Operators Unite to Give Logistics Sector a JOLT

May 2nd, 2024, London – Electric heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are to be trialled across the UK in a new programme to help freight operators decarbonise their fleet

Called Project JOLT – standing for Joint Operator Logistics Trial – the programme is led by The Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) and involves partners including John Lewis Partnership, Volvo Trucks UK, and Flexible Power Systems, a software company specialising in fleet management optimisation software for electric vehicles.

The trial will pool operations and technical data from a fleet of rigid and articulated eHGVs being used across a wide range of 3PL, retailer and manufacturer use cases.

Project Jolt will provide shared access to a fleet of electric vehicles and mobile chargers which can be used by each partner for the purpose of carrying out a pre-agreed sequence of partner trials. High resolution operational data will be collected during each trial period and then analysed, anonymised, and shared with all partners as part of a managed collective learning process. All shared data will be subject to the provisions of a Data Confidentiality Agreement which will be agreed between all partners before the work starts.

The objective is to develop the knowledge and models needed to de-risk electric freight operations and inform investment decisions. The participating fleet operators will share their learning experiences in a pre-competitive environment to develop a clear understanding of how electric vehicles and charging infrastructure can be deployed most effectively to serve their business needs.

The trial is open to all HGV operators becoming involved by accessing a shared vehicle fleet supplied by OEMs or sharing data from their own vehicles.

Parties interested in joining the Project JOLT scheme should email SRF on vl270@cam.ac.uk or call Guy Grange at FPS on 01342 360240.

Download the Prospectus here

JOLT Press Release – 2nd May 2024