycle. The cargo area can come in the form of an open or enclosed box, a flat platform, or a basket, offering versatile options for transporting everything from children, pets, and groceries to business deliveries or even serving as a food cart.

Cargo bikes have been in use for centuries, with their origins traced back to Holland where local tradesmen utilised them for transporting their goods. While Holland is often credited with the invention of cargo bikes, there are various forms of these bikes that have been used throughout the world for many years. One of the most famous examples is the Indian rickshaw.

E-cargo bikes are a modernised version of the traditional cargo bike, providing an electric boost to make it easier to transport heavy loads, navigate hilly landscapes, and travel longer distances at faster speeds. These bikes have the capacity to carry loads comparable to a small car while maintaining the compact and eco-friendly properties of a standard bicycle.

While cargo bikes have been particularly popular in Western Europe, specifically in the Netherlands and Denmark, they are now gaining worldwide recognition. In the wake of the pandemic biking surge, numerous cities, including Paris, Budapest, and Vilnius, took the opportunity to revamp their urban environments by creating designated biking lanes and enhancing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

This provided an opportunity to switch from family cars and delivery vans to the greener, and let’s face it, more enjoyable, alternative of the electric cargo bike. These bikes are increasingly common sights throughout Europe, and many countries offer cargo bike subsidies to promote clean mobility.

What Are The Benefits Of Using An Electric Cargo Bike?

Using an e-cargo bike offers numerous advantages, ranging from personal benefits such as cost savings and comfort to societal benefits like reduced pollution and smoother traffic.

Faster Commuting

Compared to cars, e-cargo bikes offer a significantly faster option for short to middle-distance trips, particularly in congested cities where car traffic moves notoriously slow. For example, in 2018, central London’s average traffic speed on weekdays was 11.4 km/h, while bikes moved at 15 km/h. Studies comparing delivery vans to electric cargo bikes also show that e-cargo bikes can deliver up to 60% faster. Cargo bikes are more agile in traffic than cars and the development of biking infrastructure can further increase this advantage.

Cutting Costs

Using an e-cargo bike is more cost-effective than a regular van in all aspects. One of the main reasons for this is that e-cargo bikes are much cheaper to purchase or rent than cars. Additionally, the cost per km is significantly lower, being 10 times less than a petrol-powered car. Moreover, bikes are not subject to emissions tax or parking fees in congested city centres, making them a more economical option. Riders can also save time as they can find parking spaces more easily and navigate through traffic more quickly than cars. Combining all these factors with lower monthly upkeep expenses, it’s hard to overlook the financial benefits of using an e-cargo bike.

Less Congestion & Pollution

Electric cargo bikes contribute to reducing traffic congestion and air pollution. They take up less space on the road and can use bike lanes, allowing them to bypass traffic congestion. Additionally, they have a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to cars, emitting 95% less CO2 over a 200,000 km lifetime. This makes them a greener and more sustainable transportation option for people and businesses alike.

For the reasons mentioned above, cargo bikes can contribute to creating more liveable cities for all. By reducing traffic congestion and emissions, they help improve air quality and reduce noise pollution. Additionally, they take up less space on the road and can reduce the need for parking spots and extra car lanes, making streets more accessible and enjoyable for pedestrians and cyclists.

What Types Of Businesses Can Use Electric Cargo Bikes?

Electric cargo bikes can be used by a variety of businesses that require transportation of goods or materials within dense urban areas. Some examples include:

  • Delivery services for groceries, restaurants, and other goods.
  • Postal services.
  • Food carts for ice cream, coffee, sandwiches, and other treats.
  • Street cleaners or recycling collectors.
  • Any businesses that need to transport inventory, cargo, tools, or other materials.

Using electric cargo bikes for these purposes can help businesses cut costs, reduce emissions, and improve their overall efficiency.

CityQ Cargo Bikes

The CityQ concept aims to enhance urban mobility by providing an eco-friendly and efficient mode of transportation. The idea involves using compact electric vehicles specifically designed to navigate through dense urban areas with ease. CityQ provides a convenient and sustainable alternative to traditional transportation methods.

CityQ’s range of four-wheeled electric bicycles is designed to offer a more attractive option for urban transportation, enabling year-round cycling. It aims to replace cars and vans with an optimal electric bike that provides car-like capacity, comfort, efficiency, and safety. The CityQ ebikes are a more environmentally friendly option for city dwellers, with a sustainability level that is 90% higher than traditional transportation methods. Contact us to find out more.

The Environmental Impact Of Last Mile Delivery And Strategies For Sustainable Solutions

by OMS Admin

The transportation of goods from a local distribution centre to the final destination, usually the customer’s doorstep, is known as last mile delivery. This process has a considerable environmental impact due to the large number of vehicles involved and the long distances travelled. The challenges are even more significant in urban areas, where population density, congested roads, limited parking space, and multi-story buildings make delivery more difficult. These difficulties can result in delayed deliveries, higher costs, and lower customer satisfaction. This article will examine the challenges and potential solutions for last mile delivery in urban areas.

Key Facts

  • Last-mile delivery accounts for 53% of the total shipping costs.
  • After a negative delivery experience, 84% of customers would not shop again with a retailer.
  • For 70% of consumers, fast and convenient delivery service with friendly customer service is crucial.
  • 90% of customers consider two- to three-day delivery as the standard, while 30% expect same-day delivery.
  • Amazon ships over 6 million packages every day, equivalent to 66,000 orders per hour or 18.5 orders per second.
  • Local fulfilment centres could reduce last-mile emissions by 17% to 26% by 2025.
  • By 2030, there could be a 32% increase in carbon emissions due to urban delivery traffic.
  • The top 100 cities globally could see a 36% increase in delivery vehicle numbers by 2030, leading to congestion rising by over 21%, resulting in an additional 11 minutes of commute time for each passenger every day.

Challenges of Last Mile Delivery in Urban Areas

In urban areas, it becomes even more challenging due to the high density of population, congested roads, limited parking space, and delivery to multi-story buildings. The following are some of the significant challenges associated with last mile delivery in urban areas:

Congestion

Urban areas are known for their high population density and heavy traffic. The roads are often clogged with cars, buses, and other vehicles, making it difficult for delivery drivers to navigate through traffic and reach their destination on time. This can lead to significant delays in delivering goods to customers, resulting in reduced customer satisfaction and increased delivery costs.

The congested traffic in urban areas can cause delivery vehicles to move slowly or come to a complete standstill, especially during peak traffic hours. The delays can add up quickly, making it challenging for delivery companies to meet the delivery deadlines they have promised their customers. The longer it takes for goods to be delivered, the more frustrated customers become, leading to increased customer complaints and negative feedback.

Limited Parking

Parking is a major issue in urban areas, and delivery trucks often face difficulties finding a parking spot close to the delivery location. The limited parking spaces available in busy urban areas often force delivery trucks to park far away from the delivery location. This can create a number of issues for delivery personnel who have to transport packages from the truck to the customer’s doorstep.

The longer walking distances created by the lack of available parking spots can lead to increased delivery times and can even result in additional delivery costs due to the need for more personnel to transport packages. Furthermore, delivery trucks parked illegally or in restricted areas can be subject to fines and penalties, adding to the cost of delivery operations.

