The future of UK haulage is electric
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The future of UK haulage is electric

The UK Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstrator trial suggests that both on price to buy and operate, battery EVs are likely to be the choice of haulage companies.

Summary: A study looking at real world costs of transitioning road freight transport to zero emissions vehicles suggests that battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are the most likely vehicle that UK haulage companies will switch to from diesel driven (no pun intended) by both initial OEM costs and future operating costs.

Why this is important: In the EU in 2020, road freight transportation accounted for more than 77% of total inland freight transportation.

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.

The details

Summary of a story from Freight Industry Times

Early findings from the UK Zero Emission Road Freight Demonstrator (ZERFD) trial suggest that, based on both the price to buy and operate 'zero emissions' heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), haulage companies are more likely to choose battery electric vehicles (BEVs) over hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), according to Professor David Cebon, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (CSRF). The trial which focused on HGVs in the 40t to 44t gross vehicle weight range, obtained actual quotes from OEMs for what they would charge for different tractor units. For BEVs, the asking price ranges were a little over double the cost of an equivalent diesel unit at £250,000 to £350,000 for units with between 500kWh and 600kWh batteries. However equivalent FCEVs were between £500,000 and £700,000.

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