Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems modelling helping decarbonise heavy goods vehicles

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Accelerating road freight to Net Zero

Our Road Freight Model assesses low carbon road freight options with detailed and wide-ranging powertrain data and operating profiles to assess fleet implications & infrastructure requirements.

Rather than focus on vehicle weights (like most existing models), we focused on the specific use cases (e.g. long-haul vs. local depot deliveries) to identify the technical specifications needed to achieve zero emissions and the infrastructure that will need to be in place to support the vehicle uptake.

Utilises detailed data on a wide range of powertrains across vehicle categories to assess fleet implications and infrastructure requirements; and capable of linking with our ESME model to understand wider energy system influences:

  • Vehicle data includes vehicle cost (and, where relevant, trailer) and efficiencies
  • Covers multiple vehicle types, powertrain categories, associated fuels and infrastructure
  • Considers existing fleet composition, operator investment time horizon and scrappage rate.

Government

Understanding operators’ decision parameters and behaviours to better inform policy interventions and align operators’ choices with the required deployment of technologies and infrastructure.

Industry

Assessing how policy decisions can support freight operators and  infrastructure roll-out to facilitate carbon-free powertrains.

Case Studies

Road Freight Model

UK Energy Research Centre commissioned Energy Systems Catapult and the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK to explore different pathways for reducing freight emissions from Heavy Goods Vehicles.

With little industry momentum and a severe lack of workable low emission prototype vehicles, the challenge was to develop an accurate and usable modelling tool to provide evidence that encouraged the UK transport sector to embrace cleaner alternatives.

Rather than focus on vehicle weights (like most existing models), we focused on the specific use cases (e.g. long-haul vs. local depot deliveries) to identify the technical specifications needed to achieve zero emissions and the infrastructure that will need to be in place to support the vehicle uptake.

The tool was used to engage the Department for Transport on:

  • Including operators’ decision parameters and behaviours into modelling to better inform policy interventions and align operators’ choices with the required deployment of technologies and infrastructure.
  • Assessing how policy decisions can support freight operators and  infrastructure roll-out to facilitate carbon-free powertrains.

Following project completion, we’ve used the tool to engage with the UK Department of Transport and wider industry to explore how they could benefit from enhanced freight modelling to inform policy making.

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Offering independent whole energy system modelling and analysis to support Government in targeting effective policy decision-making.

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