Multi-story Buildings

In urban areas, multi-story buildings are a common feature of the landscape, and many customers live on higher floors. This presents a unique challenge for delivery personnel who have to navigate through these buildings to deliver packages to customers. Carrying heavy packages up several flights of stairs can be physically demanding and can cause delays in the delivery process.

In some cases, delivery personnel may have to spend additional time waiting for elevators or finding the correct apartment, which can further add to delivery times. The physical strain of carrying heavy packages up several flights of stairs can also lead to injuries and fatigue for delivery personnel, which can have a negative impact on their productivity and job satisfaction.

Security Concerns

Urban areas are often associated with higher crime rates compared to suburban or rural areas. This can create a significant risk for delivery personnel who are responsible for transporting valuable packages to customers. In urban areas, theft and vandalism of packages are common occurrences, and delivery personnel need to take extra precautions to ensure the safety and security of the packages they carry.

To address this challenge, delivery companies are implementing various security measures such as GPS tracking, tamper-evident packaging, and real-time surveillance. GPS tracking allows companies to monitor the location of packages in real-time, which can help them identify potential theft or diversion of packages. Tamper-evident packaging is designed to reveal any attempt to open or tamper with the package, which can alert the delivery personnel to potential theft. Real-time surveillance systems can help detect any suspicious activity around delivery trucks or delivery locations and can notify the authorities in case of an incident.

In addition to technological solutions, delivery companies are also working with law enforcement agencies to prevent theft and vandalism of packages in urban areas. By building strong relationships with local police departments, delivery companies can share information about potential security threats and develop proactive strategies to prevent theft and vandalism.

Environmental Impact of Last Mile Delivery

Last mile delivery is often associated with high emissions and environmental damage due to several factors. First, the use of fossil fuel-powered vehicles such as trucks, vans, and cars emit carbon dioxide and other harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. These emissions contribute to climate change and air pollution, which can harm human health and ecosystems.

In addition to emissions, last mile delivery can also lead to traffic congestion, particularly in urban areas where there are more delivery destinations and less space for vehicles. Traffic congestion can cause delays and increase the time it takes for delivery vehicles to complete their routes. This results in more fuel consumption and emissions, as well as increased wear and tear on vehicles, which can lead to higher maintenance costs and lower fuel efficiency.

Furthermore, last mile delivery can also lead to noise pollution, particularly in residential areas where deliveries are made early in the morning or late at night. The use of large, noisy vehicles and equipment can disrupt the sleep and quality of life of nearby residents, leading to negative health impacts and reduced quality of life.

To mitigate these environmental impacts, companies and policymakers are exploring alternative delivery methods, such as electric and hybrid vehicles, bike and foot couriers, and drone deliveries. These alternatives can reduce emissions and traffic congestion, as well as improve delivery efficiency and customer satisfaction. Additionally, there are efforts to encourage the consolidation of deliveries, which involves grouping multiple deliveries to a single location, reducing the number of trips and vehicles required for delivery. Overall, reducing the environmental impact of last mile delivery is an important issue that requires collaboration between businesses, policymakers, and consumers to achieve a sustainable and efficient supply chain.

Strategies for Sustainable Solutions

Electric Vehicles

One of the most promising solutions to reduce the environmental impact of last mile delivery is the use of electric vehicles (EVs). EVs have lower emissions and are more energy-efficient than traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles, making them an environmentally friendly alternative for transportation. They can also reduce noise pollution and improve air quality. Unlike traditional vehicles, electric motors are much quieter and produce fewer emissions, which can lead to a healthier and more pleasant urban environment.

Cargo Bikes

Another sustainable solution for last mile delivery is the use of cargo bikes such as CityQ. Cargo bikes are an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional delivery vehicles. They have a smaller carbon footprint and can navigate through congested urban areas more easily, making them an ideal option for last mile delivery in cities.

Cargo bikes are designed to carry heavy loads and can accommodate various types of cargo, including packages, groceries, and even furniture. Some cargo bikes have a cargo box, or a trailer attached to the bike frame, which allows for larger and heavier loads to be transported. The CityQ electric cargo bike aims to replace cars and vans with a more efficient and sustainable electric bike that offers similar capacity, comfort, efficiency, and safety. With its innovative design, the CityQ electric cargo bike is a promising solution for last mile delivery and transportation in urban areas. Compared to traditional modes of transportation, the CityQ range of ebikes is 90% more sustainable, making it a more environmentally friendly option for city dwellers.

Consolidation

Consolidation of deliveries is another sustainable solution for last mile delivery that has gained attention in recent years. This approach involves combining multiple deliveries to a single location, reducing the number of vehicles and emissions needed for each delivery. There are various ways to consolidate deliveries, including hub-and-spoke models, where goods are transported to a central hub and then distributed to local areas, and peer-to-peer models, where individuals or businesses serve as delivery points for other local recipients.

By consolidating deliveries, companies can optimise their routes and minimise the number of vehicles needed to deliver packages. This approach can also reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, as fewer delivery vehicles are on the road. By reducing the number of delivery vehicles, consolidation of deliveries can also lead to cost savings for companies, as they can lower fuel and maintenance costs and optimise their operations.

Route Optimisation

Route optimisation is a strategy for sustainable last mile delivery that involves optimising delivery routes to minimise distances travelled and reduce emissions. This approach can be achieved through the use of advanced technology such as GPS and mapping software that allows delivery personnel to identify the shortest and most efficient routes for package delivery. This approach can also improve delivery times and customer satisfaction as packages can be delivered more efficiently and on time.

The use of advanced technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence can further enhance route optimisation. These technologies can analyse data on traffic, weather, and other factors to provide real-time route optimisation suggestions, enabling delivery personnel to quickly adjust their routes and avoid delays.

Packaging

Packaging is an essential aspect of last mile delivery, and it also plays a significant role in sustainable delivery practices. Companies can use eco-friendly packaging materials, such as biodegradable plastics, to reduce the environmental impact of their deliveries. Biodegradable plastics are made from plant-based materials and are designed to break down naturally over time, making them a more sustainable alternative to traditional plastics. These materials can be used to create packaging that is both durable and eco-friendly, helping to reduce the amount of waste generated by the delivery process. Another sustainable packaging option is reusable packaging, which involves using containers that can be returned and reused for future deliveries. This approach reduces the need for single-use packaging and can help to reduce waste and the environmental impact of last mile delivery.

Collaboration

Collaboration between companies can play a vital role in promoting sustainable last mile delivery. By sharing resources and coordinating their delivery operations, companies can reduce the number of vehicles on the road, minimize emissions, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

One way that companies can collaborate on last mile delivery is by sharing delivery vehicles. This approach can help to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, minimize emissions, and lower the overall costs of delivery operations. For example, two or more companies can share a single delivery truck, each paying a portion of the costs and using the vehicle to transport their products to customers. Another approach is to share delivery routes. By coordinating their delivery schedules and routes, companies can optimize their operations and reduce the distance and time needed for each delivery. This approach not only reduces emissions but also saves time and money for companies and can improve delivery times and customer satisfaction.

Collaboration between companies can also lead to the development of new delivery models that are more sustainable and efficient. For example, companies can partner with local retailers or delivery networks to create shared delivery hubs, where packages can be consolidated and delivered more efficiently to customers in a specific area.

