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Government to offer low-carbon truck funding

By: Ashley Curtis
26 April 2012

Businesses that use low-carbon trucks are being invited to bid for a share of £9.5 million being invested by the Department for Transport and the Technology Strategy Board.

The Low Carbon Truck Demonstration Trial will offer £750,000 each to firms who wish to deliver carbon savings of at least 15 per cent on their portfolio of trucks, reports e2bpulse.com.

As a result, those doing driver training in the future may find themselves at the wheel of an eco-friendly HGV vehicle rather than a conventional vehicle.

Hopefully, the new trucks may be able to cut down on the amount of emissions let off by these types of vehicles, as the Department of Energy and Climate change noted that transport contributed to 119 megatonnes (Mt) of carbon in 2011.

Mike Penning, transport minister, commented on the trial. Cited by greenwisebusiness.co.uk, he said: "Almost a quarter of carbon from transport in this country comes from heavy goods vehicles, so this is a key area for us to tackle.

"These trials will show us how low carbon technologies perform day-to-day in the real world, providing vital data to build operator confidence in these green trucks and allowing us to make policy choices based on hard evidence," he added.

Firms wishing to take advantage of the funding have until late June to register their interest.

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