Electric roads a better option for UK freight?
(Source: Siemens eHighway)

Electric roads a better option for UK freight?

HGVs emit a disproportionate amount of CO2 relative to their total miles driven. Lowering those emissions is important.

Summary: A study by the Electric Roads Consortium concluded that a nationwide Electric Road System (ERS) would be the most efficient and fastest way to decarbonise the UK freight sector. An ERS-powered HGV would much less energy than a hydrogen-powered one, generate bigger savings in GHG and create or support thousands of jobs in the UK.

Why this is important: HGVs emit ~ 18% of all road vehicle CO2 emissions in the UK despite only representing 1.2% of the total number of vehicles on the road and 5% of total miles driven.

The big theme: Transportation has the highest reliance on fossil fuels of any sector. Approximately 95% of its energy comes from them. For 45% of countries transport is the largest source of energy related emissions and it is the second largest source for the rest. Changing how we transport ourselves and our goods helps with both climate change and with health and well-being issues and is a rich vein for investment.



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A study by the Electric Roads Consortium concluded that a nationwide Electric Road System (ERS) would be the most efficient and fastest way to decarbonise the UK freight sector, estimating that a national ERS would remove five percent of the UK’s total GHG emissions. An ERS-powered Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) would require three times less energy than a hydrogen-powered one. It would also generate between 10% and 20% bigger savings in GHG between 2025 and 2050 compared with pure battery solutions.

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