CityQ For Last Mile Delivery

The environmental impact of last mile delivery is significant and requires sustainable solutions to reduce emissions and improve air quality. Strategies such as the use of electric vehicles, cargo bikes, consolidation, route optimisation, eco-friendly packaging, and collaboration can all contribute to sustainable last mile delivery. By adopting these strategies, companies can reduce their carbon footprint, improve air quality, and promote sustainable delivery practices.

CityQ is a line of four-wheeled electric bicycles that are designed to provide a more appealing and sustainable option for urban transportation. With a cargo area that can be used to transport groceries, packages, or other items. Find out more today.

Vacuum Road Sweeper Technology Offers Cleaner, Greener Streets Than Ever Before

by OMS Admin

To maintain clean streets in the UK, local authorities spent £699 million or £30 per household from 2018 to 2019. The UK’s street cleansing service is made up of appointed contractors and employed local council staff. According to research, the UK’s street sweeping services are estimated to employ over 20,000 people.

According to the independent charity, Keep Britain Tidy, there are more than 30 million tonnes of litter dropped every year across the UK. Costing taxpayers over £1 billion a year on picking up litter. In January 2023, 1108, volunteers collected 4046 bags of litter which equates to 2,228 hours. Lastly, the RSPCA has reported that 1.3 million disposable vapes are thrown away weekly in the UK, which equates to 2 every second.

In 2019/20, the UK Government announced that councils across England will receive an immediate cash boost from £9.75 million. In order to support local authorities to keep streets clean as part of the ‘Cleaner Streets’ initiative. Furthermore, in August 2022, the UK Government have taken another step towards cleaning our streets. Offering 40 councils across the UK grants of up to £70,000 to remove chewing gum stains. Estimating that the clean-up of chewing gum for councils is around £7 million.

A way in which many UK cities have improved their street cleaning services is by introducing modern technologies like GPS rubbishing and vacuum street sweepers.

Street Cleaning Vacuum Machines

Waste vacuum cleaners are based on a similar principle as vacuum cleaners for homes. Glutton street vacuum cleaners collect and remove everything in their path. By sucking up dirt, dust, and debris from the street, and then depositing the material into a storage tank. Materials can include paper, cardboard, cigarette packets and ends, cans and bottles, dog waste, dead leaves, rubbish trapped in grilles plus much more.

Street vacuum machines are able to efficiently clean large cities, towns, or highways. With the ability to cope on grounds of all types, including cobblestones, concrete, kerbs, slopes, tiles, and grass.

Benefits Of Street Cleaning

Reduces Air Pollution

When assessing air pollution, dust is one of the biggest factors to consider. Dust particles in the air can cause various respiratory and cardiovascular health problems. According to the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) “The annual mortality of human-made air pollution in the UK is roughly equivalent to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year. Air pollution can cause and worsen health effects in all individuals, particularly society’s most vulnerable populations. Long-term exposure to air pollution can cause chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory diseases as well as lung cancer, leading to reduced life expectancy. Short-term increases in levels of air pollution can also cause a range of health impacts, including effects on lung function, exacerbation of asthma, increases in respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions and mortality”.  

Vacuuming the streets of an urban area helps to reduce air pollution and improve public health. Studies have found that mechanical sweeping combined with water flushing reduces dust on roads by 90%. Glutton street vacuum cleaners can also remove small pieces of trash, cigarette butts, and other debris that might otherwise find their way into the air. This not only helps to reduce air pollution, but also offers a cleaner environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

Conserves Water

Research shows that a dripping tap can lose up to 90 litres of water every day and a running tap can use up to nine litres a minute. Furthermore, an average bath uses 80 litres of water whilst a third of the water used in the home goes down the toilet. According to the Wildlife Trusts federation the average person uses around 140 litres of water a day. However, there are huge water deficits that are on track to occur by 2080. Therefore, we need to start cutting down on our use.

Street vacuuming is one method that can be used to reduce this use. By providing a cleaner and greener environment for towns and cities across the UK. Street cleaning helps by removing debris, therefore, conserving water and energy. This is due to the streets not needing to be watered down or sprayed with chemical cleansers.

Cost Effective

Vacuum road sweepers are also economically beneficial, as it is more cost-effective to use than traditional street cleaning methods. Cost efficiency is critical for any fleet of vehicles, from utility vehicles to last-mile delivery vehicles and electric street sweepers. Cost efficiency typically falls into two areas: fuel costs and maintenance costs.

  • Fuel costs – The fuel costs per mile is less with an electric vehicle compared to diesel. Modern electric vehicles have high-density batteries that can store a vast amount of power and smart technologies that increase efficiency. Regenerative braking is one example, and this works as an alternator to capture braking energy and recharge the battery.
  • Maintenance costs – Maintenance costs are lower than those associated with diesel engines because there are fewer moving parts, filters, hoses, and fluids.

ePower Trucks

Overall, vacuum road sweeper technology is an excellent solution to help keep the streets of cities clean and green. It helps to preserve resources, reduce air pollution, and improve public health.  

Waste management across businesses varies, depending on industries and type of waste. ePower offers a wide range of electric pedestrian Glutton Vacuum cleaners. Ideal for the collection of general rubbish from the streets or pavements in and around city centres. They are fully electric and have an in-built filter system for ease of use.

For street cleaning, Glutton 2411 and Glutton H2O are the ideal electric cleaning solution for urban spaces. Able to clean and remove paper, cardboard, cigarette packets and ends, cans and bottles made of glass, plastic or metal, dog waste, dead leaves and more. With Zero CO2 emissions thanks to the 100% electric technology.

Contact ePower Trucks today for all your electric street cleaning needs and let’s look after our planet together.

Red Cross DEC Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

by admin

We did it! ?

Our company bake sale was a huge success, and we managed to raise over £275 for the Red Cross Earthquake appeal! ???

We’re thrilled to have made a contribution to those affected by the recent earthquakes, and we couldn’t have done it without all of our members of staff.

https://www.dec.org.uk/

Using An Electric PRM Vehicle To Navigate The UK’s Busiest Airports

by OMS Admin

The UK is home to some of Europe’s busiest airports. In the UK there is a total of 40 airports, which holidaymakers frequently fly. Often leading to queues and long waits. According to data released by the Civil Aviation Authority, the number of passengers checking through UK airports is continuing to break records. Before the coronavirus pandemic, there were more than 300 million passengers transported in 2019. 

What Are The UK’s Busiest Airports?  

In 2019, it was reported that the 5 busiest airports were London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, London Stansted, and London Luton. With London being the UK’s capital, this doesn’t result in a huge surprise. Furthermore, Manchester acts as a major international hub for travellers from the north of England. 

Airport Passengers No. of Airlines No. of Terminals
London Heathrow 80,890,031 90 4
London Gatwick 46,576,473 50 2
Manchester 29,397,357 100 3
London Stansted 28,124,292 16 1
London Luton 18,216,207 20 1

With such high numbers of passengers and staff, airports can be really difficult places for people who need special assistance. Passengers with reduced mobility (PRM), often struggle to navigate these often large terminals. The demands of these busy rail and airport environments can be extreme. With thousands of workers, passengers, and luggage passing through the areas. Therefore, often special assistance is required with a form of PRM transport, airport transport vehicles or airport wheelchair.  

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What Is A PRM Vehicle?

PRM stands for passengers with reduced mobility. They represent one of the fastest-growing demographics in aviation. In 2016 Heathrow reported that approximately 1.2 million PRMs travelled through their terminals. If you’re a passenger with a disability or reduced mobility you are legally entitled to support, commonly known as ‘Special Assistance’, when travelling by air. PRM vehicles help both staff and passengers navigate through airports, in a safe and comfortable way.  

Who can use a PRM vehicle?  

If you are a passenger with reduced mobility or a disability, you are legally entitled to support in UK when travelling by air. This is commonly known as ‘Special Assistance’. Due to the law in place airports and train stations must provide transport vehicles help and assistance, free of charge. To ensure the passenger has a stressless journey. Special assistance is available to passengers who may need help to travel such as the elderly, those people with a physical disability, and such as users. In addition to those who have difficulty in social situations, interacting and communicating such as passengers with autism, ADHD, or dementia. In terms of airports the UK law apples when a passenger: 

  • Flies on any airline from a UK airport 
  • Flies on an EU or UK-registered airline to another UK airport 
  • Flies from outside of the UK or EU to the EU on a UK carrier 

Passengers who require special assistance should give their airline at least 48 hours’ notice.  

What PRM Assistance Can A Passenger Obtain? 

It is vital a passenger is clear about the type of airport transport vehicles they require. Passengers should be aware that some airports might request a longer time frame between check-in and departure. Help is available from the moment a passenger arrives at an airport, covering: 

  • The journey through the departure airport including security checkpoints 
  • Boarding the aircraft and during the flight 
  • Disembarking the aircraft 
  • Transferring between flights 
  • The journey through the destination airport including the baggage claim area, immigration, and customs 

Range Of PRM Electric Vehicles 

There is a range of PRM transport vehicles available including an aisle Mobby transport chair, an e-Mobby electric transport chair, and a multi-Mobby. Each passenger airport transport vehicle has varying benefits in order to help passengers. With the indoor nature of airports, electric vehicles (EVs) are often the number one choice. Airport technology is constantly evolving therefore, different airports will have different solutions. So, ensure you have the correct arrangements for your needs, by contacting them directly.  

How Dirty Streets Are Affecting The Environment And Property Values In Your Area

by OMS Admin

The natural world and environment around us, is our most precious inheritance. Everyone wants their country to be a great place to live, with clean air and water, beautiful countryside, habitats, and stunning urban areas that are welcoming and vibrant. The UK is blessed to have diverse landscapes, beautiful countryside, rolling hills, coastlines, and seas.

The quality of our environment has a direct impact on an individual’s health and well-being both physically and mentally. However, sadly when our local villages, towns and countryside are blighted with litter it reduces the ability to be able to enjoy them. Research has found that 81% of people are angry and frustrated by the amount of litter lying all over the country. Furthermore, 28-30% of people perceive “litter and rubbish lying around” to be a problem in their area.

According to the independent charity, Keep Britain Tidy, there are more than 30 million tonnes of litter dropped every year across the UK. This costs the taxpayers over £1 billion a year on street cleaning.

According to research conducted by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs the cost to keep our streets clean costs on average £28 per household. Additionally, Highways England spends at least £6 million a year on collecting litter from the Strategic Road Network.

What Is Litter

There is no legal definition of litter, but it includes anything from a chocolate wrapper, bag of rubbish or cigarette butt. Regardless of type, litter is unsightly and makes local areas look unkempt and uncared for. According to Keep Tidy Britain, the most common litter is drink cans, bottles, fast food packaging and cigarette butts. Litter can often take years to degrade which often causes harm, to wildlife and their habitats. Any food that is dropped can also lead to vermin such as rats, pigeons and seagulls being attracted.

Health & Wellbeing

Across various Government studies, the general public has distinguished the local environment to be an important factor in their wellbeing. A survey of 19,000 people in England showed that spending 2 hours or more a week in or around open green spaces, significantly increased the likelihood of good health or high wellbeing. However, litter can damage our quality of life. Often seen as a sign of disrespect for the local environment, community, workplace, and home.

Furthermore, there is evidence that living near the coast, rivers and lakes can increase an individual’s mental health and wellbeing. These types of environments promote increased levels of physical activity. One study reported people with good access to the natural environment are 22% more likely to be physically active.

Overall, physical activity has been seen to reduce the risk of mental illness, dementia, and physical conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. In England, almost two-thirds (63%) of adults are overweight or living with obesity. Furthermore, 40% of children leave primary school overweight or obese. Across the UK, it is estimated that obesity-related illnesses, cost the NHS £6.1 billion each year.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Phil Barton, said: “Our earlier research pointed to what we have always instinctively known – that more deprived areas suffer from poorer environmental quality. This report confirms it clearly and irrefutably. It is clear that social inequality extends to the quality of people’s surroundings, and we know that if places are dirty and look ‘unloved’ this can adversely impact health and wellbeing.”. Therefore, having a clean and tidy, open space to enjoy is vital.

Environmental Consequences Of Litter

The environmental consequences of litter not only affect animals and injures wildlife, but can pollute waterways, and even harm humans. The RSPCA receives on average 7,500 calls a year about litter-related incidents affecting animals. From badgers with plastic can holders embedded in their necks to hedgehogs with their heads wedged in empty tins.

On average humans discard around 60 million plastic water bottles every day. According to National Geographic, the amount of plastic that enters our oceans is expected to nearly triple by 2040 to 29 million metric tons. This plastic then ends up ingested, suffocating, and entangling hundreds of marine species.

However, it is not only marine life and animals that are affected by human littering. In a recent study, analysing blood samples from 22 anonymous donors, 17 were found to have plastic particles in their bloodstream. This was made up of PET plastic commonly from drinks bottles, polystyrene often used for packaging food, and polyethylene from which plastic carrier bags are made.

Furthermore, humans throw away around 4.5 trillion cigarette butts every year. Not only creating a fire hazard but further contributing to toxins in soil and waterways. Further threatening the health of organisms including humans.

Lastly, litter such as cans and glass on streets, beaches and playgrounds can result in cuts, injuries and strangled trapped animals. One British study looking at stress found that even viewing images of littered beaches caused participants high levels of stress. Further indicating the negative impact of litter.

25 Year Environment Plan

In 2018, the UK Government launched their 25 Year Environment Plan. This sets out their ambition to “be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it”.

The goals outlined to achieve include:

  1. Clean air
  2. Clean and plentiful water
  3. Thriving plants and wildlife
  4. Reduced risk of harm from environmental hazards such as flooding and drought
  5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently
  6. Enhanced beauty, heritage, and engagement with the natural environment

In addition, they will manage pressures on the environment by:

  • Mitigating and adapting to climate change
  • Minimising waste
  • Managing exposure to chemicals
  • Enhancing biosecurity

Link Between Litter And Crime

Research has found a link between deprivation, crime, and litter. Individuals who live in the most deprived areas of England tend to have significantly less access to green spaces, than in wealthier areas. Green spaces in urban neighbourhoods often remain unused due to their poor quality. Often due to the perception of the areas being unsafe.

