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Truck trials to drive down carbon from freight

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Trials of carbon-cutting trucks are set for support from government.

Trials of carbon-cutting trucks are set for support from government, Transport Minister Mike Penning has announced.

Industry trials will benefit from £9.5 million invested by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.

Truck operators are now being invited to bid for a slice of this funding as part of a competition which opens today, April 24.

The ‘Low carbon truck demonstration trial’ will deliver fleets of low-emission heavy goods vehicles as well as supporting infrastructure such as fuelling stations and electric recharging hubs.

Mike Penning said:

This competition will help drive down emissions from trucks.

Almost a quarter of carbon from transport in this country comes from heavy goods vehicles, so this is a key area for us to tackle.

These trials will show us how low-carbon technologies perform day-to-day in the real world, providing vital data to build operator confidence in these green trucks and allowing us to make policy choices based on hard evidence.

The investment in gas refuelling infrastructure will also give haulage firms a push to buy gas-powered HGVs - leaving a legacy that will support low-carbon transport well into the future.

Companies wishing to take advantage of the funding have until June 20 to bid for up to £750,000 each.

Trials will run for 2 years and data collected over this period will be used to inform government policy on low-carbon road freight.

To qualify for the competition, vehicles must deliver carbon savings of at least 15% compared with the equivalent conventional vehicle. A variety of technologies are eligible for funding under the rules of the competition including gas-powered, dual fuel or hybrid trucks of over 7.5 tonnes and electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.

Gas refuelling infrastructure funded by the competition will be made accessible to other commercial and public-service vehicle operators, helping to build a network around the country.

Notes to editors

Details of the competition can be found online

Key dates:

  • competition opens: 24 April 2012
  • competition briefing event: 09 May 2012
  • deadline for registration: noon 13 June 2012
  • deadline for receipt of full applications: noon 20 June 2012
  • successful consortia projects informed: early August 2012

The competition does not cover refuse collection, utility, off-road, agricultural vehicles or public service vehicles such as buses, though these vehicles may use refuelling facilities provided through competition funding.

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