LCV racking specialist Tevo has branched out in a new direction with the introduction of Modul Fleet, a smartphone-based fleet management app.
Businesses can use the app for scheduling, to keep track of employees’ movements when they are travelling to job sites, and to make appointments. It can also create invoices and carry out stock inventories, while used in conjunction with an onboard diagnostics dongle it can monitor driver performance.
Light commercial vehicle manufacturers are also introducing apps to make life easier for their customers.
With its revised Kangoo Van ZE.33 electric van, Renault is offering ZE Trip, which enables drivers to locate public charging points via the vehicle’s R-Link navigation system or online when preparing journeys in advance.
ZE Trip indicates the real-time availability of each charging point and whether it is compatible with the van.
Renault has also launched a smartphone-based app, ZE Pass, that customers can use to pay for recharging. They can also use the app to compare prices between different charging points.
In addition, ZE Connect Pro is a new online tool that fleet managers can use to check their vans’ battery-charge levels when on the road or back at base.
The use of phone technology isn’t the only way to improve the quality of your van life. Volkswagen has largely built the name of its iconic Transporter upon its reputation as the pre-eminent camper van on the market and this summer the brand wasted no time in launching a range of merchandise through its Van Centre network to further enhance customers’ trips away. Items include a four-person tent based on the original T1 Transporter, an onboard coffee maker, picnic blankets, deck chairs, cool bags and sun umbrellas.
Arguably less fun but more practical is the range of accessories 4x4 specialist Truckman offers. While best known for producing tonneau covers and hardtops for the major pick-up brands, recent additions to its portfolio include skid-resistant bedliners for pick-up trucks.
Designed to protect the load bay surface from dents, scratches and spills, Truckman claims the bedliners, which are priced from £180 excluding VAT, are made from low-slip plastic that reduces the movement of the load when in transit.
Truckman has also just introduced its Pro-Lift system that uses gas struts in combination with a spring system to take the strain out of opening and closing heavy pick-up truck tailgates. Truckman claims the Pro-Lift reduces the effective weight of the tailgate by 95%, enabling it to be opened and closed with one hand. The accessory can be fitted to all pick-up models and costs from £158 excluding VAT.