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Harnessing an HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle)

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You’ve probably heard the word ‘HGV’ quite a few times. Mentioned on radio traffic reports or perhaps as the subject of discussion on the next table at the café when you’re having your morning bacon and egg, but you never really paid much attention.

But what exactly is an HGV, and why should you specifically get an HGV licence?

The letters ‘HGV’ stand for ‘Heavy Goods Vehicle’ and cover any truck or lorry that weighs in at more than 3,500 kilograms. To put that in some context 3,500kg is a little less than the average Indian elephant, or equivalent to about four and a half North American bison, if a little easier to control!

But enough interesting statistics. How does this affect you?

Driving an HGV is harder than it looks, and to those in the know, being able to command such a huge vehicle is a very valuable skill, like being able to operate a complicated piece of machinery. Because of the skill involved, your average Joe isn’t permitted to just hop behind the wheel of a four-ton truck – he needs a licence. That licence (of which there are many different types) certifies and legitimises your right to drive such a vehicle.

However, obtaining such a licence opens up a whole world of possibility, something beyond the humdrum existence of your everyday job.

Great Salary

First of all, valuable skills are exactly that — valuable. That means an HGV-licensed driver can expect a serious boost to their pay packet. The average earnings for a category C+E driver (a category C+E licence means that the driver is qualified to drive a bar or articulated vehicle, and an extra entitlement of 750 kg) exceed £26,000 per annum, with a starting salary of £24,000. This is more or less unheard of outside very particular graduate industries, and even looks favourable when compared with some of the jobs and sectors that debt-laden university graduates go into, like fashion or journalism, where even the chance to work for free is seen as gold dust.

Recession-Proof

Some research conducted by Nationwide fairly recently found a shortage of around 40,000 HGV drivers in the UK alone – and that in a time of recession. Remarkable news. Put quite simply, the world is crying out for HGV drivers. If you qualify as one, you can name your price.

Freedom

And the job itself isn’t too shabby either! Many lorry and truck drivers wouldn’t ever want to do anything else. They love the sense of adventure, the freedom, the ability to see new places each and every day, the time to themselves to think and ruminate. A regular change of scenery is vital to our development as human beings, and the chance to have that as part of your working life is not one that should be passed up on too quickly. If licensed to go abroad, HGV drivers can also experience new countries and cultures – and all whilst getting paid to do it!

Valued Role

In addition to all that, lorry drivers are the lifeblood of any country’s economy. Without lorry drivers and their ilk, the transport of tangible goods would stop: children wouldn’t get their school dinners, companies couldn’t sell their products and vital medicines couldn’t be delivered. If you are a lorry driver, what you are doing really does matter, and it matters to millions of people.

Take a look at for more information, and take the first step towards a lucrative, exhilarating and uplifting career. Getting your HGV licence has the potential to change your life for the better.

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Tesla Ends Referral Program To Cut Costs, Improve Profits

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Red Tesla Model 3 Performance Driving

The incentives add “too much cost” to the cars, especially the Model 3.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company’s referral program, which entices buyers with a series of unique incentives that helped drive sales, will come to an end on Feb 1, 2019.

The program allows owners to give friends six to nine free months of Supercharging with the purchase of a new Model 3, Model S, or Model X. Owners receive a laser-etched photo of themselves launched into deep space for their first referral, a signed wall connector or a miniature Model S for their kids for the second referral, and special wheels for their third.

Tesla decided to end the referral program because it was “adding too much cost to the cars, especially Model 3.”

Musk has told employees that the Model 3 still costs at least $38,000 to build, requiring significant reductions to make a profit on the upcoming bare-bones base model, which will have a starting price of $35,000 in the U.S.

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Ford Is Making fully Electric F-150 Pickup Truck

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2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck

The company is aiming to ‘futureproof’ its best-selling vehicle.

Ford has confirmed that it’s working on an all-fully electric F-150 pickup in preparation for the auto industry’s impeding shift towards battery power.

The F-Series was the United States’ best-selling truck in 2018, the 42nd consecutive year it’s held that title, and the most popular vehicle of any kind for the 35th straight year. However, with an increasingly-threatening Tesla very enthusiastic about building an all-electric pickup and several new upstarts like Rivian fielding similar projects, Ford is no longer only contending with General Motors and FCA in the segment. It can’t afford to rest on its laurels.

“We’re going to be electrifying the F-Series — battery electric and hybrid,” Jim Farley, the company’s president of global markets, said, acknowledging that a pure battery-powered variant is necessary to “futureproof” the model’s success.

Not long before this revelation, Ford and Volkswagen announced an automotive alliance that has the development of midsize pickups as a focal point. The German automaker has made it well known its intention to dominate the EV boom; its relative expertise in electrification could spill over to the the F-150.

What you think about the idea of an all-electric Ford F-150? Yay or nay?

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Ford And VW Form Global Automotive Alliance

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Ford, Volkswagen Trucks

The two automakers will focus on trucks, vans and mobility solutions.

Ford and Volkswagen have entered into a global automotive alliance to jointly develop both vehicles in existing market segments and future mobility solutions.

Unlike the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance or other strategic partnership in the industry. neither company will have a financial stake in the other, at least not initially. The partnership was formed solely to mitigate vehicle development costs.

The first programs to benefit will be medium-sized pickup trucks and other commercial vehicles in the European market, with Volkswagen relying on Ford’s expertise in the area. Expect to see their first products to hit the market as early as 2022.

Ford and Volkswagen also signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate collaboration on autonomous vehicles, mobility services and electric vehicles and are already in the process of exploring opportunities.

“Over time, this alliance will help both companies create value and meet the needs of our customers and society,” stated Ford CEO Jim Hackett. “It will not only drive significant efficiencies and help both companies improve their fitness, but also gives us the opportunity to collaborate on shaping the next era of mobility.”

The fact that neither company owns a stake in the other should result in smoother sailing than experienced by Renault and Nisan.

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