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Registration open for Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial offering up to £24m to develop and trial low emission vehicles or on-vehicle systems

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK have announced increased funding for industry-led research trials and development of low emission vehicles or on-vehicle systems for its low emission freight and logistics trial, that is now open for registrations and application.

Consortia are invited to apply for a share of up to £24 million to develop and trial innovative low emission vehicles or on-vehicle systems that reduce emissions in the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries.

A briefing event for applicants takes place in Solihull tomorrow - Thursday 14 July 2016.


Competition scope

The aim of this competition is to trial or develop low emission vehicles in the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries. The competition has 2 streams.

Stream 1

Funding is offered for industry-led research trials of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technologies. These must reduce real-world emissions compared with MY16 (model year 2016) series production vehicles.

Projects should trial vehicles and on-vehicle technology already developed to a proof of concept level. These must be ready for testing in the real world with vehicle operators. This is to assess the benefits of the technology before commercialisation at fleet scale. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is particularly keen to see technologies that provide zero tailpipe emission miles.

The competition will support small trial fleets of low emission vehicles (HGVs and vans) and their refuelling/charging infrastructure, part-funding both:

  • the difference in capital cost between the traditional series production vehicle and its low emission equivalent and
  • the refuelling/charging point for use by the trial fleet

Trial fleets must run for at least one year and collect usage data throughout that period. A team operating on behalf of OLEV and Innovate UK will analyse this data.

Following the research trials, operators will have first-hand experience of low emission vehicles. They will be able to make informed decisions on future fleet mix in the short to medium term. The ultimate aim is to speed up the adoption of low emission vehicles in these four industries.

The competition is open to all types of UK-based freight and logistics fleets, as well as utilities and emergency vehicles. It is open to all on-vehicle technologies for energy efficiency, for example powertrain, electrification of ancillaries, refrigeration, light-weighting, aerodynamics etc.

The competition is open to all technology areas and methods of reducing emissions. The priorities for this trial are:

  1. technologies for zero tailpipe emissions; for example, an urban HGV with a 10-mile zero emissions range and a low emission range extender
  2. technologies achieving significant reduction of tailpipe CO2e or other emissions
  3. technology achieving significant reduction of CO2e emissions on a Well-to-Wheel basis (ie including fuel/energy storage, production, processing and delivery)

Stream 2

Stream 2 is for projects to develop innovative and disruptive on-vehicle technology, off-vehicle systems or new business models. These must reduce emissions. Projects based on translating technologies from other applications are also in scope.


Dates and deadlines

  • Briefing event for applicants - Thursday 14 July 2016
  • Registration deadline - Noon on Wednesday 12 October 2016
  • Application deadline - Noon on Wednesday 19 October 2016


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