£200 Million Boost to Rollout of Hundreds More Zero-Emission HGVs

The transition to zero-emission trucks will help improve air quality, create greener jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil imports

Reprinted from the Department of Transportation and Trudy Harrison MP, GOV.UK

  • over £ 200 million invested in launching the world’s largest fleet of zero-emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), accelerating plans to decarbonise road freight
  • plans to remove fossil fuels from trucking will help reduce delivery costs and protect consumers from rising fuel prices in the long run
  • new plans support the government’s world-leading promise made at COP26, which ensures that all new trucks sold in the UK will be zero-emission by 2040

The world’s largest fleet of zero-emission trucks will take to British roads through plans to achieve cleaner air and greener jobs, while helping keep costs down on consumer goods. Transport Minister Trudy Harrison revealed that over £ 200 million in state aid will be injected into a comprehensive zero-emission road freight demonstration program at Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference this morning (12 May 2022).

The 3-year comparative program begins later this year to help decarbonise the UK freight industry with initial competitions on battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology soon to be launched.

This could see hundreds more zero-emission trucks rolled across the country, saving industry money, thanks to the total operating costs of green vehicles that are cheaper than gasoline and diesel equivalents. More efficient deliveries will in turn enable hauliers to keep the price of goods down and protect customers from rising costs.

The transition to zero-emission trucks will also help improve air quality, create greener jobs and meet COP26 promises, while reducing dependence on foreign oil imports. Eliminating fossil fuels from road freight and improving the UK’s energy supply resilience will help protect drivers and businesses from rising global energy prices.

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

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 target, and we are committed to leading globally on road emissions without emissions.

“Our ambitious plans will continue to ensure that food is in stock on the shelves and that goods are delivered, while eliminating fossil fuels from trucks and making our freight sector green forever.”

The demonstrations will help the UK freight sector reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by finding out which zero-emission technologies are best suited for the heaviest road vehicles in the UK.

An open call competition will be launched for manufacturers, energy providers and fleet and infrastructure operators to showcase their green technology on UK roads. This will begin with demonstrations of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

The Communication expands the Ministry of Transport (DfT) successful trials of GBP 20 million zero-emission road freight, which ran last year, provided by Innovate UK.

As part of these trials, commercial vehicle manufacturer Leyland Trucks rolled out 20 DAF battery electric trucks for use by public organizations, including the NHS and local authorities, to support the recording of battery electric trucks, enabling real-time field test vehicle learning to be collected real-time logistics environment.

This project, together with 6 successful feasibility studies, helped to prepare the demonstrations, which will take place on a large scale in the coming years.

Michelle Gardner, Deputy Director – Public Policy, Logistics UK, said:

“Logistics companies are committed to decarbonising their activities, but to ensure a smooth transition, they need clarity on the road to trucks without exhaust emissions. The trials announced today will play a crucial role in identifying the right technological solutions. to help enable this.

“Given the breadth of vehicles used across the logistics sector and the scale of innovation required to reach net zero, Logistics UK is also pleased that the government has launched a consultation to identify potential exceptions to the phase-out date. in 2035. “

During the speech in Farnborough, among industry leaders, Minister Harrison formulated plans to live up to ambitious promises made at COP26 last year that all new trucks sold in the UK will be zero-emission from 2040. This puts the UK on course for to be the fastest G7 country to decarbonize its fleet of road vehicles.

Today, DfT published the full response to a public consultation on phasing-out dates for the sale of new trucks without emissions, confirming the extent of our ambition to eliminate carbon emissions from road freight.

In addition to this, DfT meets its obligation to consult with industry to identify potential exceptions to the 2035 phase-out date for trucks weighing 26 tonnes or less, which may take longer to transition to zero-emission technologies. The call for evidence opened today and will last until July 22, 2022.

These announcements and investments confirm the government’s commitment to eliminating carbon emissions from road freight while supporting economic growth, improving air quality and making UK cities healthier places to live.


 


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