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SBRI Zero emission road freight, supporting uptake of battery electric trucks

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
Up to £10 million


The Department for Transport (DfT) will work with Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £10 million in innovation projects.


This investment is for advanced feasibility studies and industrial research in supply chain technology.


Your project can be for the future use of zero emission trucks, including battery electric trucks, hydrogen fuel cell trucks, or trucks which will be operated on an electric road system.


This competition specifically focuses on supply chain technology – strand 3 (this strand).



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £100,000 and £250,000.
  • start by 01 July 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size or a research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, RTO, research organisations, public sector organisations or charities
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


If the lead organisation is an RTO it must collaborate with two businesses.

Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


Innovate UK will fund feasibility projects and industrial research projects as part of this competition.


The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious industry-led research into supply chain technology for zero emission capable freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and the supporting infrastructure.


Your proposal must:

  • address the challenges associated with the transition to zero emission road freight
  • define a solution to the technical challenges to developing or operating zero emission trucks


At the end of the feasibility study or industrial research, your project must have reached one of the following stages:

  • be ready to continue in future R&D competitions
  • be able to raise private sector investment to take the project outcome to market


Your project can:

  • address well to wheel (life cycle) savings for HGVs
  • consider any use-cycles, including urban, regional and trunking
  • be for future use on zero emission trucks, including electric trucks, hydrogen fuel cell trucks or trucks which will be operated on an electric road system



Your project can focus on one or more of the following to address the challenges associated with the transition to zero emission road freight:

  • power electronics, machines and drives
  • energy storage and energy management
  • lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • infrastructure for hydrogen refuelling and electric road systems
  • highly disruptive zero emission technologies
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