Highways England and the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a bid to TRL to conduct a study into zero emission HGV technologies.
It is part of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy, launched in July 2018, which will expand green infrastructure so that as many as 70% of new car sales are ultra low emission by 2030.
The DfT and Highways England are both using the strategy to encourage uptake of vans and trucks with zero emissions too.
The research undertaken by TRL will investigate the solutions that will help to achieve zero emissions for HGVs.
Due to be submitted in February 2019, the study from TRL will also underpin the government’s main freight goals within the Road to Zero Strategy, which is to reduce carbon and air quality emissions significantly from long-haul HGV movements by 2040.
Gavin Bailey, Technical and Business Development Manager for TRL, described this study as “essential.”
He 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 innovation 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 utilise methodologies such as Delphi Panels, in order to establish the technologies that should be taken forward into a full-scale trial.
TRL will identify and then appraise the different zero emission technologies that will help in the fight against climate change and to improve air quality, informed by a scientifically rigorous literature review and range of stakeholder engagement exercises to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the technology options available.