Half the number of low carbon trucks planned for the government’s two year Low Carbon Truck Trial are already operational, according to the latest report from the Department for Transport (DfT).
A year into the trial in January this year, 175 of the 354 trucks planned to be delivered were on the roads, says the DfT’s Low Carbon Truck and Refuelling Infrastructure Demonstration Trial Evaluation report. The majority of trucks operating under the trial are dual fuel gas tractors.
According to the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the trial is helping to identify the operational challenges of running gas trucks but that the associated costs of converting HGVs and the lack of refuelling facilities are deterring operators from investing.
The report also showed those taking part in the trial were unsure about which technology to choose. Some also said they faced technical challenges when fitting the equipment and found availability of dual fuel trucks to be limited.
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