In an Australian first, the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have collaborated to develop the policies necessary to increase uptake of electric trucks.
Electrification would assist trucking businesses and supply chains by ending 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. Of the 58 electric truck models available in North America, Europe, and China only 14 are available to the Australian market.
Key recommendations from the new ATA/EVC policy agreement include exempting electric trucks from urban curfews, changing Australian weight and width limits to accommodate batteries, investing in recharging infrastructure and implementing an upfront purchase incentive.