Department of Transport invests £2.2m into trial of new technology for charging electric commercial vehicles

The construction industry may soon see an increase in electric commercial fleets after the Department of Transport invested more than £2 million into the trial of new technology for charging commercial vehicles.

Working with WMG at the University of Warwick, Zapinamo has won the £2.2 million funding under the low emissions freight trail (LEFT) scheme to develop the ultra high speed rapid and movable charging technology.

Zapinamo says the technology, which uses on/off grid and renewable sources for EV charging and is capable of delivering over 400kW to charge a vehicle in minutes, is the first in its kind which can meet the demands of electric commercial vehicles with long and demanding duty cycles.

The trials will be carried out by Zapinamo and supported by IVECO, Farmdrop and WMG at the University of Warwick, with the trials taking place in Bermondsey, South London.

Tim Martin, Zapinamo's CEO, said: “This is a great day for Zapinamo, the emerging commercial EV industry and its involvement in electrifying urban freight and logistics."

Transport minister John Hayes added: "This is yet another important significant step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change."

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