Make trucks electric to lift suburban curfews and ease traffic jams, industry says

“We believe that electric and hydrogen fuel cell solutions have a huge role to play in the future of Australian freight and will bring major benefits to our customers and the community,” said Mr Whitehead.

The ATA report, Electric Trucks: Keeping Shelves Stocked in a Net Zero World, said there are vehicle models available today that could be deployed in existing city fleet operations. The association aims for 100% of new truck sales to be electric by 2040.

It calls on the government to financially support the industry and change vehicle standards so that new models designed for key markets in Europe and North America are deemed roadworthy in Australia.

The Volvo Group plans to build electric trucks in Brisbane by 2025 and Australian Vice President Paul Illmer said traffic and health benefits were key market opportunities for the company.

“Electromobility has the potential to transform the way our cities work,” Illmer said.

“You can make deliveries at night without disturbing local residents, which could also reduce traffic congestion during the day. The impact of diesel fumes on the general public is also reduced, making our cities healthier places to live.

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The federal government’s electric vehicle policy focuses on investing in infrastructure to support electric vehicles and switching consumers to new fuels.

Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor ruled out a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles and said imposing sales quotas on vehicle types was similar to a tax on fuel. carbon.

A spokesman for Mr Taylor said the government was enabling consumer choice for consumers and the transport sector.

“Our policy will allow heavy-duty fleet operators to choose the type of technology that best suits their business, without driving up vehicle costs or imposing sneaky carbon taxes,” the spokesperson said.

“We understand the importance of the trucking industry to keep our economy moving. That’s why heavy-duty and long-haul vehicles are one of the four priority areas of the expanded $250 million Future Fuels Fund.

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Electric Vehicle Council chief Behyad Jafari said all Australian governments are committed to net zero emissions and the transport sector must be decarbonized to achieve this.

“Curfew-free operations are a huge opportunity, creating benefits for operators optimizing fleet operations and for the community by reducing peak hour traffic and congestion,” Mr. Jafari said.

Linfox chief executive Mark Mazurek said electric trucks were key to the company’s ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that it had started testing electric trucks in major cities.

“In partnership with our customers and suppliers, we are investing heavily in the trial of renewable energy-charged electric vehicles in pursuit of carbon-neutral transportation,” Mazurek said. “By March this year, Linfox will have six electric trucks on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney.”

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