Carbon-cutting trucks trial gains government backing

24th April 2012

Transport minister Mike Penning has pledged £9.5 million towards new trials of trucks designed to reduce carbon emissions on the UK road network.

The low carbon truck demonstration trial is set to deliver a new fleet of low-emission heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), along with new fuelling stations and electric recharging hubs.

If successful, the trial could usher in major changes for fleet drivers up and down the country, with any reduction in emissions likely to stem from a reduction in fuel consumption and overall driving costs.

This could help ease the pressure on haulage firms that already face mounting MOT costs along with expenditure on tyres and other vehicle parts.

The Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board have provided the new grant, with truck operators invited to bid for part of the funding.

Mr Penning said: "Almost a quarter of carbon from transport in this country comes from heavy goods vehicles, so this is a key area for us to tackle.

"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”.

Companies wishing to take advantage of funding have until June 20th.

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