There is nothing like a calamity to clear the mind and it may well be that Australia may be reaching the bushfire tipping point. But don’t hold your breath (although you may need to if you have been in smoky Melbourne this week)! Read more
With unveiling of the Mack LR battery electric vehicle (BEV), the company introcduced fully electric garbage handling by Mack. The new truck combinies the US refuse industry standard design of the Mack LR model with a fully electric Mack drivetrain. The demonstration model will begin real-world testing in 2020 in the operations of the New York City Department of Sanitation. Read more
An announcement by Volvo Trucks this week sees electric trucks heading further up the weight scale. Many efforts so far are in the local distribution field, but longer distances are now being contemplated. Read more
A container hinterland logistics network, Contargo is currently in operation in Germany using electric DAFs for hauling containers. These fully electric field test vehicles collect and deliver containers at the inland Port of Duisburg in Germany. Read more
Queensland transport operator, All Purpose Transport, is now offering an electric truck solution for Ikea and its other customers, with the introduction of an electric delivery vehicle into the fleet. Read more
A couple of recent announcements will see a concentration on the development of fuel cell/electric powertrains for trucks by Hyundai and Cummins. Hyundai has entered into a joint venture to promote a green hydrogen ecosystem in European countries into the future. The Korean company has also recently announced a deal with engine-maker Cummins to combine Hyundai fuel cell technology with the electric powertrain Cummins is developing. Read more
The announcement that Ford are building a 100 per cent electric van using Australian electric technology in the US at the company’s Detroit Chassis Plant, is a major step forward for, Australian electric power specialists, SEA Electric. Read more
The recently announced collaboration between Samsung and Volvo Trucks see the big boys get involved in electric trucks technology. This move adds to the momentum of the development of electric trucks and suggests they will be with us sooner than you think. Read more
There was plenty to see at the Brisbane Truck Show this year including electric trucks, the Reo and Foton, plus Tatra.
WM Waste Management Services’ new electric truck hits Australian streets this week, with the City of Casey the first local council in Victoria to put 100 per cent electric hard waste collection trucks into its rubbish collection service.