Scottish Wholesale Association takes part in sustainable truck trial

The Scottish Wholesale Association has joined forces with Arcola Energy to identify the business case for fuel cell technology in the UK’s transition to zero-emission road freight.

The Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Freight Trial (SHyFT) aims to help develop solutions to support the uptake of zero-emission trucks. Its learnings from field testing battery-electric vehicles in a real-world environment and from undertaking feasibility studies will help to design and develop cost-effective, zero-emission heavy goods vehicles and their refuelling infrastructure in the UK.

The trial will assess the opportunity for zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles with freight operators who are looking to decarbonise operations in emission-sensitive sectors such wholesale food and drink logistics – including cold chain.

The SHyFT will see Arcola deliver a demonstrator by modelling and integrating the early adopter vehicle requirements into a trial concept design and vehicle development programme. A future trial could involve a test fleet of 20-30 trucks, using three existing refuellers and adding new installations during the trial. The project will also include a total cost of ownership analysis to help operators evaluate sustainability.

Project partners also include NewCold; the University of St Andrews; BOC; and Scottish Power.

Colin Smith, chief executive of the Scottish Wholesale Association, said: “SWA’s involvement in the SHyFT project puts our sector and members at the forefront of the creation of greener fleets and creates a huge opportunity for members to be the first to transition to fuel cell HGVs.”

The SWA is hosting a webinar titled “SWA Fleet Decarbonisation Results & The Hydrogen Opportunities” on 26 August from 2.30pm to 4pm. Speakers include Arcola Energy, giving more detail about the SHyFT project; Scottish Power’s hydrogen director Barry Carruthers; and ULEMCo’s managing director Amanda Lyne.