Kuehne+Nagel UK is partnering with the UK Government’s £200 million ‘Zero Emission HGV and Infrastructure Demonstrator Programme. Their involvement aims to help the UK achieve its net-zero goals by transitioning heavy goods vehicles to emissions-free operations.
In collaboration with Innovate UK, this initiative will bring about roughly 370 zero-emission trucks and approximately 57 refueling and electric charging sites via four consortiums, playing a vital role in decarbonizing the UK’s haulage sector.
Kuehne+Nagel UK and its haulier partners are actively engaged in two significant consortiums. Electric Freightway, led by GRIDSERVE, plans to deploy a fleet of eHGVs on UK roads, supported by a new charging infrastructure network. This initiative is set to establish the world’s most extensive and advanced eHGV charging network, transforming how goods are transported and aligning with the UK’s commitment to zero-emission HGVs by 2040.
eFREIGHT 2030, led by Voltempo, will introduce 32 new charging locations with megawatt-charging capacity, powering eHGVs and innovative ‘e-trailers’ using AI technology. The project also includes the provision of eHGVs for small and medium-sized British hauliers within Kuehne+Nagel’s supply chain.
Feedback and data from these demonstrations will be collected between 2025 and 2030. This ongoing data collection will play a crucial role in supporting the transition to electrified fleets and boosting operator and customer confidence, all in line with the UK’s zero-emission objectives.
Brian Cox, Managing Director of Kuehne+Nagel UK, stated, “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with leading infrastructure providers in two pioneering projects. These initiatives will not only boost operator confidence but also advance industry understanding of eHGVs and their infrastructure within the UK’s crucial freight corridors. This achievement reflects our commitment to driving low and zero-carbon logistics and transportation solutions.”