Page 673 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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A significant factor in reducing high emitting vehicles is vehicle emissions standards, which are set at the Federal level. The ACT Government has advocated to the Commonwealth for stricter emissions standards for new vehicles, as unilateral Territory action on this policy setting is not possible.

(4) The ACT Government conducts market and literature research regarding electric trucks as part of the commitment to achieve net zero emissions in government operations by 2040. Locally available models are limited at present to those built upon platforms designed for internal combustion engine vehicles. Prototypes from Volvo and SEA Electric are in active service in Australia, though at small scale. The advent of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks, with around 400km of range2 , will also help in addressing range concerns in electric vehicles.

The ACT Government is trialling multiple electric truck opportunities. Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate (TCCS) has commenced a trial of a fully electric 6.5T truck with tipper body. Since the commencement of the trial, the truck has been utilised by TCCS in general purpose operations – further information can be found in answer (5). The ACT Emergency Services Agency will introduce a hybrid electric fire truck in 2022, which will primarily use its battery for propulsion, but has a diesel range extender for use if necessary.


(a) $123,926 for the twelve-month trial.

(b) Success of the trial will be evaluated based on key performance indicators including safety; operational suitability; range and user experience.

(c) While the trial is showing favourable results across all performance indicators, a full assessment will be undertaken following completion of the trial.

(d) Two existing chargers were upgraded to 22kW AC chargers at Allara Depot and Holder Depot to allow for heavy vehicle charging. The cost of these upgrades was approximately $4,000.

(e) Following completion of the trial, TCCS will use the outcome of the trial to develop a transition plan which may involve adoption of the vehicle into its fleet. The two chargers will enable transition of heavy vehicles to zero emissions options, consistent with the objectives of the ACT Climate Change Strategy.


(a) GB Auto Group: ZED 70 ute (Toyota LandCruiser series 79 battery electric conversion). Currently available to order.

ZERO Automotive: Tembo e-LV ute (Toyota LandCruiser and Hilux battery electric conversions). Currently available to order.

SafeScape: Bortana EV ute (Agrale Marruá battery electric conversion). Taking registration of interest.

H2X: Warrego hydrogen ute (Ford Ranger fuel cell conversion). Currently available to order.

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