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Government unveils £200 million boost for zero-emission HGVs

The UK government has unveiled a £200 million project to launch the world's largest fleet of zero emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The world’s largest fleet of zero emission HGVs will take to the UK’s roads with more than £200 million of government funding for the extensive zero emission road freight demonstrator programme.

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison revealed the news at the Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference and said that the plans will help to achieve cleaner air and greener jobs.

The three-year comparative programme will begin later this year to help decarbonise the freight industry with competitions for battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology launching shortly.

This could see hundreds more zero-emission HGVs being rolled out to save the industry money, thanks to the overall running costs of green vehicles being cheaper than petrol and diesel equivalents. 

Zero-emission trucks will also help improve air quality

The transition to zero-emission trucks will also help improve air quality, create greener jobs and deliver on COP26 pledges while reducing reliance on imports of foreign oil, the government says.

Eliminating fossil fuels from road freight and improving the country’s energy supply resilience will help to protect drivers and businesses from increasing global energy prices.

The demonstrations will help gather evidence on the future refuelling and recharging infrastructure needed to drive the smooth transition to a zero-emission freight sector by 2050.

‘Freight industry is one of the most efficient in the world’

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “Our road freight industry is one of the most efficient in the world and contributes over £13 billion to the UK economy each year.

“But we must accelerate our journey towards our net zero goals, and we’re committed to leading the way globally on non-zero emission road vehicles.”

She added: “Our ambitious plans will continue to ensure food is stocked on the shelves and goods are supplied while eliminating fossil fuels from HGVs and making our freight sector green for good.

“The demonstrations will help the UK’s freight sector reduce its reliance on fossil fuels by finding which zero emission technologies are best suited to the heaviest road vehicles in the UK.”

Showcase green technology on Britain’s roads

An open-call competition will be launched for manufacturers, energy providers and fleet and infrastructure operators to showcase their green technology on Britain’s roads. 

This will begin with demonstrations of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell HGVs.

The announcement expands the Department for Transport’s successful £20 million zero emission road freight trials which ran last year, delivered by Innovate UK.

As part of these trials, commercial vehicle manufacturer Leyland Trucks delivered 20 DAF battery electric HGVs for use by public sector organisations, including the NHS and local authorities, to support the uptake of battery electric trucks, enabling learning to be gathered from field testing vehicles in a real-world, real-time logistics environment.

This project, along with six successful feasibility studies, helped prepare for the demonstrations, which will take place at scale over the coming years.

The acting deputy director of public policy at Logistics UK, Michelle Gardner, said: “Logistics businesses are committed to decarbonising their operations, but to ensure a smooth transition they need clarity on the path to zero tailpipe emission HGVs.”

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