Project to investigate data sharing for shared truck charging


Welch’s Transport, Syselek and University of Cambridge are working together on a project to enhance the operational efficiency of electric HGV charging.

Delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, the project, called ENROUTE (Efficient Network for Road-freight Optimisation, Utilisation, and Transfer of Energy), aims to address the urgent need for a scalable, efficient solution to support the transition to low-carbon freight operations, focusing on real-time data sharing across the value chain.

Welch’s Transport, Syselek and University of Cambridge are developing a model that not only enhances operational efficiencies but also prioritises environmental sustainability. Their primary goals include mapping the existing landscape to identify opportunities for data sharing, building a robust business case that outlines the economic and environmental benefits.

Innovative strategies are employed to overcome challenges related to commercial sensitivities and privacy concerns using anonymisation techniques and advanced security measures, ensuring that all participant data remains secure and confidential. This initiative aims to make eHGV operations more efficient while supporting the broader industry shift towards sustainable energy use and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

“Through the ENROUTE project, we are setting a new standard in logistics innovation. Our commitment to integrating cutting-edge data-sharing technology not only enhances operational efficiencies but also significantly advances our sustainability goals. At Welch’s Transport, we are excited to lead the way in demonstrating that environmental responsibility and business success go hand in hand in the modern freight and logistics landscape,” said Chris Welch, Managing Director of Welch’s Transport.

The positive impacts of the ENROUTE project extend beyond immediate operational improvements. By proving the effectiveness of their data sharing model, they aim to instil confidence among stakeholders and spur further investments in eHGV technologies and infrastructure. This is expected to catalyse a broader adoption of eco-friendly practices across the freight and logistics sector, aligning with national and global environmental goals.