Minister of State in the Department for Transport, and Ross-on-Wye’s MP, Jesse Norman has revealed a £200m government investment aimed at transforming the UK’s road freight sector. This significant financial commitment is part of an ambitious plan to roll out 370 zero-emission trucks and develop green technology through the Freight Innovation Fund. The move aligns with the UK’s broader objective of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
The funding will be allocated to four major projects focused on freight decarbonisation across Great Britain. One of the key initiatives is Electric Freightway, spearheaded by Gridserve. This project is set to showcase up to 140 battery electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) provided by DAF and Volvo. Gridserve will also install up to 220 chargers, 70 per cent of which will be accessible to the public.
Jesse Norman stated, “We’re investing £200m to roll out 370 zero emission trucks, and a further £2.4m to pioneer green tech through the Freight Innovation Fund, as we work closely with the sector to create new jobs, grow the economy and reach net zero by 2050.”