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Queensland government welcomes zero emissions heavy vehicles on freight routes

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The Queensland government has announced that heavy electric trucks are set to be adopted by the state’s transport industry as a part of its Zero Emission Heavy Vehicle Network Map.

Heavier electric vehicles will now be allowed on certain freight routes in the state, with an eye on the further distribution and manufacturing of bigger and more powerful electric trucks in the state.

State transport minister Bart Mellish says that the Queensland government is committed to becoming a sustainable transport leader in Australia.

“This announcement will put Queensland on the map as a leader in future electric truck manufacturing,” he says.

“As transport is one of the main contributors to Queensland’s emissions, zero emission heavy vehicles can make a significant contribution to meeting Queensland’s targets to reduce emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

The government says it has undertaken key research to understand the impact that heavier electric vehicles will have on the state’s road infrastructure.

While there are some risks regarding the additional mass of these vehicles – due to their batteries – it says that zero emissions heavy vehicles are the way forward for the state’s energy transition.

Minister for energy Mick de Brenni says a key part of the process was identifying which parts of the road network could best support these vehicles, largely focusing on South-East Queensland currently.

“Without trucks, Australia stops, and so decarbonising the heavy transport sector supports emissions reduction right across the economy in everything from resources to agriculture,” he says.

“I know all Queenslanders will welcome a future of locally manufactured electric trucks, because it means a creating a lasting legacy for the Australian vehicle manufacturing industry.

“The state government is determined to decarbonise Queensland industries, increase Queensland’s manufacturing opportunities, and protect and create good jobs for Queenslanders.”

This will allow electric vehicles with a steer axle mass of up to eight tonnes on freight roads in Queensland.

President and CEO of Volvo Group Australia Martin Merrick says this will allow for the continued production and distribution of Volvo’s heavy electric range in Australia.

“I’d like to thank minister Mellish, minister de Brenni, Queensland TMR and the NHVR for their support and hard work in bringing this regulatory shift into reality,” he says.

”This announcement will allow the full range of Volvo’s electric heavy vehicles to operate on Queensland roads, which is a major win for the people of Queensland.

“We now also have the green light to invest even further in Queensland manufacturing. Last year I announced our intention to build battery electric trucks at our Wacol manufacturing facility, today I can confirm that intention can now be made reality.”

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