There are electric trucks and batteries, NHVR taking over NSW, parking bay funding, BTS 23, there is so much happening in the trucking world.
NSW to NHVR
Heavy vehicle safety services across NSW will have a new home from 1 August with the transition of key regulatory functions from Transport for NSW to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
Tara McCarthy, Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at Transport for NSW said the transition was the next step toward nationally consistent compliance for all heavy vehicle operators travelling across NSW.
“Heavy vehicles travelling within and through NSW will benefit from this next step in building a single, consistent national regulator for the heavy vehicle industry,” said McCarthy. “From 1 August roadside enforcement, investigations, prosecutions, and scheduled heavy vehicle inspections currently provided by Transport for NSW, will be some of the services transferring to the NHVR, along with 340 Transport for NSW staff who currently support the industry.”
The NHVR will continue to deliver services www.nhvr.gov.au/about-us/national-services-transition from the more than 200 existing Heavy Vehicle Inspection Stations, safety stations and on-road enforcement sites across NSW. The most noticeable change for operators will be that the current Transport for NSW Compliance Operations Inspectors will become NHVR Safety and Compliance Officers.
After well over 1.6 million kilometres of testing in daily customer operations, Daimler Truck and its Freightliner brand recently unveiled the all-electric eCascadia that will enter series production in 2022. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in 2022.
Since 2018, Freightliner has deployed trucks with customers to run freight in the real world covering a wide breadth of applications including local delivery, food distribution, and parcel delivery. Comprised of over 40 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias and eM2s, the Freightliner Electric Innovation and Customer Experience (CX) Fleets have transformed the testing process by putting trucks into the hands of almost 50 customers.
The electric trucks come with multiple battery and drive axle options, providing a typical range of 370 km (depending on vehicle configurations). The eCascadia is ideally suited for short-haul routes that allow for depot-based charging, examples of which include last mile logistics, local and regional distribution, and warehouse-to-warehouse applications.
After the introduction of the Mercedes-Benz eActros last year and the Mercedes-Benz eEconic later this year, the Freightliner eCascadia is the next product to feature the in-house developed ePowertrain in connection with Daimler Truck North America’s Detroit brand.
Looking Forward to BTS 23
It is 365 days until the doors open for the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, which will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre next May 18-21.
The event promises the biggest line-up of trucks, trailers, components, equipment and technology in the Southern Hemisphere, all the big brands under one roof.
HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley says the response from exhibitors has been overwhelming.
Volvo Trucks is opening its very first battery assembly plant. Located in Ghent, Belgium, the plant will supply ready-to-install batteries for Volvo Trucks’ full electric heavy-duty trucks.
In the new battery plant, cells and modules from Samsung SDI will be assembled into battery packs that are tailor-made for Volvo Trucks´ heavy-duty electric range: Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. Series production starts in the third quarter of this year.
Shorter lead times and increased circularity
Each battery pack has a capacity of 90 kWh and the customer can choose to have up to six battery packs (540 kWh) in a truck. The number of batteries depends on each customer’s specific range and load capacity demands.
“By integrating the battery assembly process in our production flow, we can shorten lead times for our customers and secure high-performing batteries, while at the same time increase circularity, ” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks.
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association has welcomed the $17.4m funding commitment between Federal and State Government for improved heavy vehicle rest areas in Tasmania. $12m has been allocated for new facilities (both east bound and west bound) on the Bass Highway at Westbury, while $5.4m will be spent across other parts of the network.
Federal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, said that “Without our transport operators, our region’s economic prosperity would come to a standstill. We need to invest in the infrastructure drivers need to ensure that are able to undertake their day-to-day jobs professionally and in accordance with safety regulations”.