UK invests £200 million to decarbonise freight vehicles

The UK Government is hoping a £200 million boost to the freight sector will drive innovation and get more zero emission trucks on roads.

With Heavy Goods Vehicles HGVs alone contributing 20 per cent to all transport emissions across the UK, the funding will be invested across four innovative green projects to roll out up to 370 zero emission HGVs and help set road freight on the path towards net zero.

Delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the initiative will also provide infrastructure by delivering approximately 57 refuelling and electric charging sites.

“The £200 million commitment ministers are putting into this demonstrator significantly helps to de-risk the transition to net zero,” said Managing Director of the Road Haulage Association, Richard Smith.

“The real-world demonstrators will answer many of the practical questions operators have and, in turn, give our members the confidence to invest in the zero emission lorries needed to drive down carbon emissions from our sector.”

The funding will help popular grocery companies such as Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer lower their transport emissions while protecting them from rising delivery costs associated with changing petrol and diesel prices.

Further to Voltempo, the other projects that will receive a share of the £200 million boost are Project Electric Freightway by GRIDSERVE, Project Zero Emission North (ZEN) Freight and Hydrogen Aggregated Logistics (HyHAUL) by Protium.

In other news, TIP Group has acquired Botlek Trailer Services, one of Rotterdam’s oldest family-owned transport companies founded in 1945.

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