Poor levels of cleanliness have been found to be associated with an increase in social disorder and crime. Additionally, 28% of areas that were the most deprived fell below an acceptable standard for litter. It was found there was a higher crime rate in areas with rubbish, graffiti, and fly-posting, and less in the cleanest streets.

Tim Burns, from Keep Britain Tidy, commented “There’s a lot of evidence to show in a more littered environment, people are less helpful to each other. Crime breeds litter and it might be that litter breeds crime. The knock-on effect is that people don’t want to move there, and prices are reduced. If you clean up the neighbourhood, it can improve your bank balance.”

Litter & House Prices

First impressions are everything and a buyer can make their decision about buying your home in a matter of seconds. Mark Hayward, of the National Association of Estate Agents, commented “You buy with your heart, not your head, so first impressions are important. Impressions of a property are made in the first two minutes, so the street leading up to it can make the buyer say, no.”

A recent report has revealed that living in a neighbourhood that is scattered with litter can reduce your property price by 12%. On average this is a loss of around £21,000, caused simply by rubbish outside your home. Additionally, the report showed that a reduction in litter could also reduce crime levels.

Tim Burns, from Keep Britain Tidy, commented “When people are looking to buy a new home, they want to feel they are buying in a nice place, where the community is cared for. There’s a lot of evidence to show in a more littered environment people are less helpful to each other. Crime breeds litter and it might be that litter breeds crime. The knock-on effect is that people don’t want to move there, and prices are reduced. If you clean up the neighbourhood it can improve your bank balance.”

Odour

Research has found that malodours are a major environmental cause of public complaints and have a negative effect on the quality of life in affected communities. Alongside this, individuals report higher levels of health issues, including anxiety and stress. Research has found that 78% of home buyers are put off by bad smells in and around a home. Furthermore, it found that places such as landfill sites often exceed odour thresholds, potentially leading to further stress and anxiety amongst local populations.

Street Cleansing

Street cleansing is a service that is often overlooked and taken for granted. It involves a set of tasks concerning the cleanliness of streets. This includes pavements, adjoining edges of roads as well as grassed and planted areas. This often involves street sweeping using both manual, machine-based and electrical sweepers. Tasks could involve litter picking, the uplift of fly-tipped items, removal of flyposting and removal of graffiti.

When an area has an effective street cleaning service, it is barely noticed, however, when ineffective the evidence is visual and can be substantial. Therefore, leading to differences in quality of life and the overall aesthetic of towns and cities.

Clean Our Environment

There are a variety of things we can do as humans to ensure our streets, towns, cities, and countryside stay clean and hygienic for everyone:

  • Dispose of rubbish responsibly including chewing gum
  • Recycle when possible
  • If you smoke dispose of the bud correctly
  • If you can’t find a bin, take your rubbish home
  • Dispose of larger items responsibly by taking them to your nearest waste recycling centre
  • Report any concerns to your local council
  • Join your local litter picking group
  • Clean up after your dog correctly
  • Speak up if appropriate if you see someone disposing irresponsibly

ePower

Litter is an avoidable problem, and we all have a responsibility to help address the issue. We cannot afford to take litter for granted. Our actions, or inaction, to fight litter affect all of us and will have an impact on generations that follow us.

Waste management across businesses varies, depending on industries and type of waste. ePower Trucks offers a wide range of electric pedestrian Glutton Vacuum cleaners. Ideal for the collection of general rubbish from the streets or pavements in and around city centres. They are fully electric and have an in-built filter system for ease of use.

For street cleaning, Glutton 2411 and Glutton H2O are the ideal electric cleaning solution for urban spaces. Able to clean and remove paper, cardboard, cigarette packets and ends, cans and bottles made of glass, plastic or metal, dog waste, dead leaves and more. With Zero CO2 emissions thanks to the 100% electric technology.

Contact ePower Trucks today for all your electric street cleaning needs and let’s look after our planet together.

How The NHS Are Leading The Change Towards Electric Vehicles

by OMS Admin

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) climate change is impacting the health of human lives in a variety of ways. For instance, it is affecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. As climate change develops, the UK has experienced 9 out of 10 of the hottest years on record in the last decade. Public Health England (PHE) reported that in 2019 almost 900 people died as a direct result of the heatwave. Furthermore, research suggests that up to a third of new asthma cases could be avoided, as a result of lower emissions.

WHO has predicted that between 2030 and 2050 climate change will have caused approximately 250, 000 additional deaths per year. Due to various reasons such as malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. Therefore, effecting our global healthcare industry and potentially cost between US$ 2–4 billion per year by 2030. Greenhouse gas emissions that result from the extraction and burning of fossil fuels are major contributors to both climate change and air pollution. One main way we can begin to tackle climate change is for countries, companies, and individuals to reach net zero.

What Is Net Zero?

CO2

According to the research initiative, Oxford Net Zero “Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere. The term net zero is important because – for CO2 at least – this is the state at which global warming stops.” The UK has become the world’s first major economy to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

NHS As A Contributor

The NHS is one of the largest organisations in the world and the biggest employer in the UK, with 1.3 million direct staff. It makes up a significant part of the UK’s economy. However, this comes at a price to the globe. It is the largest public-sector emitter of carbon emissions in the UK. Responsible for around 4% of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. In 2017, the NHS emitted over 27 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Action needs to be taken by not only cutting the overall NHS emissions but also building an adaptive capacity and resilience in the way of care.

The NHS has outlined several initiatives to reduce its contribution to climate change. Starting with 2008, when The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) was formed following the publication of the Climate Change Act (2008). This was to help understand the links between health, healthcare, and climate change. Which then further encouraged organisations to promote sustainable development.

With the SDU, roadmaps were created, as well as extensive research to adapt and reduce the impacts the NHS has upon climate change. Some of the positive changes due to the SDU included:

  • 19% reduction in the overall health and social care carbon footprint since 2007
  • 23% of 590,000 tonnes of waste was recycled in 2017, with only 15% going to landfill
  • 21% reduction in water consumption, equivalent to around 243,000 Olympic swimming pools

Following this in 2019, the NHS release its NHS Long Term Plan. Within this are several commitments including:

  • Reducing the NHS carbon footprint by 51% by 2025 and by 80% by 2050
  • Rolling out the use of low emission vehicles
  • Reducing emissions from transport fleets and business mileage by 20% by 2023
  • Eliminating heating fuels such as coal and oil
  • Minimising usage of single-use plastics

In January 2020, the campaign “For a greener NHS” was launched where an expert panel was invited to set out a practical, evidence-based, and quantified path to a net zero NHS. However, later that week, WHO declared COVID-19 a global health emergency. Therefore, pushing this program back whilst the world tackled the pandemic.  October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first health service to commit to reaching carbon net zero. The “Delivering a Net Zero Health Service” report was created in response to the growing threat to health posed by climate change. Within it there are two main targets:

  1. The emissions they directly control such as electricity, water, waste, vehicles, NHS facilities, and fossil fuels (the NHS Carbon Footprint). They aim to reach net zero by 2040. The next ambition is to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032.
  2. The emissions they can influence such as food, medicines, construction, staff commuting, and patient and visitor travel (NHS Carbon Footprint Plus). They aim to reach net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039.

