The Commercial Vehicle Show 2023

Air-Seal Products had a busy few days at The Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham last week. The show is the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution, and logistics event in Britain, making it unmissable for anyone operating commercial vehicles as part of their business.

Punctures are an inconvenience for any fleet manager as the multiple costs involved can have a large financial impact on any operation. The repair cost of a puncture is minimal when compared to other associated factors such as downtime, call-out, and the cost of a new tyre. Therefore, Air-Seal Products exhibits at the CV Show each year to demonstrate the effectiveness of our tyre sealants in reducing these issues.

The three-day show saw a multitude of our existing customers stopping by to let us know how happy they were with the performance of our tyre sealants. Both MRL Grab & Tip Ltd and Oliver Landpower Ltd have been using our products for over 15 years, and Mike Potts Haulage says our product is so good he never needs to replace tyres!

We also took the opportunity to catch up with some of our larger customers such as Argos and the Royal Mail Ltd, to whom we are the sole suppliers of tyre sealant.

Alongside catching up with familiar faces, Air-Seal Products also converted some non-believers into customers with our impressive tyre sealant demonstration. One new customer, J & R Car and Van Hire, was so impressed with our tyre sealant demo they bought three of our brand-new 4 litre jugs from the stand!

The Commercial Vehicle Show will be back again next year from the 23rd-25th April but if you can’t wait that long to see our infamous demo then click here. If you would like to purchase a product from our premier tyre sealant range, you can visit our online shop here.

Electric vs Hydrogen Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to have the upper hand over Hydrogen vehicles at present, though this could be explained by the technology and infrastructure not being as developed for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCVs). There is still every chance that Hydrogen could challenge Electric as the future of clean transport.

How do they work?
Electric vehicles are powered by a lithium-ion battery which then powers the motor of the vehicle, these batteries are then recharged by plugging into the electricity grid. Hydrogen vehicles also contain an electric motor fuelled by Hydrogen fuel cells which then react with oxygen to produce electricity and water vapour. These vehicles are refuelled in a similar way to petrol and diesel vehicles at Hydrogen specific service stations.

Pros and cons?
The infrastructure for Electric vehicles is far more advanced than Hydrogen with grants being offered by the UK towards the purchase and installation of domestic charging points. However, the infrastructure for Hydrogen vehicles is thought to be relatively straightforward to scale up with the right investment and support.

Electric is also generally cheaper to purchase with the cost of recharging less during off-peak grid times making them a good long-term investment. Although the lengthy charging times and shorter ranges of the Electric vehicles make the higher cost of Hydrogen refuelling, not dissimilar to current fuel prices, easier to accept.

Both vehicle options produce no emissions from the exhausts, but Co2 is released during the manufacturing processes, meaning that neither option is a completely zero emission product.

It seems that both Electric vehicles and Hydrogen vehicles need further research and development. Electric needs a solution for efficient recycling of batteries, quicker charging times, and increased ranges. While Hydrogen needs improved infrastructure and reduced costs for the extraction of Hydrogen for refuelling. Both options could be major solutions to ‘green’ transport and help meet the ambitious target of ending sales of non-zero emission cars and vans in 2035.