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.
Programme: Innovate UK
Award: Share of £10 million
Opens: 22nd Mar 2021
Closes: 21st Apr 2021
This is a SBRI competition funded by the Department for Transport and delivered by Innovate UK. It forms part of a £20 million managed programme supporting the transition to zero emission trucks in the UK.
The aim of the competition is to develop an interactive solution to de-risk, aid and encourage fleet operators to convert to battery electric vehicles.
The solution will be used by public and private fleet operators to understand the strengths, weaknesses, and deployment options around commercially available zero emission trucks.
The solution will also identify the needs and challenges around critical supporting infrastructure, vehicle charging and fleet management.
This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition.
The phase 1 project must include data evaluation, test and demonstration involving a minimum of ten battery electric trucks.
The vehicles must be:
The purpose of field testing in a real-world, real-time logistics environment is to improve and validate the approach.
Battery electric trucks must be used where logistics operations would otherwise be using conventionally powered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). The demonstration will act as a case study for others.
Data collected during the project should feed into and validate the identified outputs.
The aim of this competition is to develop one or more innovative, interactive solutions to support the uptake of battery electric trucks. You must identify the costs and considerations around deploying commercially available zero emission trucks. The solution must focus on using battery electric trucks for public and private sector fleet operations.
You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market for your innovative interactive solution. Your proposal must include a plan to commercialise your results and demonstrate how it will be of value to the public sector.
You must create a solution which helps users to understand the strengths and weaknesses of deploying commercially available battery electric zero emission trucks.
Your solution must be an interactive solution which helps users:
Your solution must provide information to help users make decisions about:
This list is not exhaustive.
To make sure the solution is credible, it must be based on learning and data captured from long-term field testing. This must be where goods or freight are moved to satisfy an existing UK public sector logistics requirement which would otherwise use conventionally powered HGVs.
The field testing and demonstration can include trucks with varying specifications but must:
Successful projects must provide data to Innovate UK and the Department for Transport.
Phase 1: Development, deployment, test and evaluation (this phase)
This can include producing the innovative interactive solution, setting up and undertaking field testing with your UK public sector partner, and using learning and data gained to ensure that your solution is reliable and accurate in a real-world real-time logistics environment.
Phase 2: Further field testing and evaluation
This can include further piloting, testing and validation of new or improved solutions in real life operating conditions. Costs awarded to successful projects will be limited to the supply of R&D services to capture and validate the interactive solution through an extended trial.
Innovate UK will not fund projects that cover:
To lead a project, you must:
The public sector body must indicate that it is committed to actively support the development of an interactive solution and undertake a demonstrator trial of at least 10 vehicles along with installation of critical supporting infrastructure on its premises.
Contracts will be awarded to single legal entities only.
If you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can employ specialist consultants or advisers. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
Subject to funding, the Department for Transport may choose to follow phase 1 with support for an extended data collection and demonstration activity for 12 months in phase 2.
A total of up to £10 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.
R&D contracts will be up to £10 million, inclusive of VAT, for each project for up to 10 months. The Department for Transport expects to fund up to 3 projects.
The total funding available for the competition can change. The funders have the right to adjust the provisional funding for the competition.
The contract is completed at the end of the first phase. Any successful organisation is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service.
You can include the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.