Reducing Climate Change Through Transport

According to a report conducted by the Department for Transport in 2021, found 27% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions is due to transport. Of this, 55% came from UK cars.

According to the SDU, in 2018 roughly 3.5% (9.5 billion miles) of all road users in England related to patients, visitors, staff, and suppliers to the NHS. Resulting in around 7,285 tonnes of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 330 tonnes of particulates (specifically PM2.5). This contributed to around 14% of the total emissions. Which broke down approximately into 4% for business travel and fleet transport, 5% for patient travel, 4% for staff commutes, and 1% for visitor travel.

To reduce these figures the NHS has set out some aims and interventions. For instance, moving toward active modes of transport (cycling, walking, and public transport). This has been forecast to potentially save 461 ktCO2e per year. To enable this, all NHS trusts will be required to have a plan which:

  • Promotes active travel (walking and cycling)
  • Offers electric bikes supported by digital platforms (apps)
  • Shows changes to infrastructures such as improved cycle paths, storage, and shower facilities
  • Implements policies to include things such as car parking priority for those car-pooling

Additionally, the NHS aims to influence change within its 80,000 suppliers. Ensuring the suppliers are also decarbonising their own processes. This covers emissions from medical and non-medical equipment (18%), food and catering (6%), other procurement (18%), commissioned healthcare services outside the NHS (4%), and medicines and pharmaceuticals (20%).

Finally, by changing their large and varied fleet of vehicles, which currently equates to approximately 1,000 ktCO2e per year.

Electric Vehicles To Reduce Emissions

Electric vehicles (EVs) offer one main solution to reducing the world’s UK emissions. The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has suggested “The full transition to electric vehicles (EVs) will be one of the most important actions to achieve the UK’s net zero targets. By 2032 at the latest, the CCC has called for all new light-duty vehicles sold, including passenger vehicles, taxis, vans, motorbikes, and mopeds, to be fully battery-electric vehicles. To reach net zero, all vehicles – including heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) – must be fossil fuel-free by 2050.”

This has been further accelerated by the UK government. In November 2020, they made the transition to zero-emission cars and vans part of their 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution. Boris Johnson further announced the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be phased out by 2030. In addition to, all new cars and vans being zero-emission by 2035.

What are EVs?

EVs run either wholly or sometimes partially on electricity. This electricity has been stored onboard the vehicle within a battery or produced from hydrogen. There are different types of EVs depending on their emissions. However, the main two are zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). ZEVs for instance emits no CO2 emissions whereas ULEVs emit emissions of less than 75g of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the tailpipe for every kilometre travelled.

Despite the increased need for EVs, in 2020 there were only 3.3% of licensed ULEV cars on UK roads. This portion equated to either a plug-in-hybrid, battery-electric, range-extended electric, or fuel cell electric car. In proportion to 58.9% petrol cars and 37.6% diesel.

Electrification Of NHS Transport

As one of the highest emission levels within the NHS they have set out an agenda to reduce this by:

  • Incentivise staff to use electric vehicles, with increased access to these.
  • Ensure all vehicles purchased or leased are low and ultra-low emission (ULEV)
  • Meet the NHS Long Term Plan commitment for 90% of the NHS fleet to use low, ultra-low, and zero-emission vehicles by 2028
  • Undertake a Green Fleet Reviews to identify immediate areas of action
  • Engage with project ZERRO (Zero Emission Rapid Response Operations Ambulance)

Barriers To EV Transition

In July 2021, the government laid out decarbonisation plan, Decarbonising transport: a Greener, Better Britain. Containing strategies, actions, and commitments to encourage the update. However, there are still some pain points and apprehension about how the future of EVs is going to be achieved.

  • Lack of overarching charging strategy – At the end of March 2022, there were 30,412 charging points across the UK. In order for the UK EV fleet to grow to 23.2 million by 2032, the CCC has estimated a need for a further 325,000 charging points. Additionally, within the government’s plan is a lack of understanding and need across urban routes, home, and on-street charging.
  • Lack of network capacity – there are certain constraints on the reliability and capacity of the Transmission Network Operators (TNOs) and Distribution Network Operators (DNOs). Consequently, companies who want to install charging points could be faced with huge costs. Therefore, instantly posing a negative response to the scheme.
  • Limited EV vehicles – although there are huge strides in the manufacturing of EV vehicles these are still limited. Currently, there are only 6 models of the electric van in circulation. Thus, perhaps leading to huge wait times. Some businesses stated that they believe the incentives for manufacturing EV vehicles are currently not sufficient.
  • Range Anxiety – a term referring to the fears over distance travel. That many people are worried that EV vehicles will not get them to their everyday travels or that they made need to stop more regularly. 

Electric Hospital Equipment

With an abundance of evidence about the effects of climate change upon human beings and the NHS, it is vital action needs to be taken. Especially by the NHS, moving towards the net zero targets and towards cleaner air. This will not only benefit the globe, but overall areas, staff, visitors, patients, and overall public health.

To aid towards this net zero target, ePower Trucks, offer professional electric vehicles for in and around hospital sites of all sizes. With electric pedestrian trucks for patients, staff, and visitors, and electric towing equipment. Regardless of the size of the job, our electrical hospital equipment can get the job done. Our fully electric equipment does not emit any CO2 emissions or sound.

We have various electric hospital vehicles that can transport heavy loads of up to 7,250kg even over long distances. In addition to Glutton® cleaning equipment to ensure all your areas are kept to the highest standards. Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more about our services.

Why Electric Vehicles Are Vital To Improve The Air Quality Surrounding Hospitals

by OMS Admin

Air pollution has now become a public health crisis. Almost a third of preventable deaths (36,000) in England are due to air pollution. It can affect everyone from birth to death it surrounds us in every way. Every year tens of thousands of people visit hospitals suffering from various conditions that have been exacerbated by air pollution. For instance, asthma, stroke, cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, diabetes, and premature birth. However, research has found that 1 in 4 hospitals in England is located in areas that exceed safe levels of air pollution as determined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Hospitals are pivotal to the nation’s health and wellbeing and can play a crucial part in improving the impact of air pollution.

In 2018, Great Ormond Street Hospital asked environmental charity Global Action Plan “What would a Clean Air Hospital look like, and how would it operate?” It was discovered however, there was no clear pathway or guidance for this. As a result, they teamed up together to create “The Clean Air Hospital Framework”. This combined Global Action Plan’s expertise and air quality initiatives with Great Ormond Street Hospital’s expert knowledge of running a world-leading hospital. The framework was created to guide others on ways to minimise air pollution in and around hospitals.

What Is Air Pollution?

An air pollutant is anything within the air that could harm a person’s health. Pollutants of major public health concern include particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulphur dioxide. All of which can easily and quickly penetrate deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream.

Pollution can derive from a variety of sources including industrial, commercial, and residential emissions, transport, and agriculture. Exposure to it has been linked to a plethora of health issues. These include asthma, COPD, coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Why Does Clean Air Matter?

