SBRI Zero emission road freight, supporting the uptake of battery electric trucks

Organisations can apply for a share of £10 million, inclusive of VAT, to provide an innovative solution to enable fleets to switch to battery electric trucks. interested? Feel free to contact us!


Competition closes: 21 April 2021, 11am

Applicants notified: 20 May 2021

Project start date & duration: 01 July 2021; up to 10 months


Proposals must:

  • demonstrate a credible and practical route to market for your innovative interactive solution.
  • include a plan to commercialise your results and demonstrate how it will be of value to the public sector.
  • must create a solution which helps users to understand the strengths and weaknesses of deploying commercially available battery electric zero emission trucks.
  • must be an interactive solution which helps users:
  • gain an understanding of the economic and practical feasibility of the technology
  • de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery electric vehicles
  • must provide information to help users make decisions about:
  • how to identify an appropriate technical specification for battery electric trucks
  • the ‘total cost of ownership’ approach and financing
  • how operations and duty cycles might influence vehicle selection
  • what to expect in terms of vehicle use and system performance
  • what critical supporting infrastructure is required to support a fleet, including costs
  • options for vehicle charging, including the use of rapid charging which would enable trucks to routinely operate in excess of their rated range
  • training requirements for organisations
  • electric vehicle specific aspects of fleet management, repair, and maintenance

The field testing and demonstration can include trucks with varying specifications but must:

  • be capable of ultra-rapid charging (≥100kW)
  • have an estimated single charge range of more than 90 miles or 140 kilometres
  • have a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 16 to 29 tonnes.

Projects that will not be funded

  • commercial development activities such as quantity production
  • supply to establish commercial viability or to recover R&D costs
  • integration, customisation or incremental adaptations and improvements to existing products or processes
  • generation of a tool or model with an excessive software focus, including where the intent is to produce an app, or model hypothetical scenarios
  • demonstrations which use hybrid or range extender technology, or any other technology which produces tailpipe emissions.
  • demonstrations which use hydrogen fuel cell vehicles or hydrogen internal combustion vehicles.
  • projects which focus on niche vehicle applications such as refuse collection or gritter trucks


  • Lead must be a UK registered company, academic, research public, third sector or community organisation


  • For R&D contracts up to £10Mn in Phase 1

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