Transport consultant TRL has won a bid to conduct a joint Highways England/DfT study to appraise the viability of zero emissions HGV technologies.
The project, which will look at a range of technologies including battery and hydrogen fuel cells as well as ‘in-motion’ road charging techniques, is one of the targets within the Government’s Road to Zero report, to significantly reduce carbon and air quality emissions from long-haul HGV movements by 2040.
According to TRL, two-thirds of total emissions can be attributed to the freight sector. Gavin Bailey, TRL’s Technical and Business Development Manager, said: “The study into zero emission HGV technologies will provide an essential first step toward a solution leading to a critical improvement in air quality as well as a significant movement towards the Government’s Road to Zero goals.
“Our review and appraisal of existing technologies will include battery and hydrogen fuel cells and extend to include innovative solutions such as dynamic (in-motion) road charging techniques.
"Overall, the assessment will be framed with regards to the value for money to all relevant stakeholders, including infrastructure operators, freight operators, UK government, and UK Plc.”
The study will establish which technologies should be taken forward into a full-scale trial.
The project is due for completion in February 2019.
Posted on: December 3rd 2018