LowCVP survey seeks evidence from HGV operators to inform DfT's work on low carbon truck development
LowCVP is seeking evidence from HGV operators, on behalf of the government, to inform work on development of next-generation, fuel efficient and low carbon road freight vehicles.
The questions seek operators' views on what proportion of a truck’s distances travelled are typically on city, urban, regional or motorway type roads, and how those proportions vary by size and weight of HGV, as well as info on typical daily and weekly mileages and fuel consumption.
All responses are confidential and the survey deadline is 15 January 2019.
In 2018, the UK Government published its Road to Zero strategy paper for road transport.
One of the commitments was to 'reduce emissions from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and road freight by working with industry to develop an ultra-low emission standard for trucks.'
The intention is that these ULET definitions will help to provide clarity on emissions standards and encourage industry-focused technology development in pursuit of cost-effective, fuel-efficient new vehicles.
In the bus market, such standards (ULEBs) have already been developed and have helped, along with linked financial incentives, to dramatically improve the adoption of next-generation vehicle technologies.
In the car and van markets, ULEV standards have had similar effects and have been used in a variety of ways, e.g. preferential access to urban areas, VED reductions and free parking. It is hoped that ULET standards could be used in a similarly wide variety of ways, in line with overall climate targets.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has tasked the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) with turning this commitment into a set of detailed proposals.
By answering the questions in this survey, HGV operators (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross weight) will help to ensure any such proposals are firmly grounded in operational realities.
Operators will also be ensuring that the standards are designed to deliver the most cost-effective solutions to their businesses, that maximise fuel and emissions savings and make good economic sense.
Four test cycles
Different types of HGV tend to be used in a great variety of different ways, on different types of roads and at different speeds, reflecting the particular tasks they are used for. To mirror this diversity, but without making things too complicated, LowCVP has developed a set of four test cycles for HGVs, as shown in the table below.
The purpose of the survey questions is to seek operators' views on what proportion of a truck’s distances travelled are typically in each of these four duty types, and how those proportions vary by size and weight of HGV.
Existing government statistics suggest, for example, that 2-axle rigid HGVs of below 12 tonnes GVW typically do about 15% of their miles in city centre type operations, 25% in urban delivery and that the other 60% of their miles are split fairly evenly between regional and long haul.
For artics, the same statistics suggest it’s more like 70% of miles on long-haul, 20% on regional delivery and only the remaining 10% split between urban and city-centre operations.
But how well do such estimates align with operators' fleets? This is the question that the LowCVP aims to answer.
It would also like some information on typical daily mileages covered, fuel consumption and how many days per week operators' vehicles are typically used.
The survey is here