Government fund UK HGV electrification road trial

The UK Government is funding a major trial of long haul electrified trucks powered by overhead wires.

Money will come from a £20m budget set aside for zero emission road freight trials under the government’s recently-announced Transport Decarbonisation Plan. If successful it could see long haul electrified HGVs take to the UK’s major roads by the 2030s.

Truck importer Scania (GB) is part of the nine-month trial, which also includes Siemens Mobility, Costain, The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, ARUP, Milne Research, SPL Powerlines, CI Planning, Box Energi and Possible.

The first eHighway system on a public road was installed in 2016 in Sweden, and then in 2018 in Germany.

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