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With the majority of visitors directly responsible for purchasing, the Commercial Vehicle Show is an important showcase for the sector. Our preview gives just... CV Show makes welcome return

The Commercial Vehicle Show will go ahead this year, from August 31 through to September 2, at the NEC in Birmingham. The show looks set to offer van and truck buyers an opportunity to see many of the latest vehicles, along with some that have yet to be officially launched. It also provides a chance to connect with a wide range of suppliers and services, while meeting with existing providers and colleagues within the logistics business.

With three out of every four visitors to the show directly responsible for vehicle purchasing, as a fleet owner, director, senior manager or engineer, the CV Show has long been the first port of call for those looking to renew or extend their fleets. The event also includes workshop and cool chain sectors, plus there will be two live theatres within the halls, offering a range of presentations and discussions throughout the three-day show.

These are some of the companies that are exhibiting this year.

Ford

Ford’s E-Transit will take centre stage at this year’s show. Though not available until the early part of 2022, the full electric Transit will be one of the most anticipated vehicles at the event. With a 198kW motor, a 67kWh battery and a WLTP driving range of up to 217 miles, the big Ford will be offered in a wide range of panel van and chassis cab variants.

Gross weights will run from 3.5-4.25 tonnes, delivering payloads of up to 1,616kg in the panel vans and a body and load allowance of 1,967kg in chassis cab form. The E-Transit will also be equipped with Ford’s Pro Power Onboard system, allowing trades to charge and power tools from the van’s battery.

The company will also use the show to fully launch its FordLiive uptime programme, which was announced earlier this year. Ford Fleet Management, a new joint venture between Ford and fleet specialist ALD Automotive, will also be introduced at the CV Show, offering fleets a complete operating eco-system.

With 19 vehicles on the stand, new models will include the Ranger Stormtrak and Wolftrak editions, and the Raptor SE. Those looking for more of a working truck may also be interested in the Ranger chassis cab and tipper models, which will be joined by a number of new One-Stop-Shop conversions, including fridge vans and welfare models.

Maxus

With sales rising rapidly, particularly the firm’s all electric e Deliver 3 and e Deliver 9, Maxus and importer Harris Group will be keen to show the latest developments on an EV-only stand. Both vehicles will be shown in panel van form, along with chassis cabs and a platform cab for the long wheelbase e Deliver 3. The e Deliver 9 will be present in L2 and L3 lengths, with both H2 and H3 roof heights. Both vans will be available for test drives during the event.

LEVC

The CV Show will be the first opportunity for many UK fleet buyers to see LEVC’s VN5 van, built just down the road from the NEC in Ansty. The electric LCV, which uses a 1.5-litre petrol engine as a range extender, provides an overall driving range of up to 300 miles, with EV-only coverage of up to 63 miles. The van has a load volume of 5.5m3 and a payload of 800kg.

Since its launch, LEVC has been busy developing a dealer network, both here in the UK and across Europe. The company has also appointed Paneltex as a converter, while both Modul-System and Sortimo offer approved racking and conversions. LEVC has announced an extended warranty product through Assurant and a telematics package through Geotab. The company is even set to offer the VN5 as an electric camper van.

Land Rover

Another local company keen to capitalise on the CV Show’s Birmingham location is Land Rover. With the introduction of the new Defender to Land Rover’s line-up, come both 90 and 110 Hardtop commercial vehicle models, joining the Discovery Commercial in an expanding LCV offer. The defender 90 and 110 Hardtop provide 1.3m3 and 2m3 of cargo space respectively, plus a range of underfloor storage solutions. Payloads range from 670kg on the 90 to 800kg on the 110 model and both can tow up to 3.5-tonnes on pretty much any terrain.

SsangYong

Korean firm SsangYong will be present at the show again, with its Musso and Grand Musso long bed pick-up trucks. The company will be updating the Musso range this year, with a totally new grille the most noticeable update and the new trucks should make a first UK appearance at the event.

Locks4Vans

Security specialist Locks4Vans will be taking the opportunity to show off its entire range of vehicle locking security, from electric cargo bikes through to vans and heavy goods vehicles. Among the latest developments are locking kits for the latest electric vans from Maxus and the LEVC VN5. 

EVs pose specific security concerns, particularly regarding added weight that can affect range and carrying capacity. The VN5 is also a slightly different proposition as it uses a composite body, rather than steel. The company has developed slam-lock solutions however, for added driver convenience and security.

Toyota

While electric vans will also feature on the Toyota stand, with the UK launch of the Proace City Electric, the company is also keen to show that it is still able to supply those customers who need to stay with diesel power. “We want to be able to provide the right vehicle, for the right customer, at the right time,” said LCV manager Gareth Matthews.

VFS

Body building and conversion specialist VFS is building on its established off-the-shelf body lines with the introduction of three new products at the show. The first is a tipper body that has been specifically designed for use with electric chassis cabs. Because of the location of the batteries in an EV, the company has developed a tipping ram that doesn’t extend below the body, so there is no danger to the battery pack. This is initially designed for the Renault Master Z.E. but will be made available to other EV chassis as they become available.

VFS will also have a prototype curtainside delivery body at the show. Designed primarily for deliveries in rural areas, the curtainside body will be offered for a range of chassis manufacturers. Lastly, the company will show a range of industry-specific accessory packs. The model on show will be a traffic management dropside, with dropped wells in the body, to allow operatives to safely lay or pick-up traffic cones.

Vauxhall

Vauxhall has confirmed that it will represent parent company Stellantis at the show this year, with a range of vans on display. Unsurprisingly, the focus will be very much on future technology, with the electric Vivaro-e and the new Combo-e vans taking centre stage. The company is also expected to show an early version of its Vivaro-e Hydrogen van. 

This has a hydrogen fuel cell beneath the bonnet and three 700 bar hydrogen tanks in place of the Vivaro-e’s battery packs. That means no loss of load volume and an increase in payload to 1,100kg will be possible, while driving range increases to 249 miles and refuelling time drops to just three minutes.

Read our previous CV Show review here.