Speaking today at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership annual conference, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced there will be £19 million of government funding made available through an Innovate UK competition to help commercial vehicles operators test innovative low and zero emission vehicle technologies.
Details of the forthcoming competition will be announced shortly, but will build on the 2012 Low carbon truck trial.
The first opportunity to network and hear directly from Innovate UK about the competition with be at KTN’s Networking & Consortia Building Event at the National Motorcycle Museum, in Solihull near Birmingham 14 July 2016.
Innovate UK will disseminate lessons from the first Low Carbon Truck Demonstration, and be in position to brief on a new round of support for the demonstration of inventive technologies designed to improve energy efficiency, in partnership with operators in real operating conditions.
First low carbon truck trial
The low carbon truck trial, launched in 2012 to support UK road haulage operators in buying and using low carbon heavy goods vehicles, provided £11.3 million funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, via a competition.
initiated a publicly-accessible gas refuelling network in the UK
enabled commercial vehicle operators to trial and learn about alternatively fuelled vehicles
enabled system providers to learn new ways to develop their products
generated evidence to inform government policy and increase industry confidence in the benefits available from low carbon alternative transport.
A resulting map of the UK's gas refuelling facilities is available at gasvehiclehub.org.
Low carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme
Andrew Jones also announced today a low carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme, to provide fleet operators with an independent validation of how much fuel they could save by adopting technologies onto their existing vehicles.
As previewed at the LoCITY Annual Conference 2016, a LowCVP-led project developed a procedure for measuring the operations of trucks and vans used for carrying freight. The procedure enables equipment manufacturers or vehicle operators to conduct tests to validate the impact on fuel consumption and emissions of retrofit technology – such as low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic additions, or engine efficiency technology - under a range of representative operating conditions.
The scheme will provide information on the operational characteristics of the technology, providing practical information to operators on its potential applicability. The test and accreditation scheme is to be focused on proving existing technology in a robust back-to-back comparison under realistic HGV operational scenarios.
Register to network with commercial vehicle operators
According to LowCVP, commercial vehicles have been contributing a rising share of road transport emissions, and now account for over 30% of the CO2 emissions from the sector. While emissions from HGVs are down by around 9% since 1990 (2014 figs), emissions from vans have grown by 48%.
For the forthcoming competition Innovate UK is looking to support technologies addressing a broader range of vehicles than the first trial, and offer increased funding support than four years ago.
To register for the Networking & Consortia Building Event for this competition, sign up via the KTN Eventbrite page: