Government-backed trials will showcase low carbon commercial vehicles

Published on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 11:55
Written by Scott Buckler

A £23 million demonstration programme that aims to encourage road haulage operators in the UK to buy and use low carbon commercial vehicles is set to receive over £11 million in support from the government

Managed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the demonstration programme will include over 300 low carbon commercial vehicles as part of trials led by thirteen companies.

Freight Minister Mike Penning said, "There has been a great response to this competition from industry and the successful projects bring together a range of partners including fleet operators, vehicle convertors, gas hub providers and universities.

"These trials will reduce CO2 emissions from freight and provide important information from a range of real-life situations that will increase industry confidence in low carbon trucks in the long term."

The government funding will help operators establish and run fleets of alternative and dual-fuel heavy-goods vehicles by meeting part of the difference in capital cost between traditional vehicles and their low carbon equivalents.

Part-funding will also go towards the cost of refuelling infrastructure for use by the trial fleets, including the provision of 11 new publicly accessible gas stations around the country, which will be available for use by other operators.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said, "This trial will enable commercial vehicle operators to showcase alternative-fuel commercial vehicles. It will help to accelerate a wider understanding and acceptance of low carbon vehicle technologies, while enabling the development of alternative fuel infrastructures."

The thirteen demonstrator trials will be led by Ascott Transport Ltd, Brit European Transport Ltd, CNG Services Ltd, G-Volution Ltd, Howard Tenens Associates Ltd, J.B. Wheaton and Sons Ltd, John Lewis Partnership plc, T Baden Hardstaff Ltd, Robert Wiseman Dairies, Tesco plc, The BOC Group and United Biscuits UK Ltd.

Source: ©SMMT

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