With over 400 hospitals in the UK and 16,500 worldwide, they should be places that improve our health. However, in a study conducted by the British Lung Foundation, 2,220 GP Practices and 248 hospitals in the UK are in locations with high air pollutants. This included cities like Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, and Leicester having at least one large NHS trust located in an area with unsafe levels of pollution. In addition to small towns such as Gillingham, Worthing, and Kettering in some cases 50% higher than the recommended limit. The effects of air pollution on individuals of all ages are vast in particular children. It can cause irreversible damage to children’s growing lungs and hearts.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, comments “We know toxic air pollution stunts the growth of children’s lungs and worsens chronic illnesses such as asthma, lung, and heart disease. That is why it is unacceptable that all of London’s hospitals, medical centers, and care homes, which look after some of the most vulnerable Londoners when they are most unwell, are in areas that exceed the World Health Organisation guideline limit for pollution”.

Air pollution in and around hospitals is due to various sources such as transport, for patients, staff, or visitors and materials used to keep the areas clean. The Clean Air Hospital Framework outlines the vision for what it means to be a clean air hospital and how to achieve it. It provides a clear step-by-step plan to make it easier for hospitals to act on their air quality.

Electric Hospital Equipment

The evidence is clear of the effects air pollution has upon human beings. Therefore, it is paramount hospitals move towards becoming a clean air hospitals. Therefore, improving the air quality in and around their area, protecting staff, patients, and overall public health.

ePower Trucks, offer professional electric vehicles for in and around hospital sites of all sizes. With electric pedestrian trucks for patients, staff, and visitors, hospital bed movers, and electric towing equipment. No matter what job you require we have all the hospital equipment you require. Our fully electric equipment does not emit any CO2 emissions or sound. Therefore, enabling you to reduce air as well as noise pollution around your hospital.

We have various electric hospital vehicles that can transport heavy loads of up to 7,250kg even over long distances. In addition to Glutton® cleaning equipment to ensure all your areas are kept to the highest standards. Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more about our services.

Certifications Required For Explosion-Proof Vehicles When Used Within Hazardous Locations

by OMS Admin

Any industry that processes, uses, or manufactures material that can produce a flammable atmosphere could potentially have an explosive atmosphere. An explosion can occur when there is a fuel such as gas, an oxidizer, and a source of ignition such as a hot surface. The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) relate to the protection of people within a workplace. This is protection against risks such as fires, explosions, and other similar events due to dangerous substances.

A Hazardous Location (HAZLOC) is a place where a controlled quantity of the substance is kept. For instance, flammable gases, mists, vapours, or combustible dust are located for a specified amount of time. Explosions within these areas can cause death, serious injury, and damage. To conform to DSEAR, any workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur, need to be classified into hazardous zones. Given the nature of an explosion, there are certain certification schemes that need to be adhered to. All to control the setup, control, design, and certification of equipment for the relevant atmospheres.

HAZLOC Area Classifications

ATEX is the name commonly given to the two European Directives for controlling explosive atmospheres.  It relies on the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) classification system. This sets out zones to classify hazardous locations:

  • Zone 0, Zone 1, and Zone 2 with gas or vapor
  • Zone 20, Zone 21, and Zone 22 with dust

The classification of each zone represents the likelihood of explosive or flammable material in that area. The main difference between ATEX and the IEC standard is that ATEX is a legal requirement for equipment that is used in hazardous locations. On the other hand, IEC is only a certification of safety.

Gas Zones

  • Zone 0: an area where unwanted hazardous substances are present all the time. Present over 1000 hours/year or more than 10% of the time.
  • Zone 1: an area where vapor or gas is present, under normal conditions, during long periods. Present in a space of 10-1000 hours/year or during 0.1-10% of the time.
  • Zone 2: you can find the presence of gas or vapor in abnormal conditions. The dangerous gasses or vapor are low in presence. Present less than 10 hours/year or under 0-0.1% of the time.

Dust Zones

  • Zone 20: a high explosion hazardous area where a cloud of combustible dust is present continuously or for long periods of time or frequently present.
  • Zone 21: an area where the cloud of explosive dust is likely to occur during routine operations.
  • Zone 22: an environment where a cloud of combustible dust is not likely to occur in normal operation. But if it does will only occur for a short period of time.

HAZLOC Certifications

Within all HAZLOC areas, the equipment used must be designed in a particular way to reduce risk and establish safety. Certified electrical equipment reduces risks and prevents explosions and fires.

Manufacturers of electrical equipment that is going to be used within a potentially explosive atmosphere must be certified and have the required ‘certifications’.

The specific process of equipment classification in categories is based on the equipment protection level. In this classification, category 1 represents the highest safety level and category 2 is the lowest.

  • Category 1 equipment can be used in zone 0, 1 or 2
  • Category 2 equipment can be used in zone 1 or 2
  • Category 3 equipment is only used in zone 2

The equipment must be labelled and is required by law to confirm the certification. Therefore, permitting the equipment to be used in the hazard areas.

Explosion-Proof Vehicles For HAZLOC

ePower explosion-proof trucks are all tested and certified following strict regulations. Our certified electric explosion-proof vehicles are able to operate in various hazardous areas. Built and developed for the most demanding working conditions across various industries. For instance, petrochemical, mineral oil, mining, gas plants, and tunnel construction.

Our range includes the ATX 340EX model with load capacity up to 1.205 kg, tow up to 4.500 kg, and have an autonomy level of up to 90 km with a single recharge. In addition to, the ED version, ATX 340EDX, has a twin cab, so it can accommodate 4 people. Both of which have an air-conditioning system designed to work at up to 55°C, and an electric heating system.  Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more about our services.

What Classifications Are My Hazardous Zones?

by OMS Admin

Dangerous substances can severely impact an individual’s safety and put them at risk of fires, explosions, and corrosion. They are classified as any substance that is used or present at work that would, if not properly controlled, cause harm. Often found in virtually all workplaces, they include solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases pressurised gases and substances corrosive to metal.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) have been created in order to control the risks and protect employees from them. The regulation puts the responsibility onto the employer to protect both their staff and members of the public who may be at risk by the work activities.

To meet the regulations employers are required to:

  • find out what dangerous substances are in their workplace and what the risks are
  • put control measures in place to either remove those risks or, where this is not possible, control them
  • put controls in place to reduce the effects of any incidents involving dangerous substances
  • prepare plans and procedures to deal with accidents, incidents, and emergencies
  • make sure employees are properly informed about and trained to control or deal with the risks
  • identify and classify areas of the workplace where explosive atmospheres may occur and avoid ignition sources in those areas

Hazardous Area Classification

Hazardous areas are defined in DSEAR as “any place in which an explosive atmosphere may occur in quantities such as to require special precautions to protect the safety of workers”. Classification of the area is a form of analysing and classifying the environment where dangerous substances and explosive gas atmospheres may occur. The main goal is to facilitate the ideal apparatus and that the selection and installation are correct for that environment such as vehicles. This includes considering the properties of any flammable material, mobile equipment, and sources of ignition.

The first stage is to identify the sources where flammable gas or vapour might be released. This could be from constant activity, time to time or as a result of an unplanned event. Furthermore, inside equipment could also be classed as a hazardous area if both gas or vapour and air are present. The most commonly used standard in the UK for determining area extent and classification is BS EN 60079 part 10, which covers a wide range of areas.

Zones

Once classified the hazardous areas are then split into hazardous zones. This is based upon the frequency of the occurrence and duration of an explosive gas atmosphere.

