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Half of Low Carbon Truck Trial vehicles now on the roads

  • 23 June 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Half the total number of low carbon trucks planned to run under the government’s Low Carbon Truck Trial entered operation during the trial’s first year.

In January 2014 175 of the 354 trucks that are planned to be delivered throughout the two-year trial were on the roads, the latest report commissioned by the Department for Transport said. The majority of those operating under the trial are dual fuel gas tractors.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the trial helps the industry identify the operational challenges of running gas trucks, but said the cost of converting HGVs and the lack of refuelling infrastructure is deterring operators from investing in low carbon technology.

FTA’s climate change policy manager Rachel Dillon said: “The Low Carbon Truck Trial is putting more gas powered HGVs on the road and will also provide much needed provision of public refuelling infrastructure. The use of gas and biomethane will help industry to contribute to national carbon reduction targets and also tackle air pollution.”

The report also said  those taking part in the trial were uncertain about what technology to choose; faced technical challenges when fitting the equipment and found the availability of dual fuel trucks limited.

Among the operators taking part in the trial are Howard Tenens, Wincanton, DHL and Brit European Transport, using fuels such as liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas and used cooking oil. Alternative fuel firms including Gasrec and CNG Services are also taking part.


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