Up to £19 million will be made available to support the freight industry’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, Transport Minister Andrew Jones announced on June 30.
The money will help fleets of commercial vehicles access the very latest in innovative low and zero emission vehicle technologies.
The funding will be available for applications from small local delivery firms as well large distribution HGV fleets. Part of the funding will also go towards new alternative fuel infrastructure such as electric vehicle chargepoints. The competition will open for bids in July.
“We are always looking at new ways to make the vehicles on our roads cleaner, and this funding will support the freight industry to embrace the latest technology,” said Transport Minister Andrew Jones. “The UK’s low emission vehicle industry is a huge success story and a source of strength in our economy. Today’s announcement is further proof that the government is leading the way as global demand for these vehicles grows.”
The scheme will be funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.
Speaking at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership annual conference, Andrew Jones also announced a low carbon HGV technology accreditation scheme, which will provide fleet operators with an independent validation of how much fuel they could save by adopting the latest retrofit technologies onto their existing vehicles. Rating the fuel saving potential of different technologies will help speed up their adoption by the industry.