Early May saw the annual industry pilgrimage to Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre for ITT Hub. Richard Sharman reports on the latest innovations that were on display
Wednesday and Thursday 10 and 11 May saw the Innovation & Technology in Transport Hub event take place again; it is hard to believe that this was already the third edition of multi-modal event that is not just focussed on the coach and bus sector, but also other forms of commercial vehicles such as vans and heavy goods vehicles.
Last year saw 3,800 exhibitors, innovators, transport professionals, Government officials, thought leaders and sustainability experts gather to tackle the toughest challenges of the wider commercial transport industry – decarbonisation and the creation of a smarter more efficient transport eco system.
So given the importance of this now well-established event in the calender, it was quite a surprise to see many of our industry’s names not in attendance this time around: Alexander Dennis – which had its own outside stand last year, but was busy launching its autonomous buses in Edinburgh; Mellor – which displayed a Sigma last year; Mercedes-Benz – which was in attendance, but not showing anything from its coach and bus range; Switch Mobility – which displayed two vehicles last year; Volvo Bus – which showed its BZL double decker and 9700 coach last year; and Wrightbus – which exhibited a selection of vehicles last year and made a major announcement about working partnering with Volgren to provide its hydrogen fuel cell powertrain technology for the manufacture of two zero-emission hydrogen single deck buses. Maybe, we will see some of these names return to Farnborough again next year?[…]
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