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Funds for green trucks

[ April 25, 2012   //   ]

Hauliers are being invited to bid for a slice of a £9.5m invested by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board in a low carbon truck demonstration trial. The scheme will deliver fleets of low-emission heavy goods vehicles as well as supporting infrastructure such as fuelling stations and electric recharging hubs.

Transport minister Mike Penning said: “These trials will show us how low-carbon technologies perform day-to-day in the real world, providing vital data to build operator confidence in these green trucks and allowing us to make policy choices based on hard evidence.

He added that investment in gas refuelling infrastructure will also give haulage firms a push to buy gas-powered HGVs. Gas refuelling infrastructure funded by the competition will be made accessible to other commercial and public-service vehicle operators, helping to build a network around the country.

Companies wishing to take advantage of the funding have until June 20 to bid for up to £750,000 each. Trials will run for two years and data collected over this period will be used to inform Government policy on low-carbon road freight.

To qualify for the competition, vehicles must deliver carbon savings of at least 15% compared with the equivalent conventional vehicle. A variety of technologies are eligible for funding under the rules of the competition including gas-powered, dual fuel or hybrid trucks of over 7.5 tonnes and electric vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.


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