Demo to speed up introduction of low carbon commercial vehicles

Demo to speed up introduction of low carbon commercial vehicles

08 Mar 2012

The government is to run a £9.5 million demonstration programme to encourage road haulage operators in the UK to buy and use low carbon commercial vehicles.

The trial programme – which will be managed by the Technology Strategy Board in partnership with the Department for Transport will help operators establish and run fleets of alternative & dual-fuel heavy-goods vehicles, and electric & hybrid commercial vehicles, by part-funding the difference in capital cost between the traditional vehicles and their low carbon equivalents.  The programme will also part-fund the refuelling/charging point for use by the trial fleet.

The competition is open to businesses of any size and the Technology Strategy Board is actively seeking to engage with small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large operators.  The demonstration trial fleets will be run for two years, during which time usage data will be gathered and analysed by the Department for Transport.  The fleets and the refuelling/charging hubs will remain with the operators after the trial for their continued use.

Each project application must demonstrate the expected benefits that funding would bring through the expected level of carbon reduction, the introduction and use of more low carbon commercial vehicles and refuelling hubs, the substitution of traditional fossil-fuels and support of UK plc manufacturing and operation.

The competition opens on 24 April 2012 and the deadline for registration is 13 June 2012.  Completed applications must then be submitted by 20 June 2012.  A briefing event will be held on 9 May 2012 to highlight the main features of the competition and explain the application process.

Further information about the competition is available at: LCTDT competition

View the press release  here.

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Last updated on Wednesday 14 March 2012 at 16:21

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