Zero Emission Road Freight Trucks Demonstration Competitions

Closing Date: 12/10/2022

UK businesses and research organisations can access grants for R&D projects to demonstrate battery and hydrogen fuel cell trucks, battery electric trucks, and hydrogen fuel cell trucks.

The funding for these competitions is from the Department for Transport (DfT) and Innovate UK (IUK) – part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as part of commitments defined in the November 2020 ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ and in the October 2021 ‘Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener’.

As part of the Zero Emission Road Freight (ZERFT) Demonstration programme, this Innovate UK programme will support the Government’s commitment to end sales of all new, non-zero emission HGVs by 2040 and enable continued cross border freight. The focus is on the largest heavy goods vehicles (HGVs).

The initiative is funding demonstrations across three strands:

  • Zero Emission Road Freight Battery Electric Truck Demonstration – The aim of this strand of the competition is to kick-start the deployment of long haul zero emission HGVs, with a multi-year demonstration of 40-44t battery electric trucks. Including the development of the required business models for scalable deployment and a network of dedicated infrastructure.
  • Zero Emission Road Freight Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Demonstration – The aim of this strand of the competition is to kick-start the deployment of long haul zero emission HGVs, with a multi-year demonstration of 40-44t hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Including the development of the required business models for scalable deployment and a network of dedicated infrastructure.
  • Zero Emission Road Freight Battery and Hydrogen Demonstration – The aim of this strand of the competition is to kick-start the deployment of long haul zero emission HGVs, with a multi-year combined demonstration of 40-44t battery electric trucks and hydrogen fuel cell trucks. Including the development of the required business models for scalable deployment and a network of dedicated infrastructure.
Funding body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Maximum value £98,000,000
Reference ID S24166
Category Engineering and Physical Sciences
Natural Environment
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