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What about electric trucks, Scott?

Riley Riley

It costs $117 in diesel for a semi trailer to travel 100km.

To power an electric truck over the same distance is just $18.

Yet of the 54 electric trucks available commercially overseas, just 14 are offered here.

The Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Trucking Association have joined together to urge the Scott Morrison Government to address the situation.

Electrification would assist trucking businesses and supply chains by putting an end to volatile diesel costs, reducing maintenance costs, improving urban efficiency and delivering better conditions for truck drivers.

However, Australia currently lags most of the world in the electrification of trucks, making the need for reform urgent.

It echoes the Government’s lack of support for electric passenger vehicles in which we also trail the world.

The two industry groups are calling on the Government to make urgent reforms:

  • Exempt electric trucks from urban curfews
  • Changes to Australian weight and width limits to accommodate batteries
  • Remove stamp duty from electric trucks

Electric Council CEO Behyad Jafari said every government in Australia has committed to net zero emissions, but this cannot be achieved without decarbonising the transport sector.

“Curfew free operations are a huge opportunity, creating benefits for operators optimising fleet operations and to the community through reducing peak hour traffic and congestion,” he said.

“We need the Government to read these recommendations and get moving fast.

“If we implement them swiftly the benefits to Australian trucking, our economy, and our environment will be truly massive.

“The AdBlue shortage crisis was a potent warning about our extreme fuel insecurity.

“Why should Australia be dependent on China and the Middle East to keep itself moving when we could be using homegrown power?

“Being able to power our supply chains with local electricity is a surely a national sovereignty imperative.”

Australian Trucking Association Chair, David Smith said electric power will be a game changer for the industry.

“It costs about $117 to fuel a diesel truck for 300 kilometres, but just $18 for an electric truck,” he said.

“If Australia gets left behind on the transition to electric and zero emission trucks, we risk our supply chains and exporters getting stuck with high, globally uncompetitive per km freight costs.”

“Trucking operators face a number of barriers to buy and use an electric truck an d these must be addressed to lower freight costs, improve fuel security and reduce emissions.”

 

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