APC Low-carbon technologies

Low-carbon technologies supported by APC investment

Fifteen UK small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will benefit from a combined £1.1 million investment to develop new low-carbon technologies.

The funds have been raised through the latest phase of the Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

Promoting UK innovation

TDAP manager for the APC Josh Denne argued the automotive industry needs a range of new technologies to help decarbonise the UK transport sector, from heavy duty to passenger and beyond.

“The variety of technology coming through this programme reflects the change in the industry,” he stated.

“There is no silver bullet for decarbonising the transport sector, being technology agnostic at the APC allows us to be reactive and work with some revolutionary new technology and organisations.”

Technologies that will benefit from an influx of new funding range from new battery management technologies, fuel cells to printed power electronics.

APC is a collaboration between the UK government and industry to develop low-carbon automotive technologies and to safeguard up to 300,000 jobs.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Supporting a lower-carbon future is imperative for the UK automotive industry and it is investment in SMEs and technologies at the cutting-edge of design that will pave the way to make this dream a reality.”

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Bentley employer for school leavers

Bentley named top automotive employer for school leavers

Bentley has been named the UK’s number one employer in the automotive industry for school leavers.

The award was organised by careers guidance company AllAboutSchoolLeavers and voted for solely by UK apprentices.

Developing the next generation of automotive talent

Fending off stiff competition from a range of other manufacturers, Bentley was praised for its commitment to providing a high level of training and offering a range of recognised qualifications.

Dr Astrid Fontaine, member of the board for people, digitalisation and IT at Bentley, said: “To once again be named the Top Automotive Employer for School Leavers in the UK is an achievement we are very proud of and underlines our continued commitment to future talent.

“This commitment spans decades with programmes running for more than 40 years, each offering a solid foundation for people to build the relevant skills and knowledge that will enable them to grow through their careers.”

The company continues to take on talented young people and will see a further 49 apprentices join the firm’s apprenticeship programme this year. This will add to the 200 apprentices currently serving with the marque.

Jenny Smith, general manager for Tele-Gence, commented: “Supporting more young people to enter the dynamic world of automotive development is something to be applauded and Bentley continue to set the bar high in this regard.”

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Support and understanding are essential to meeting customer needs

Helping to support our clients when they face problems with their account is a key part of our service.

As such, we’re always happy to hear from customers who have had a positive experience when we’ve helped to sort out their problems.

Providing help and support when needed

John Rawson of racing pigeon transportation specialist Yorkshire Middle Route Combine recently contacted us to highlight his own positive experience of working with Fuel Card Services.

Mr Rawson was having difficulties accessing his customer account when a colleague became ill. However, our accounts team quickly provided alternative access arrangements for him and transferred the details into his name to ensure the smooth use of his fuel cards moving forward.

He said: “All staff I dealt with, either by telephone or email, were very friendly and saved me a lot of time and money sorting this out.”

Yorkshire Middle Route Combine makes use of the Shell fuel card from Fuel Card Services and has a monthly spend of approximately £1,000 for its fleet of HGVs and Transit vans. The company draws diesel fuel only for its vehicles.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Helping to support our customers when they face difficulties like ill health is important to us. We do all that we can to ensure our clients feel they are receiving the best service possible from Fuel Card Services.”

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Swift resolutions keep our customers content

Providing a swift resolution when our customers face a problem is always a top priority for Fuel Card Services.

This was precisely the case for Ashgill Electronics, who contacted us recently to highlight the fast response and fixing of issues that we’re so proud of.

A fast fix makes all the difference

Poppy Corbett, finance director at Ashgill Electronics, explained how the company was having difficulty using our services at a local filling station. However, after a quick call to their account manager, Leanne Lord, the problem was rectified.

Poppy said: “I spoke to Leanne who sorted the problem quickly and highlighted other areas to help us. Leanne was incredibly friendly, polite and professional.”

She went on to add that Leanne also suggested a number of ways to help the company reduce its costs in the future and was later in contact with further information to help the business.

Ashgill operates a fleet of five vehicles, including vans and cars, and makes use of our Shell fuel card. The company has a monthly spend of approximately £800 and uses diesel fuel only.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “This is the kind of thing we love to hear from our clients. Leanne’s work is a great example of how Fuel Card Services takes its customer relationships extremely seriously.”

mixed reality in motoring

World-first use of mixed reality in motoring

Volvo has teamed up with Finnish virtual reality (VR) specialist Varjo to create the world’s first mixed reality motoring experience.

The new system will make it easier to develop new prototypes, designs and safety features.

Supporting safer driving with VR

Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars, explained: “Instead of the usual static way of evaluating new products and ideas, we can test concepts on the road immediately.

“This approach offers considerable potential cost savings by identifying priorities and clearing bottlenecks much earlier in the design and development process.”

Making use of a specially-designed VR headset for the driver, the system enables photorealistic mixed or virtual reality driving in high-definition resolution.

It allows the testing of new functionality for controls and in-built technology, with ease of assessment for how distracting any new tools may be for the driver.

Evaluating new designs using augmented reality also means safety can be improved, as experts can use the system to drive vehicles and impose artificial scenarios on real-world settings.

It’s showed the new technology will have radical implications for the creation of safer cars in the future.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “Mixed reality is at the cutting-edge of tech innovation and it’s great to see its use in automotive design. The next generation of vehicle safety enhancements could have virtual reality testing at their core.”