UK Government to fund ‘Electric Road System’ trial on M180 near Scunthorpe

The UK Government has announced £2 million of funding for an ‘Electric Road System’ trial that would see lorries charged via pantographs on a 20km section of the M180 motorway near Scunthorpe.

The trial is part of the government’s plans to decarbonise transport, which also include a trial a hydrogen fuel cell feasibility study. Led by Arcola Energy Ltd, the study will design a possible future trial of hydrogen fuel cell trucks and new refuelling infrastructure in Scotland.

When it comes to the ‘Electric Road System’, or ‘eHighway’, provided that designs are accepted and the constriction work is funded, the trial could begin in 2024, writes the Guardian.

The government says that these projects, along with 4 other successful feasibility studies, aim to prepare for a potential demonstration of zero emission freight technologies at scale on UK roads and will support the rollout of zero emission technologies to decarbonise heavy transport vehicles.

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