Virtual Commercial Motor Show opens on September 29th.

The British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Baroness Vere, is to open the virtual Commercial Motor Show on 29 September.

This three-day event is a first for the road freight transport industry, with an online exhibition that has already attracted the support of truck makers DAF, Isuzu, Iveco, MAN and Mercedes-Benz and a full virtual conference programme.

There will be a conference too, which will cover all of the key issues facing the industry, including recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, the Road to Zero carbon emissions and the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme.

David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering at Cambridge University, will compare the efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells with battery electric vehicles, while Brian Robinson, head of commercial vehicles at the LowCVP, will review the role of biofuels.

Rob Fowler, CEO of electric vehicle start up manufacturer Volta, will give an update on the company’s plans for a range of purpose-built battery electric trucks while Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power will put the case for hydrogen as the fuel of the future.

Commercial Motor editor Will Shiers said: “with so many face to face events having to be cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus, we decided to try something new by bringing hundreds of exhibitors together with thousands of visitors in the virtual world. The Commercial Motor Show was a huge success back in the 1960s and 1970s when tens of thousands of visitors packed Earls Court and we are confident that we can revive that spirit online in 2020.”