Phocas webinar for IAAF members – final reminder

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  • the top auto industry issues and how Phocas helps solve them
  • how Phocas is used by 100+ UK automotive businesses to monitor and improve all aspects of their business
  • how these business benefits could be applied to your organisation
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The aftermarket is facing a dynamic set of challenges: changing market conditions, increased competition, cost, time pressure and the need to stand out. Phocas approaches your data analytics with a clear focus on business issues. Let Phocas show you how your data can deliver a significant competitive advantage.

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IAAF AGM 2020 – Notification

IAAF Members are advised that the Annual General Meeting of Members will be taking place at 10:30am on THURSDAY 13th February 2020 at the IAAF Offices in Birmingham.

Members of all categories are invited to attend this meeting, during which items of importance will be put before the Membership for discussion. If Members wish to raise any matters under AOB, they should note that any items of a controversial nature must be advised in advance for inclusion on the full Agenda.

Details of the Annual General Meeting, including the Calling Notice and Agenda, are available for download from the secure area of the IAAF website.

If any member requires login details to access this area, they should contact the IAAF Office either by email or by calling 0121 748 4600.

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IAAF Golf Days 2020 – Save the dates

The IAAF has announced the dates and venues for its 2020 four-ball golf events with a new venue for the Midlands event.

Northern Day
Date: Wednesday 8th July 2020
Venue: Worsley Park Golf Course, near Manchester   

Midlands Day
Date: Wednesday 12th August 2020
Venue: The Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel and Golf Club, Tewkesbury

Sam Verity of Sogefi receiving the award for winning the 2019 IAAF Golf Challenge event

Further information and a booking form will be released in due course.

If you wish to reserve a place for your team ahead of the publication of the official booking forms, please contact the IAAF Office.

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All change for company car tax

For anyone running a company car fleet, from April 2020 they will see a substantial overhaul in how these vehicles are taxed.

Why the changes? After the VW scandal, a new CO2 emissions testing regime was developed. For company cars registered from 6 April 2020, employers will be using CO2 emission values based on the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). On the same date, new rules for ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEV) are being introduced.

The impact. Those with cars which emit over 50g/km of CO2 and have been registered before 6 April 2020 will see a difference in their emissions calculation, compared with those who have cars registered from 6 April 2020. This is because cars registered before 6 April 2020 will continue to hold their CO2 figure under the old testing regime for the life of the car.

Increase. The WLTP emissions figures are likely to be higher than the currently calculated figures because they reflect real world driving conditions and they vary considerably between models. In the WLTP consultation, the government estimated that 50% of company car users would see an increase in their company car tax benefit of between 10% and 20%.

Tip. When considering new company cars, don’t just opt for the latest model of the current car without comparing the new CO2 emissions.

2% reduction. To mitigate the likely increase in the CO2 emissions figure, for cars first registered from 6 April 2020, most company car tax rates will be reduced by 2% compared with those registered before that date. They will then increase by 1% in 2021/22 and a further 1% in 2022/23 at which point they will be the same as the rates for older cars.

Tip. Check the accessories. For example, air conditioning and sunroofs will move a car into a higher CO2 bracket in the new regime as it makes the car less fuel-efficient.

ULEV. From 6 April 2020 pure electric company cars will attract a 0% car tax rate instead of the 2% originally announced. The 0% rate will only last for one year, increasing to 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23.

From April 2020 a car’s CO2 emissions will be based on real world driving conditions which is likely to result in a hike in car benefit tax. Compare CO2 rates before buying new company cars.

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MAHLE Powertrain helps launch new 20KW Aeristech compressor at opening of new HQ

MAHLE Powertrain has helped to launch an innovative new 20kW electric motor at the opening of a new Warwick, UK headquarters for Aeristech, the developer of the world’s most power dense and efficient high-speed electric motors. As an early adopter of Aeristech technology, MAHLE was invited to take part in the launch of the company’s most powerful compressor, which provides greater torque density than any same-rated rival technology, reduced size for enhanced modularity and a significant increase in continuous power rating.

The applications for Aeristech’s new 20kW motor include traditional internal combustion and fuel cell passenger and commercial vehicles with stacks of up to and over 100kW, industrial, aerospace and marine. The company’s existing technology has been utilised by MAHLE for use within the powertrain of its advanced downsizing demonstrator vehicle. Its Volkswagen Golf features 48V architecture and a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder gasoline engine producing 193kW. This is achieved through the use of an Aeristech eSupercharger, which provides increased airflow alongside a traditional, larger turbocharger. 315Nm torque is produced from only 1500rpm, matching the performance of the original 2-litre turbocharged gasoline engine while offering a 25% reduction in emissions.

