Today’s the day when trucking people from around Australia can finally get together at Brisbane Truck Show 2021, as the event kicks off in the Brisbane Convention Centre. Luckily, all of the borders remain open, despite a few scares in the last couple of weeks. There are even some visitors from New Zealand at the event.
One of the noticeable differences this time around, apart from a few big brands not in attendance, is the number of stands belonging to businesses spruiking electric powered trucks. There is the SEA Electric stand with trucks from light duty through to heavy duty and the first new SKD SEA branded truck out of the company’s Melbourne production facility.
Also on show are EV Automotive with an electric powered van and minibus from China. There was also the reappearance of JAC Trucks and Jason Pecotec, this time as an electric light duty truck from China for our market. The Daimler Trucks display includes a Fuso eCanter, which has now been released to the market. Janus Electric is demonstrating its novel battery swapping system.
As usual the Paccar stand dominates one end of the main display area and alongside the state of the art modern trucks, like the Kenworth T610 and T410, the DAF XF and LF, plus the an old favourite like the K200, there is also the latest legend to be released, this time its the Legend SAR, with the traditional shape which made its name, but without a screaming Detroit under the bonnet.
Daimler are here with a comprehensive selection of models across the three brands, Freightliner, Mercedes Benz and Fuso. The stand includes the previously mentioned eCanter as well as a heavy Benz which has completed a strenuous tour of Australia, with all of its running data on display.
The atmosphere is somewhat subdued, it has been a difficult year, but the show is putting on a brave face. People are pleased just to be here and able to have a chat with old friends and catch up what’s been happening since last time we met at the show two years ago.
The halls are full and there’s plenty of activity going on around the show itself to keep the truck enthusiast occupied for the duration.