Transport Minister John Hayes announced the winners of a £20 million funding in Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial, under which vehicles will run on natural gas or hydrogen dual-fuel, among other clean fuel technologies, to cut emissions and improve air quality. The funding, announced at the Sustainable Road Transport Conference, in central London, is being given to 20 firms who set out plans for innovative ways to deploy low and zero emission vehicles.
The freight industry accounts for about 30% of the UK’s CO2 transport emissions and the money will help fleets get their new vehicles on the roads from mid-2017 onwards. The funding is being delivered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK, and the aim of the competition is to demonstrate new technologies and to encourage the widespread introduction of low and zero emission vehicles to UK fleets.
Minister Hayes said: “Each one of these successful projects will help cut vehicle emissions, improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities. This is yet another important step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change. We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”
Air Liquide Group receives the largest amount of funding – £2.57 million – for its project trialing biogas in 86 trucks ranging from 26 tons to 44 tons. A partnership led by ULEMco from Liverpool receives £1.31 million to carry out trials using innovative hydrogen dual-fuel technology in nine vehicles. G-volution Plc gets £820,000 to demonstrate 15 dual fuel (diesel/methane) road vehicles. Kuehne + Nagel Ltd receives £1.05 for the trial of both dedicated gas and direct injection dual-fuel methane/diesel trucks (the trucks will refuel with liquid biomethane). CNG Fuels Limited receives £1.96 to trial a significantly sized fleet of dedicated gas HGVs to demonstrate their suitability for large scale roll-out.
Source: UK Department for Transport