The 20kW motor is the latest additional to Aeristech’s range of permanent magnet variable speed electric units, which are able to accelerate to rotational speeds of over 160,000 rpm in under a second. The technology has been a vital enabler for its range of air compressors, which provide both performance and economy benefits, high power density, low noise and vibrations, and compact and lightweight structure. The 20kW motor provides maximum mass flow of 150gs-1 and a peak pressure ratio of 3.2 at 130gs-1.

“We are delighted to assist Aeristech with the opening of its new facility and unveiling of its latest 20kW electric motor; as long-standing technology partners we have first-hand experience of the benefits its eSupercharger technology can bring and we look forward to working on exciting future projects together,” states Simon Reader, MAHLE director of engineering services. “Aeristech’s eSupercharger is a key enabler for the extraordinary results achieved by our advanced downsizing demonstrator vehicle and we are sure that the new 20kW motor will help future projects to once again achieve or surpass expectations.”

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Valeo unveils autonomous, electric delivery droid

Valeo has recently unveiled its autonomous, electric delivery droid prototype at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.

The Valeo eDeliver4U was developed in partnership with Meituan Dianping, China’s leading e-commerce platform for services, which operates popular food delivery service Meituan Waimai.

The two groups signed a strategic cooperation agreement at last year’s CES to develop a last-mile autonomous delivery solution.

At 2.80m long, 1.20m wide and 1.70m tall, the droid can deliver up to 17 meals per trip, autonomously negotiating dense and complex urban environments at about 12 km/h without generating any pollutant emissions.

With a range of around 100km, the prototype gives a glimpse of what home delivery could look like in the near future, especially in the ever-growing number of zero-emissions zones that are being created around the world.

Meituan Dianping’s connected delivery locker allows for safe delivery to the end customer, who can book through a smartphone application.

The droid’s autonomy and electric power are delivered by Valeo technologies that are already series produced and aligned with automotive industry standards, thereby guaranteeing a high-level of safety.

How it works
The droid operates autonomously using perception systems including algorithms and sensors.

It is equipped with four Valeo SCALA laser scanners, a front camera, four fisheye cameras, four radar devices and twelve ultrasonic sensors, coupled with software and artificial intelligence.

The electrified chassis features a Valeo 48V motor and a Valeo 48V inverter, which acts as the system’s ‘brain’ and controls the power, a speed reducer, a 48V battery, a DC/DC converter and a Valeo 48V battery charger, as well as electric power steering and braking systems.

Jacques Aschenbroich, chairman and chief executive officer at Valeo said: “The modularity of the platforms means our technologies can just as easily be fitted to cars, autonomous shuttles, robotaxis and even droids.

“These new markets will allow us to further consolidate our leadership around the world in vehicle electrification, driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.”

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Thermal management: MAHLE Aftermarket ready for sales launch in January

Following the acquisition of the entire shareholding in Behr Hella Service (BHS) by MAHLE Aftermarket, all existing BHS activities was transferred to MAHLE on January 1, 2020. The new logistics center in Wroclaw/Poland, the future hub for thermal management products for passenger cars, trucks, agricultural vehicles, and construction machines, is currently being filled. This will allow MAHLE to ensure a high level of availability as well as short delivery times and respond flexibly to rising volumes. The MAHLE Aftermarket logistics centers in Germany, the UK, Spain, France, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, the USA, and China are also equipped and ready for orders.

With its expanded thermal management portfolio, MAHLE is positioning itself more broadly with regard to the increasingly important e-mobility market in particular. Thermal management is, after all, a central prerequisite for the reliable operation of electrically powered vehicles.

“The feedback from our customers in relation to the launch campaign has been extremely positive,” says Olaf Henning, Corporate Executive Vice President and General Manager MAHLE Aftermarket. “The workshops are aware of the challenges they face from the mobility transformation and the diversity of new technologies, and they are counting on us. We will support them by providing fast and reliable diagnostic and service solutions, information, and, of course, spare parts,” continues Henning.

In order to assist the workshops with regard to the new thermal management products, MAHLE Aftermarket also offers specific training and makes repair and maintenance information (RMI) available on its diagnostics tools and service equipment. MAHLE is thereby positioning itself as a solutions provider and future-proof partner for the workshops.

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Islington Council launches vehicle-to-grid electric vehicle charging project

Islington Council has launched a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging project aimed at helping the local authority become carbon neutral by 2030.

Three bi-directional chargers, manufactured by EVTEC, jointly developed with Honda, have been installed with Moixa’s GridShare software outside Islington Town Hall, with another two to follow.

The system will charge the EV batteries when power on the local network is cheapest and cleanest, and discharge it from the car batteries when it is most expensive and carbon intensive.

When EVs are plugged into all of the chargers, the smart technology can provide enough power to cover the whole town hall base load.

