Powering Ahead With Electric, Diesel and Hydrogen

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen

The NHVR take over in NSW and innovative trucks are powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen power to get the job done in the latest new trucks, whether it’s through the floods of NSW, on our major highways, building electric infrastructure or delivering the goods in Germany.


The first newly-developed MAN truck generation in two decades, the TGL, TGM, TGS, and TGX range have been released this week onto the Australian truck market. 

“We are delighted to introduce the all-new MAN truck generation to our customers and the Australian market,” said Craig Lee, General ManagerOn-Highway at Penske Australia. “We held an exclusive event in Brisbane this week to unveil the trucks, and the feedback was tremendous. Customers can clearly see that the newly-developed trucks are a game-changer for the transport industry. 

The new MAN cabin workspace includes a new dash layout, multi-function steering wheel, all-new infotainment system, and SmartSelect navigator. The new design includes MAN’s new driver assistance features such as active cruise control, steering wheel airbag, cabin safety cell, emergency brake assist (EBA), ComfortSteering.

Get the full run down on the new models in an upcoming issue of PowerTorque.


This week sees a massive change to roadside enforcement in New South Wales as the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) logo appears on the uniforms of the heavy vehicle services and compliance officers.

The transition from Transport for NSW to the NHVR is an important step toward delivering nationally consistent compliance for all heavy vehicle operators. The NHVR will continue to deliver services in NSW from more than 200 existing Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations, safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW.

“Scheduled heavy vehicle inspections, investigations, prosecutions and roadside safety checks will transfer to the NHVR,” said NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the transition of heavy vehicle services. “I’m also pleased to welcome 310 Transport for NSW staff who will continue to serve and support the heavy vehicle industry.

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen


Strategic Partnership for Electric Trucks

Energy retailer and generator EnergyAustralia has joined with electric truck manufacturer SEA Electric in a strategic partnership. EnergyAustralia will work with SEA Electric clients in tailoring a zero-harm, bespoke solution for their energy needs.

As fleets look to move towards green transport solutions, customised advice can be provided on depot development, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, retail contracts, and rooftop solar, batteries and energy management software solutions.

By providing future-fuel road maps for e-fleets and transport depots, EnergyAustralia says it has demonstrated that transitioning completely to zero carbon, green energy-driven fleets is achievable today.

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen

NatRoad Calls for EV Incentives

Almost 90 per cent of NatRoad members responding to an annual survey have no plans to buy an Electric Vehicle (EV).

“That will change when governments provide incentives that lower EV prices and provide a regulatory basis for their efficient and safe operation. I believe manufacturers will move in response,” said Scott Davidson, NatRoad Chairman in his weekly column. “Nobody can deny that switching to a fuel that’s 70-80 per cent cheaper than diesel for long-haul journeys and is better for the environment isn’t a good idea.

“Australia is substantially behind Europe in its uptake of EVs, with the relatively longer distances, shortage of re-charging stations and the absence of a market presenting major hurdles to anyone wanting to make the switch.”

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen

Hydrogen Trucks from Hyundai

Hyundai has announced the export of its XCIENT Fuel Cell heavy-duty trucks to Germany. Seven German companies in logistics, manufacturing and retail will put 27 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks into fleet service with funding for eco-friendly commercial vehicles from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).

The XCIENT Fuel Cell to be delivered is equipped with a 180-kW hydrogen fuel cell system with two 90-kW fuel cell stacks. The system’s durability and the vehicle’s overall fuel efficiency are tailored to the demands of commercial fleet customers. The 350kW e-motor has a maximum torque rating of 2,237Nm.

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen

NSW SES Get Unimogs

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has received the first three Mercedes-Benz Trucks Unimog emergency response vehicles. They havealready been put to work assisting the community during extreme weather events that have hit the region and three more units are on the way, making a total of six in the NSW SES fleet.

The SES Unimogs will be used by its volunteers in a wide range of flood operations including flood rescues, evacuations, medical transports and logistic support to isolated communities. The Unimogs can also be used to deliver fodder to isolated livestock and assisting in bush search and rescue operations.

powering ahead with electric, diesel and hydrogen

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