Electrifying Australia’s trucks, buses, and other heavy duty vehicles
Heavy duty electric vehicles include buses, trucks, and light commercial vehicles like utes and vans. Electric trucks, in particular, offer a significant reduction in emissions when compared to their diesel counterparts, with 1 electric truck equivalent to replacing 42 cars. Heavy duty vehicles make up a quarter of vehicles on Australian roads yet make up over half of road transport emissions.
Electric trucks and buses have lower operating costs, less break-downs due to fewer moving parts, which enhances their reliability compared to trucks with traditional combustion engines. They also offer a potential source of revenue through vehicle to grid options and are considered safer. In addition heavy duty electric vehicles produce significantly less air and noise pollution, leading to better health outcomes for the community.
Australia already produces various types of heavy duty vehicles including various electric models. Adding more buses have additional benefits by reducing private vehicle reliance, and electric buses further cut emissions and pollutants per passenger. Many of these vehicles are already manufactured in Australia, including established brands and startups.
Electric vehicles are safe and durable enough for tough conditions but require robust batteries. Customised batteries from 3ME Technology are used in heavy-duty and specialist applications such as mining and military electric vehicles and equipment.
Ampcontrol thrive on solving complex problems and focus on making net zero a reality. Their DRIFTX all electric vehicle for underground mining and dozens of other innovations and collaborations, have earnt them more than 25 awards in the last 10 years for advanced manufacturing, mining and more.
Batt Mobile Equipment (BME)
BME is helping the mining industry decarbonise with practical electrification solutions for mobile equipment. As an Australian-based, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), BME specialise in mid-sized battery electric mobile equipment such as their 20-ton fully electric mine spec wheel loader.
Electric Mine Consortium
Deploying zero-emissions technology into mine sites is the mission of the Electric Mine Consortium (EMC), which includes Australia-based companies such as 3ME, Zenith Energy and VivoPower.
Based in the Hunter, Janus Electric converts Class 8 Prime Movers from diesel to battery electric with a unique exchangeable battery solution, and manufacture the batteries and charge stations that power the converted trucks. Janus Side Batteries also feed into the grid making them a virtual power plant.
SEA Electric designs and supplies zero-emissions electric power systems for trucks and light commercial vehicles. The company was founded in Australia in 2012 and is now headquartered in the USA with a factory in Dandenong South, Victoria, Australia.
The Cleantech Showcase lists examples of projects that are capable of propelling us towards a prosperous, zero emissions Australia.
This list is not exhaustive and many more comparable projects may exist.
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