£28m Government investment to support zero emission heavy duty vehicles in Scotland

Fri 01 July 2022 View all news

The Scottish Government plans to invest £28 million over the next four years to accelerate the manufacturing and deployment of zero emission heavy duty vehicles.

The Zero Emission Mobility Innovation Fund is delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and links to other national funding programmes for manufacturing and supports Scotland’s Mission Zero for transport.

Developed in consultation with industry leaders the new funding aims to encourage collaboration, investment and innovation across the sustainable transport ecosystem.

Transport is Scotland’s largest greenhouse gas emitting sector and the fund aims to drive net zero transport transformation and encourage Scotland’s heavy duty vehicle supply chain businesses to embrace economic opportunities.

Scotland's Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said: “Responding directly to calls from the industry leaders, this funding will help position Scotland at the forefront of zero emission heavy duty vehicle manufacturing.

“Businesses will also be able to benefit from the many clusters of innovation that the Scottish Government has also invested to develop, such as the exciting Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, the LOCATE drive train test facility, the Eden Centre at the University of St Andrews and the Driving the Electric Revolution Scotland Industrialisation Centre.

“Through innovative collaborations between industry, academia and government, exciting spaces to test new ideas and the new ZEMIF fund – Scotland is fast becoming a global destination as part of the green transport revolution.”

The £28m ZEMIF programme will support components and systems, with an initial focus on niche and Heavy Duty Vehicles, as well as the deployment of zero emission technologies. It is split into two component funds:

  • Innovation2Manufacture: up to £5m annual pot to support Scottish manufacturers that have a proof-of-concept ZE vehicle, component or system that is moving towards low-volume manufacturing, together with collaborators such as academic expertise, testing sites, vehicle supply chain stakeholders. Projects could include: developing a new manufacturing process for a zero-emission refuse collection vehicle, new tooling to support fuel cell development for niche light commercial vehicles, a project to test and manufacture transport technology developed at a university innovation centre or test facility.
  • Innovation2Deployment: up to £2m annual pot to support private sector end users (support for public sector fleets is provided through the LCED Switched on Fleets programme) to deliver innovation projects that utilise technology that is new-to, or close-to-market to decarbonise transport. This will initially focus on the deployment of ZE vehicles, components or system, but if successful, may be expanded to include other technologies, so long as projects are Scottish-based and user-led. Example projects include: trialling pre-market deployment of retrofit technology to decarbonise niche vehicles, support the testing and demonstration of pre-market zero emission vehicle by an operator.

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