Drones win government funding for greener freight

The government has awarded £1.2 million in funding to nine innovative freight projects which aim to reduce emissions

Drones will be used to deliver packages on remote Scottish islands as part of nine freight projects which have been awarded £1.2 million in government funding.

The first winners of the Freight Innovation Fund (FIF), backed by £7 million overall, have been announced today and could help create cleaner ways of delivering freight around the country.

This could lead to reduced emissions and better delivery services in hard-to-reach parts of the UK.

The winners include Skyports Deliveries, which will use drones to improve island-to-island connectivity in the Orkney Islands and Electric Assisted Vehicles, which is developing a four-wheel, electrically assisted lightweight delivery vehicle to help reduce road emissions.

The fund is one part of the government’s Future of Freight plan launched last year, setting a strategy to work closely with industry to deliver a “world-class freight system”, which supports economic growth and builds on the measures already taken to tackle the global heavy goods vehicle driver shortage.

Roads Minister Richard Holden said: “Whether it’s drones for deliveries on remote islands or zero emission buggies – we want to invest in future technology that could transform how we move goods around the country while reducing emissions and traffic and creating skilled jobs.”

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