BBC MegaHertz

newsgathering vehicle



The BBC have recognized that running diesel-powered broadcast trucks into city centres is becoming increasingly untenable. Broadcasters have their own environmental responsibilities, and cities are increasingly imposing heavy penalties on particulate-emitting diesel vehicles, and the BBC are committed to transition to environmental sustainability in their work. As such, MegaHertz was approached by the BBC to provide the right functionality for an all-electric news vehicle to operate in an urban environment.

The system

The simple brief for the system was: Lightweight : Reliable : Flexible. This mission was delivered through the CombiMaster supplying the required onboard AC power required whilst also offering efficient battery charging if the vehicle is able to be connected to a land line, by adding the new Euro 5/6 Mac Plus DC-DC charger. Additionally, the system can also utilise power from the main vehicle drive battery system into the auxiliary battery powering the onboard system, if extended broadcast time is required. All the main items are linked together on the MasterBus communication platform, so all information is relayed back to a simple, intuitive colour touchscreen control panel for easy monitoring.

The Engineers Choice

Mastervolt’s distributor in the UK, Fischer Panda, undertook the system design and installation with MegaHertz. This vehicle has been delivered to the BBC and underwent a successful 6 month trial with BBC News, based in London, aiding the broadcaster to achieve its sustainability goals.

Your benefits

  • Fully electric, zero emissions
  • Single charging connector for traction and auxiliary batteries
  • Self-contained implementation for full warranty/support of vehicle manufacturer
  • 200 km range
  • Autonomy 8 hours
  • Transfer charge from traction to auxiliary batteries
  • Technology applicable to alternative electric vehicles
  • User-selectable split charging
  • Lightweight design to meet reduced payload available on all-electric vehicles

Customer comment

“We chose Mastervolt equipment to provide power for the technical side of the vehicle, due to their intelligent monitoring system and lightweight lithium batteries; their equipment has proven reliability and never let us down.”
Steve Burgess, CTO at MegaHertz, United Kingdom