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Funding awarded to trial for fast-charging electric commercial vehicles

Fast-charging technology said to be available to deliver over 400kW in minutes is to be trialled in the UK with the help of new funding.

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The funds will be used to carry out freight and delivery trials of the Zapinamo technology.

UK startup Zapinamo has secured £2.2m from the Governments Low Emissions Freight Trial scheme, announced by Transport Minister John Hayes last week.

The funds will be used to carry out freight and delivery trials of the firms technology, which uses on/off grid and renewable sources for EV charging. The trials will be supported by Iveco, Farmdrop and the Warwick Manufacturing Group [WMG] part of the University of Warwick and will take place in Bermondsey, South London.

John Hayes said: It is fantastic that ZAPINAMO is willing to explore zero emission technologies, which will help improve air quality and reduce pollution in towns and cities.

“This is yet another important significant step towards this governments commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change. We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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