Government awards £1.3m funding for hydrogen fuelled vehicle trial

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

ULEMCo has been awarded £1.3million in Government funding to trial large vans and trucks with hydrogen dual-fuel technology. The overall aim of the £20m programme announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), is to cut emissions and improve air quality through the use of cleaner fuel and electric vehicles.

“We are delighted to receive another vote of confidence in hydrogen dual fuel vehicles and their potential to deliver cleaner air for our towns and cities”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “The diversity of application and partners in this project will really help to show how hydrogen dual-fuel can become a practical solution for a wide range of fleet operations.”

ULEMCo is one of a small number of firms that set out plans for innovative ways to deploy low and ultra-low emission vehicles. The freight industry accounts for about 30% of the UK’s CO2 transport emissions, and the money will help fleets get their new vehicles on the roads from mid-2017 onwards.

“This is yet another important significant step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change,” said Transport Minister John Hayes. “We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”

The latest funding from the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial Fund is being delivered by OLEV and Innovate UK, with the aim of demonstrating new technologies, and to encourage the widespread introduction of low and zero emission vehicles to UK fleets.

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