For the longest time, the HGV’s have been one of the main suspects for higher levels of emissions on UK roads. To be brutally honest these accusations are true. While there may be a higher amount of cars on roads compared to HGVs, these cars typically travel a lot less than the HGVs fleets that make up millions that travel over miles that exceed into the billions across the globe each day, it becomes clearer to see how this impact has built up. Here are a few essential ways, as explained by Easy As HGV, in which air pollution derived from HGVs can be decreased.
Introduction of the electric HGVs, such as the models produced by Cummins and Tesla, is definitely regarded as a viable solution to these emissions issues. However, the question remains whether smaller HGV enterprises will be willing to invest in these large amounts into their vehicles when the correct infrastructure which should include electric-charging stations have not yet become the standard in the UK.
While the bigger businesses, like large American based haulage companies such as DHL, have shown a keen interest when it comes to investing in these electric vehicles, the issues surrounding HGV emissions will remain provided the smaller HGV businesses continue to use non-electric versions. For this reason, to deal with issues surrounding emissions as quickly as possible, the government has recently officially announced their backing for an alternative solution.
How Would HGV’s That Are Longer Help?
The idea from the government is pretty simple. This involves the implementation of longer lorries and trailers for HGVs. This logic is based on that the new vehicles which are 15.65m in length that are 2-metres longer compared to maximum sizes of the previous HGVs mean that these vehicles are able to transport an additional 3 -rows of cages or an additional 2 pallet rows. This additional length increases the amounts that the HGVs are able to carry, which ultimately reduces the journey amounts required, which translates into reducing carbon emissions produced from HGVs.
Current estimates have arrived at a decision that if every HGV was replaced with longer vehicles, then approximately 3,000 tonnes of these emissions would be saved in a period of 10 years. They have gone onto raise additional concerns, that these additional lengths could result in safety risks, with the tight and narrow corners of England roads that pose an issue for the standard HGVs. Yet, this particular issue can be tested and watched during a trial phase, which is already underway. To date, there is currently 1,800 of these vehicles on UK roads within this trial phase, and it is expected that more of them will be introduced to the motorways in this year to form a part of the 5-year trial.
Impacts to Expect From the Electric HGVs
This may be rendered as irrelevant by the recent announcement by Tesla on their own electric HGVs, which are expected to be available to the marketplace in the near future. Pollution and emissions are mainly the culprits of fuel that is burned associated with running engines, which is an element that electric engines do not require. The electric vehicles actually produce no emissions. In regard to decreasing air pollution that is caused by the HGVs, the electric vehicles should be seen as the long-term solution. Even though longer HGVs might assist temporarily, the ultimate answer is already here.
The actual length of these vehicles can impact a number of aspects for drivers, that includes the way in which they manoeuvre, navigate off the motorways as well as what routes they need to take. For this reason, if this latest scheme is implemented, most drivers will need to be re-trained on how to handle these larger vehicles.