The eFreight 2030 Consortium is a new scheme collaborating with the UK Government to join in their aim to decarbonise the haulage industry with the zero-emission Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) and infrastructure demonstrator programme. The project brings together leading businesses and hauliers to work together, share knowledge and further the cause. Supported by government funding in collaboration with the Department of Transport, eFreight aims to lower the industry's environmental footprint.

The Consortium's initiative includes the introduction of 100 electric HGV 4x2 and 6x2 tractor units and the establishment of 32 new charging locations with megawatt charging capacity. With almost £50 million in government support and an estimated £500 million in expected private investment, the scheme hopes that by 2030 there will be a widescale switch to electric power. By 2035, the entire sector will have switched.

Expect Distribution Ltd, an award-winning logistics company headquartered in Bradford, West Yorkshire, is one of the consortium’s founding members. With over 30 years of experience, Expect Distribution prides itself on its family-run ethos and its commitment to delivering award-winning services. Their approach revolves around customer-centricity, continuous improvement, and innovative solutions tailored to individual logistics needs.

Recognising the challenges posed by economic realities, Expect Distribution is keen to highlight the necessity of collective will and commitment to balancing profitability with environmental responsibility. Andy Taylor, Operations Director of Expect Distribution comments, "The consortium provides a great platform to enable us to share knowledge, best practices, and learnings to ensure the success of the project, which we are fully leveraging to fulfil our sustainability ambitions. The opportunity was too compelling to pass up, allowing us to contribute to this cause while future-proofing our business."

Expect Distribution has joined the list of grant recipients of the zero-emission road freight battery electric truck demonstration. This project will be used to demonstrate the capabilities of battery-electric HGVs, allowing businesses to adopt the battery-electric truck on a wide scale by collecting data to inform future policy decisions and infrastructure choices.

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