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Zero emission road freight strand 2: hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

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 for zero emission road freight. This competition will conduct pre-deployment work for a possible future hydrogen fuel cell truck demonstration.


This competition specifically focuses on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles demonstration – strand 2 (this strand).



Your project must:

  • have total eligible costs between £500,000 and £2 million
  • 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
  • collaborate with other UK registered businesses, academic institutions, charities, not-for-profit, public sector organisations, research organisations or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


To collaborate with the lead, your organisation must:

  • be a UK registered business, academic institution, charity, not-for-profit, public sector organisation or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • carry out its project work in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK


The lead and at least one other organisation must claim funding by entering their costs during the application.


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 of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.


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 deployments. These include Highways England and other relevant infrastructure and refuelling suppliers.


You must be available to attend 3 meetings over the course of your project. These meetings 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:

  • propose a fully zero tailpipe carbon emission demonstration
  • consider hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure
  • use ‘green’ hydrogen produced solely from renewable sources for the trucks
  • use a quantity of trucks which match the scale and ambition of each scenario whilst maximising learning and providing value
  • target a solution for 44-tonne trucks
  • include full costing for the demonstration factoring in any contingency with links to projects risks identified


Your project must deliver an advanced feasibility study on the future deployment of an electric road system for 44 tonne zero emission road freight.

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