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Scottish Government invests £7m for zero emission projects

The Scottish Government is investing £7 million to support zero emission mobility across two new innovation projects.

The Locate facility, which will be based at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) site in Dundee, will receive £4m to support heavy duty vehicle platform testing and innovation, particularly around hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric powertrains.

This project is being developed by the Scottish government in partnership with the Power Networks Demonstration Centre and the Hydrogen Accelerator at the University of St Andrews.

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre, part of the University of Strathclyde, is receiving £3m to focus on the decarbonisation of heavy duty vehicles through battery electrification and charging technology.

Both facilities will be working in partnership “to help lay the foundations for a wider ecosystem of innovation infrastructure”.

The projects have the potential to support other recent initiatives such as the Hydrogen Train demonstrator project led by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Transport Scotland, the University of St Andrews Hydrogen Accelerator and MSIP.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “Working across government, industry and academia, I want to see Scotland at the forefront of the revolution in zero-emission mobility.

“This action supports our world-leading climate targets as we work to eliminate transport emissions – but also helps us secure the benefits for Scottish businesses and industry in being the first to transition to a net-zero economy.”

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