New £200m government pledge to decarbonise HGVs “won’t make any difference”, claims EV manufacturer

 

Frank Thorpe, UK MD of Chinese electric vehicle manufacturing giant BYD, has claimed a new government pledge of GBP200m to help decarbonise UK road freight is not enough to trigger a major transition towards alternatively-fuelled HGVs.

News of the investment came during logistics conference ITT Hub at Farnborough International where transport minister Trudy Harrison announced plans for a three-year comparative programme with initial competitions for battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell technology launching shortly.

The trials could see hundreds more