Zero-emission trucks trial to begin

Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies, has announced logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel will trial the effectiveness of zero emission-capable trucks and refrigeration units on its urban delivery routes.

Funded in part by Innovate UK’s low-emission freight and logistics project, the Temperature-controlled Range-extenders and Integrated Urban Mapping of Pollution (TRIUMPH) trial will see one of the UK’s largest fleet operators trial the effectiveness of low carbon vehicles transporting a mix of ambient, chilled, and frozen produce to Whitbread hospitality brands such as Costa and Premier Inn.

Kuehne + Nagel’s temperature-controlled transport (TCT) routes will now include four fully electric lorries, two range-extended electric vehicles (REEVs), and two liquid nitrogen-cooled refrigeration vehicles. The trial is the first of its kind to provide real-world performance data to make the business case for investment in zero emission-capable trucks and zero-emission TCT.

The project aims to inject low carbon technology into the UK’s logistics industry, which accounts for 17% of all road-transport emissions. Working in partnership, Cenex will manage data collection and mapping for the trial, while Microlise develops a supporting telemetry system, and Tevva develops a 14t REEV and zero-emission running strategies for REEVs based on the real-time air-quality measurements provided by EarthSense.

Finally, Emissions Analytics will be responsible for measuring trial vehicles’ emissions and range capability performance in real-world conditions. Findings will be shared with UK logistics operators, and used to encourage the industry to invest in low carbon technology for the delivery of food and perishable goods.

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