UK Deputy Prime Minister unveils key funding to support deployment of ultra low emission vehicles

The Government’s investment of £500 million between 2015 and 2020, whose scheme will be released by autumn 2014, is expected to generate jobs, cut emissions and set the agenda for the industry, for towns and cities, and for drivers, so that Britain remains at the forefront of green technology. The comprehensive package of measures has allocated £4 million to ensure the UK has the natural gas refueling infrastructure HGVs need to serve freight and logistics operators in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their business.

The limited number of publicly accessible natural gas stations, with larger operators favoring their own on-base pumps, has been identified as a significant barrier to the increased uptake of cleaner NGVs. Thus, infrastructure grants supporting the rollout of natural gas and biomethane refueling facilities for HGVs across the UK will give freight operators more confidence to invest in this market-ready low emission technology and enable them to use NGVs even without their own stations.

“So far, there are only a few hundred gas powered HGVs in use in Great Britain. In order to achieve a significant contribution to CO2 reduction, there needs to be a step-change in the scale of fuel usage. Around 192,000 registered HGVs are over 18 tons, which gives an idea of the scale of the potential market for gas HGVs. There are also a further 90,000 vehicles between 8 and 18 tons, where natural gas may be a more feasible low carbon option than electric power,” says the document announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Moreover, Christopher Snelling, head of Urban Logistics at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) stated: “This is a welcome development. We anticipate that the funding package will contribute to increasing the uptake of gas and biomethane HGVs as the current lack of public refueling infrastructure is one of the major factors preventing the market from taking off.”

Source: Government of UK / FTA