A new exhibition and conference, called Innovation and Technology in Transport (ITT Hub) will take place on June 30 and July 1 this year.
The event, postponed from last year, will provide logistics and transport professionals with a first opportunity to meet this year and a chance to experience the latest technology in the commercial vehicle business.
More than 130 exhibitors have signed up for ITT Hub, grabbing the opportunity to meet with fleet managers, buyers and operators in the commercial vehicle and passenger carrying industries. With 20,000m2 of indoor and 25,000m2 of outdoor exhibition space, the event will be located at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre (above).
Much of the exhibition and conference will focus on the government’s Decarbonisation of Transport plan, as logistics operators look to achieve net zero carbon emissions. Leading electric vehicle manufacturers will be present, along with infrastructure solution providers, energy suppliers and technology companies, keen to demonstrate the ways in which van, truck and bus operators can move towards a net zero scenario.
Van users will have plenty to see, with manufacturers including Ford, Fiat Professional, Harris Maxus, Iveco and Arrival displaying their latest models. This will include a first opportunity for many to see the electric Maxus eDeliver 3 and eDeliver 9, plus the all-new E-Ducato from Fiat Professional.
Visitors will also be able to discuss light trucks with the likes of DAF, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Renault Trucks and Volta Trucks. Again, this will include a chance to see the first electric trucks on the market, including DAF’s LF and CF Electric and the range of electric LCVs and HGVs on offer from Renault Trucks.
Service and conversions
There will be plenty of service and conversion providers at the show too, including Bott, Brigade Electronics, Locks 4 Vans, Mobile Onboard, Quartix, Road Angel and Spillard Safety Systems.
If you are looking for advice and help with a move towards a zero emissions future, you will also be able to discuss your plans with the Department for Transport, FORS, Highways England and Innovate UK.
The Future Logistics Conference will run throughout both days of the exhibition, in a stand-alone theatre space within the exhibition centre. With a keynote speech from astronaut Tim Peake, the conference will focus on future vehicles and future fuels, along with the ways in which operators will be able to adopt them.
In a packed programme, the speakers will discuss the power of data in transport and logistics, while also tackling the skills shortage within the industry. But the main focus will be on the future of logistics and transportation, including the path that van users can take on the road to electrification.
• 10.00: Keynote – Tim Peake CMG
• 11.15: HGV – Future Vehicles and Future Fuels
• 12.30: The Power of Data in Transport and Logistics
• 1.45: Attracting, developing and retaining talent in the transport and logistics sector
• 3.00: Vans – Future Vehicles and Future Fuels
• 10.00: Public sector support, what help does industry need from government to achieve net zero?
• 11.15: Which business models will succeed in the future for logistics and transport?
• 12.30: How to fund the future, strategies for finance, investment, risks and opportunities
• 1.45: Passenger Transport – Future Vehicles and Future Fuels
• 3.00: What’s the reality of autonomous vehicles and what’s the business model?
If you are interested in a move to electric vehicle use, the EV Café is an online community that shares its experience of zero emission mobility.
The group will put on a ‘Top Gear’ style EV show at the heart of the exhibition, three times a day, tackling a range of EV-related topics. Regular hosts and invited guests will discuss key areas, including access to vehicle charging, electric and hydrogen powered trucks, infrastructure developments and manufacturer news.
TIMING & LOCATION:
Farnborough is just 30 minutes by train from London Waterloo and there will be free electric shuttle buses running from the station to the Exhibition & Conference Centre, which is just 7 minutes away.
If you are driving, the site is easy to access from Junction 4 of the M3 and there are 3,500 free car parking spaces available. Sat-nav should be set to Etps Road, GU14 6FW.
The exhibition will be open from 09.30 to 17.00 on both days and both the exhibition and the conference are free to attend. To speed up your entry, it is worth pre-registering though, at www.itthub.co.uk.
Ride & Drive
The exhibition will include the opportunity to test drive some of the vehicles on show, over a two-mile Ride & Drive route on closed roads within the facility. DAF Trucks, Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Fiat Professional, Voltia and Arrival will take part, offering a first chance for many potential buyers to try out new technologies in a safe environment.
If you would like to test drive any of the vehicles on offer, it will be necessary to pre-arrange a drive with the manufacturer at the event, while providing necessary licences and driver qualification cards. These will be checked by the Licence Bureau and all participants will be drug and alcohol tested by AlcoDigital.