TRL wins Zero Emissions HGV Technologies review
Added: 12 December 2018
The Transport Research Laboratory has won the Highways England and Department for Transport bid to conduct a study into zero emission HGV technologies as part of the Government’s wider Road to Zero strategy.
Due for completion in February 2019, the project will underpin one of the Road To Zero’s main freight goals, to significantly reduce carbon and air quality emissions from long-haul HGV movements by 2040.
TRL’s role will be to identify and appraise the potential zero emission HGV technologies that can potentially make a positive effect on climate change and air quality. Alongside this, TRL will be undertaking a programme to identify recommended research and development activities, including full-scale demonstrators for the technologies. The final project report will identify the activities required by external stakeholders.
Reducing the level of emissions generated by the road haulage sector is a major target for the UK. A recorded 17.1 billion tonnes of cargo travels on Britain’s motorways and A roads per annum, which contributes in major part to high levels of Carbon Oxides, Nitrogen Oxide and particulates.
Although the strategic road network represents just 2% of all roads in England, it carries 66% of all HGVs and takes the majority impact of the growing demand for road cargo. As a proportion of total emissions, a significant two-thirds is attributed to freight.
“The study 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,” explained Gavin Bailey, Technical & Business Development Manager for TRL. “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.”