Dynamon joins £63m UK Govt electric truck test

Exciting News for the ‘Net Zero Club News Network’ readers! Fleet technology specialist Dynamon is at the forefront of a ground-breaking £63 million Government-backed trial that aims to push electric Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) to their limits, demonstrating their effectiveness and feasibility within logistics fleets.

The eFREIGHT 2030 project, described as the most ambitious trial of its kind to date by Dynamon, seeks to showcase the capabilities of electric HGVs in real-world scenarios. The project aims to prove the business case for their integration into fleets by showcasing their performance in roles typically handled by diesel trucks. Moreover, the initiative aims to establish a network of 1MW eHGV charging hubs across the country, enhancing accessibility and infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Funded by the Department for Transport in collaboration with Innovate UK, the £63 million trial brings together a consortium of prominent fleet operators, including Expect Distribution, Kuehne+Nagel, Maritime Transport, Menzies Distribution, Welch’s Transport, and Wincanton Group, alongside retailer Marks & Spencer. Noteworthy vehicle manufacturers such as DAF Trucks, Renault Trucks, and Scania Trucks, as well as charging infrastructure providers Voltempo Group and Fleete Group, are also part of this transformative project.

At the heart of this monumental trial is Dynamon, providing the software that will enable all partners to strategically implement the necessary components over the next 18 months before the on-the-road trials commence. This includes installing charge points, selecting suitable tractors and trailers, planning efficient routes, and identifying appropriate work schedules.

The trial is set to showcase zero-emission trucks in frontline roles, with Dynamon’s CEO Angus Webb expressing confidence in the company’s ZERO software, ensuring that operators can seamlessly transition to e-HGVs. The aim is not just to replace diesel trucks but to do so while maintaining operational, cost, and scheduling efficiencies.

Webb emphasises that the trial involves rigorous testing of electric HGVs in demanding environments to demonstrate their reliability and performance under pressure. This includes pushing these vehicles to their limits daily to assess their capabilities thoroughly.

As the project progresses towards a full roll-out of e-HGVs in 2026, Dynamon will collaborate with partners to model various scenarios and infrastructure requirements. Some electric trucks will be introduced in a soft launch phase over the next 18 months to gather invaluable data and insights.

Webb highlights the importance of meticulous planning to address infrastructure challenges, ensuring that every effort is maximised. Identifying suitable sites for charging hubs and depots is crucial to the success of the project, given the time-sensitive nature of electrification requirements.

The ZERO software provided by Dynamon plays a pivotal role in facilitating this planning process, offering partners the tools to maximise the performance of electric trucks and demonstrate the feasibility of decarbonisation and electrification within the HGV freight sector.

With the project gaining momentum and promising results, it is evident that the future of transportation is electric. By 2026, significant numbers of zero-emission trucks are expected to be operational on UK roads, marking a significant step towards sustainable and greener logistics operations.

Stay tuned for more updates on this groundbreaking initiative, spearheaded by Dynamon, as they continue to pave the way towards a zero-emission future. Image courtesy of Dynamon.

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