£2.5m to develop more emission-reducing retrofit technologies

The government has announced £2.5 million funding to increase the range of vehicle retrofit technologies capable of cutting emissions from larger road vehicles already in use to enable them to meet Clean Air Zone and ULEZ requirements.

The funding will support vital testing of new technologies for the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) which has been developed by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and is administered by Energy Saving Trust.

The new funds will help make it possible to develop and test a range of new solutions for large truck operators needing cost-effective retrofit options.

Local councils can already bid for support from the £220 million Clean Air Fund to help fund retrofitting of vehicles with technologies accredited through the CVRAS.

LowCVP’s Managing Director, Andy Eastlake, said: “We need a multi-faceted approach to tackling air pollution. This initiative is an important step to help clean more of the current fleet, whilst we wait for the penetration of ULEVs to increase. Retrofit is a key element of the overall package and will enable innovative solutions to be brought forward which can make a real difference to air quality in the short and medium term.”

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