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Zero emission road freight strand 1: electric road systems

Automotive & Transport
Project Size:
£500,000 - £2 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 into zero emission road freight. This competition will conduct pre-deployment work for a possible future electric road system demonstration.


This competition specifically focuses on electric road system demonstration feasibility studies – strand 1 (this strand).


Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £2 million
  • start by 1 July 2021
  • end by 31 March 2022


To lead a project your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business of any size
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, RTOs, 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


Academic institutions cannot lead or work alone.


Grant funding is for feasibility projects only.


The aim of this competition is to fund ambitious feasibility studies for a future zero emission road freight demonstration using an electric road system (ERS).


Your study must determine and present the feasibility of a scaled demonstration. You may wish to define and explore multiple scenarios, scales, and locations to suit different funding options. This could include a minimum viable product and an ideal demonstration scenario.


You must ensure that your project engages with stakeholders who are critical to any future deployment. These include Highways England and National Grid.


You must be available to attend 3 meetings over the course of your project. These will be with at least, the DfT and Innovate UK, and possibly other stakeholders.


You may also be required to engage with contractors from Innovate UK and the Department for Transport who are exploring complementary factors associated with the future demonstration.



Your project must:

  • target a solution for 44-tonne trucks
  • consider the truck and battery practicalities when the vehicles are not connected to the electric road system, for example, truck charging at a depot or charging at strategic points within the demonstration area
  • include vehicle parameters to enable the trucks use on UK roads
  • consider factors for international freight such as interoperability with other electric road systems and standards


Your project can propose a fully zero tailpipe emission demonstration.

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