The council, which has declared a climate emergency, aims to electrify its fleet of around 500 vehicles by 2030, cutting annual transport CO2 emissions by 1,400 tonnes.

Chris Wright, chief technology officer at Moixa, said: “The EV revolution will put millions of ‘batteries on wheels’ on our roads in the next decade.

“By using AI-driven charging technology, we can intelligently manage these fleets of batteries, securing lowest-cost charging and highest-impact carbon savings.

“Our project with Honda and Islington shows what is possible and provides a blueprint for all large organisations to follow.”

The project will last for a year and will be continuously analysed to assess its performance. The authority will then decide.

Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We’re working to ensure our residents have clean air to breathe, while also saving money that can be spent on delivering essential services for the people of Islington.

“We’re working with industry leaders – Honda and Moixa – to electrify our fleet in the most effective way for our residents and acting as a pioneer for others to follow.”

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Hyundai and Kia make strategic investment in Arrival to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have announced a strategic investment of €100 million in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup.

Through the partnership, Hyundai and Kia plan to introduce competitively priced small and medium-sized electric vans and other products for logistics and on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle service companies. Arrival’s scalable electric platform can be adapted for multiple vehicle categories and types which Arrival, Hyundai and Kia will explore for development of a range of Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV).

The partnership with Arrival will help Hyundai and Kia meet rapidly growing demand in Europe for eco-friendly commercial vehicles, and accelerate the brands’ transformation from car makers to clean-mobility providers.

Albert Biermann, President and Head of Research and Development Division for Hyundai Motor Group, and Denis Sverdlovsk, Chief Executive Officer of Arrival, signed a contract for investment and the joint development of electric vehicles at the headquarters of Hyundai and Kia in Seoul. Of the total investment, Hyundai will contribute €80 million; Kia €20 million.

“The eco-friendly vehicle market in Europe is expected to grow rapidly due to the introduction of further environmental regulations,” said Biermann. “Through the joint development of electric commercial vehicles with Arrival, we will be able to gain a competitive advantage and progressively establish our leadership in the global eco-friendly vehicle market, with Europe at the forefront.”

Arrival’s CEO Sverdlovsk added: “Arrival has created a game changing product category – Generation 2.0 electric vehicles. Hyundai and Kia have been making amazing vehicles with uncompromising quality and share our vision for an electric mobility future. Our Strategic Partnership with Hyundai and Kia means we will scale Generation 2 electric vehicles globally and importantly – in the very near future.”

Founded in 2015, Arrival has production plants and R&D centers in the US, Germany, Singapore, Russia and the UK. The company’s strength lies in its ‘skateboard’ vehicle platform with a modular component structure, a cost-effective base which incorporates a battery pack, electric motor and driveline components.

Fully-scalable to accommodate multiple vehicle types, the platform can be used to accelerate vehicle development to meet diverse customer needs. Currently, Arrival is carrying out pilot projects with multiple logistics companies in Europe using cargo vans manufactured with the technology.

With the rapid global growth in online shopping, the volume of light commercial vehicles in urban areas has increased. The demand for eco-friendly commercial vehicles is expected to continue growing as environmental regulations tighten. From 2021, the EU will introduce the world’s most stringent vehicle emissions regulations, limiting each automaker’s fleet-wide average CO2 emissions by around 27%, from 130 g/km to 95 g/km.

By working with Arrival, Hyundai and Kia plan to supply eco-friendly vans and buses – built in volume and based on Arrival’s platform – to European logistics companies and mobility companies that provide on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle services.

The partnership with Arrival enables Hyundai to accelerate its ‘Two-track’ strategy to deliver battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell solutions for the European commercial vehicle market. To further support that strategy, Hyundai recently established Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility (HHM), the joint venture between Hyundai and Swiss hydrogen energy company H2 Energy. It aims to export 1,600 hydrogen fuel cell trucks to Europe by 2025, following the first export to Europe on January 3 as part of a pilot program.

Under ‘open innovation’ spirit, Hyundai and Kia are exploring partnerships with various businesses to build a leadership position in the rapidly expanding global EV market. In May 2019, Hyundai and Kia invested KRW 100 billion (US $90 million) in Rimac, a Croatian high-performance electric vehicle company, focusing on collaborative research to secure capabilities to lead the global high-performance electric vehicle market. In September 2019, Hyundai and Kia also invested in IONITY, Europe’s largest high-power electric vehicle charging network, and set the stage for sales expansion of EVs within Europe.

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IAAF Conference 2019 – Presentations now available

The presentations from the highly successful IAAF Conference held on 5th December 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes are now available for download by IAAF members.

If members would like to download any of the presentations, they should login to the IAAF website, then go to the General Members area where they will find PDFs of the individual presentations.

If anyone experiences any difficulties, or if they have not yet created their username/password, they should contact the IAAF Office.

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