A new consortium has been selected in the UK to help kickstart the uptake of zero emission heavy goods vehicles. The eFREIGHT 2030 group ****will receive £49.2 million in government support, which will help unlock an expected £500 million of private investment from consortium members in electric vehicles and charging hubs across the UK by 2030.
Led by Voltempo, developer of the British designed and manufactured electric HGV megawatt charging system, the eFREIGHT 2030 consortium brings together some of the UK’s leading specialist logistics providers, alongside familiar High Street names and a number of leading hauliers, all seeking to lead the way in decarbonising their operations and business sectors.
The consortium will introduce 100 electric HGV 4×2 and 6×2 tractor units, and 32 new charging locations, all of which will have megawatt-charging capacity from day one. As well as the nominated vehicle operators, the consortium includes a number of vehicles to be managed by the vehicle leasing company Vertellus as an extension of its EV Discovery Programme, which enables electric vehicle operation on a subscription basis.
Chairman of the consortium and former secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, Sir Vince Cable, said:
eFREIGHT 2030 will create UK jobs in the industries of the future, as well as unlocking investment into zero emission electric HGVs that meet the pressing need to reduce fossil fuels and improve air quality.