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Electric truck test roll-out begins

Gridserve Electric Freightway begins delivering electric trucks, with Hitachi ZeroCarbon reporting on progress towards UK's zero-carbon logistics future.

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Electric trucks are now being delivered as part of the Gridserve Electric Freightway, with the first report on the programme to be published by principal partner Hitachi ZeroCarbon.

Some consortium members will be receiving their first electric heavy goods vehicle (eHGV) orders to put straight into service, while Gridserve is expecting sign-off from a combination of landowners, adjacent business owners, local government and Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to begin the installation of its first eHGV charging depot.

Additionally, Hitachi ZeroCarbon will begin conducting a survey of drivers and fleet managers to compare their perceptions of eHGVs over time, while gathering useful data from their initial operational experience.

James Comer, programme director at Hitachi ZeroCarbon, said:

With the UK Government’s ambitious targets of ending combustion-powered heavy goods vehicles by 2035, and 2040 for heavier vehicles, now is the time to enact meaningful change and deploy the insights that data can provide. This project is the pioneer demonstration for the decarbonisation of the UK’s logistics industry and will tangibly test what a zero-carbon future could look like. We’re proud to provide the unique insight that will stimulate the market to make the move to battery electric trucks and a net zero society.

Electric Freightway is part of the Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator programme. Led by Gridserve, funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, it aims to lay the foundations for the biggest and most advanced eHGV charging network in the world.

The programme currently comprises 33 consortium partner and member companies and works closely with all stakeholders along the value chain to support and promote the decarbonisation of HGVs. Sam Clarke, chief vehicle officer at Gridserve, said:

The decarbonisation of the UK truck fleet is one of the greatest disrupters haulage and logistics have ever seen and we are now well under way through this project to catalyse material change. In Electric Freightway, we’ll push electric HGVs to their limits to establish just what is possible, while highlighting where there is the need for process, technological or policy innovation to enable the transition to electric. This first report enables us to set out all our ambitions, achievements and challenges to date and set the standard for all to follow.

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