  • Zone 0: An area in which an explosive gas atmosphere is present continuously or for long periods.
  • Zone 1: An area in which an explosive gas atmosphere is likely to occur in normal operation.
  • Zone 2: An area in which an explosive gas atmosphere is not likely to occur in normal operation and, if it occurs, will only exist for a short time.

When the area has been classified and zoned, the remaining areas are defined as non-hazardous, sometimes referred to as ‘safe areas’.

The equipment that can be used within each zone is defined in DSEAR and applies to new or newly modified installations. Furthermore, the Equipment and Protective Systems for Use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 1996 (EPS) outlines further advice.

Explosion Proof Vehicles

The Alkè range of explosion proof vehicles from ePower Trucks are the ideal vehicle for any zone or industry. Built and developed for the most demanding working conditions across mining industries, petrochemical, gas plants, and tunnel construction. ePower Trucks explosion proof vehicles can work in high-risk areas with a potentially explosive atmosphere – gases or flammable vapours (zones 1 and 2).

Our range includes the ATX 340EX model with load capacity up to 1.205 kg, tow up to 4.500 kg, and have an autonomy level of up to 90 km with a single recharge. In addition to, the ED version, ATX 340EDX, has a twin cab, so it can accommodate 4 people. Both of which have an air-conditioning system designed to work at up to 55°C, and an electric heating system.  Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more about our services.

Keeping Your Electric Vehicle Running Smoothly

by OMS Admin

Electric vehicles (EVs) operate differently from petrol or diesel-fuelled vehicles and equipment, therefore, differ in their servicing and repair requirements. Here are a few tips from ePower Trucks to enable you to keep your electric vehicle running smoothly.

Recharging Batteries

Although this may seem an obvious point, it is often forgotten. Batteries should be charged at the end of every working day and fully recharged at least once a month. Additionally, this should be done even if the vehicle is not being used like any other device to preserve its life.

Tires

As with traditional vehicles, individuals need to check the tires for pressure and wear and tear periodically. Maintaining these to the manufacturer’s specified pressure extends tire life as well as your range. Ideally, checks should be done first thing in the morning before the vehicle has moved.

Using The Regenerative Braking System

If your electric vehicle has a motor brake it is ideal to use this as much as possible. This has many advantages, the first one being it recharges the battery and therefore increases the battery autonomy. Additionally, it saves around 30% of energy consumption, ideal for activities that are very stop and go. Furthermore, the duration of the brakes is increased. Therefore, it is advised to decelerate by simply releasing the accelerator pedal rather than using the brakes. The longer the deceleration, the more energy is sent to the battery.

Inspecting And Servicing Electric Vehicles

Maintenance of electric vehicles undoubtedly needs to be performed less than traditional combustion vehicles. This is mainly due to less mechanical arts and simpler operation. However, the implications of downtown for a business can be monumental. Therefore, scheduling regular inspections and maintenance checks of your vehicle is paramount. When completed consistently it prevents future problems before they impact performance and cost more.

Servicing By ePower Trucks

ePower Trucks will keep your electric vehicles in perfect condition and safe to use. Our highly-skilled, professional service teams offer service plans, designed to save you money and time. We only use the highest quality parts when servicing and repairing your vehicle. In addition, all of our parts are guaranteed for 12 months from the date they are fitted.

All of our engineers are equipped with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) ensuring they have all of your essential details straight away. This helps them focus on your requirements and start the job straight away. Each engineer carries a large range of stock meaning 90% of problems can be fixed straight away. Moreover, when you sign up for a service contract, you will receive a 10% discount on high-quality parts and discounted service visits. Contact ePower Trucks today to find out more about our services.

How Electric Warehouse Vehicles Can Help Make Your Warehouse More Environmentally Friendly With ePower Trucks

by OMS Admin

Global warming and climate change are huge topics looming over our planet. Many businesses are looking for new ways to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Including recycling, changing lighting, and using electric warehouse vehicles. This is the same across the warehousing, transportation, and storage industry.

There are various benefits to making your warehouse environmentally friendly. From reducing utility bills, reducing the companies carbon footprint, and overall providing an eco-friendly business that staff can be proud of. Even making small changes can have a huge impact in the right direction to making your warehouse more environmentally friendly.

Ways To Make Your Warehouse More Environmentally Friendly

Economical Lighting

Changing your lighting within your warehouse to light-emitting diode (LED) lights is one of the easiest first steps to an environmentally friendly warehouse. LED lighting is brighter than traditional bulbs while using less energy. They can reduce the power required by 80%. LED lighting is also seen as being brighter than their counterparts. Therefore, meaning you can light the same amount of space using less bulbs and energy. Furthermore, LED lights last longer saving you time and money replacing them. Additionally, sky lights could also be an option for your warehouse. These will allow the direct sunlight to stream straight into your warehouse.

Installation

Proper installation, correct doors and windows can all benefit the temperature within your warehouse. Therefore, reducing the amount of energy needed for climate control. Keeping temperatures at a consistent level throughout a working day can increase productivity and save money. Furthermore, warehouse installation can help maintain humidity levels. Ideal for items that require a drier environment.

Packaging

A main way to cut down waste is to reduce the amount of packaging used. Increased efficient packaging will in turn weigh less and therefore reduce costs. Furthermore, if packaging is changed to biodegradable material this can then be composted. Consequently, not taking hundreds of years to break down in landfills like synthetic plastic. Therefore, reducing your carbon footprint.

Recycle

Additionally, if your warehouse doesn’t already recycle, start now. Typically, warehouses are great places to start with recycling as cardboard and paper make up the vast majority of waste. If your company creates an effective recycling plan, separating all materials, less waste is then sent to landfill.

Expand upwards

As your company and warehouse expand why not consider expanding upwards rather than outwards. Using your vertical space with mezzanine platforms can help you expand without the hassle of relocating or building anything further. Expanding upward allows you to maximise the space you already have.

Energy Efficient Equipment

Changing from combustion engine-driven to electric warehouse vehicles within your warehouse has many benefits. It will not only reduce air pollution from petrol or diesel fumes but also noise pollution. Beneficial to both the globe and your staff’s health and wellbeing.

Electric Warehouse Vehicles From ePower Trucks

Our range of electric warehouse vehicles can help your warehouse improve efficiency. Able to heavy lift and therefore, move stock, equipment, and people with ease. We offer a range of vehicles from electric tow tractors, electric tugs, electric utility vehicles, and electric platform trucks.

Our portfolio of warehouse vehicles offer solutions adapted to narrow or wide aisles and intensive low or high-frequency tasks. Furthermore, they can be adapted to meet the unique needs of your company. With bespoke platforms, cage modifications, and accessories that speed up tasks or increase capacity. All of which are able to enhance performance, reduce risks and improve health and safety.

Every ePower electric warehouse vehicle can reduce your carbon footprint. With clean, zero-emissions and long-lasting, heavy-duty components they get the job done. Made to the highest standards and with only a few moving and wearing parts, these warehouse vehicles require little maintenance, keeping operational budgets low and predictable. Therefore, investing is one stage closer to creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly warehouse. Contact ePower Trucks today to discuss your warehouse and warehouse truck needs.