Low Carbon Truck Trial

Next stage - Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial (LEFLT)

With the Low Carbon Truck Trial (LCTT) complete and the final trial report having been released as of December 2016 - follow link for the LCTT Final Report, Innovate UK has announced a new trial as a follow on from the LCTT.

Innovate UK will fund industry-led research trials of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technologies, where the purpose is to reduce real-world emissions compared with type 2016 model year series production vehicles. They will support small trial fleets of low emission vehicles (HGVs and vans) and their refueling/charging infrastructure. The trial has an allocated £24 million to fund innovation projects in this competition.

Applications for the competition have now closed, winning consortiums are expected to be announced in Q1 2017.

Complete - Low Carbon Truck and Refueling Infrastructure Demonstration Trial (LCTT)

The now concluded Low Carbon Truck Trial was co-funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

The trial had been provided £11.3m by the Government and £12.1m by industry participants to create a £23.4m pilot to pump prime procurement of low carbon trucks and their supporting infrastructure and aim to:

  • Initiate a publically-accessible gas refueling network in the UK
  • Enable commercial vehicle operators to trial and learn about alternatively fueled vehicles
  • Enable system providers to learn new ways to develop their products
  • Generate a body of evidence to inform government policy and increase industry confidence in the benefits available from low carbon alternative transport

Additionally, industry participants have invested £12.1m to create a £23.4m trial.

As of September 2016 the trial had deployed:

  • 12 Consortia 
  • 35 participating companies
  • 380 low carbon trucks
  • 364 dual fuel trucks
  • 6 dedicated gas trucks
  • 10 used cooking oil trucks
  • 341 trucks still on the road
  • 25 new or upgraded refueling stations

As of July 2016 the trial had delivered:

  • 65 million km driven
  • An average annual distance per truck of 170,000 km (14,000 km per month or 3,300 km per week), ranging from 70,000 to 320,000 km per annum
  • 13 million litres of diesel consumed
  • 4,300 tonnes of LNG consumed, with a 5% bio-content
  • 2,553 tonnes of CNG consumed, with a 5% bio-content
  • 380 tonnes of UCO consumed, with a 100% bio-content

More detailed information about each consortia project is available in the project links on the right.

Please visit our Resource Centre for more details on the Low Carbon Truck Trial reports.