An extra $127.9 million will be available to support the integration of electric vehicle technologies into both light and heavy vehicle fleets.
That’s the latest announcement around the Australian Federal Government’s Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy from industry, energy and emissions reductions minister Angus Taylor while visiting SEA Electric’s Melbourne manufacturing facility.
The Australian electric truck manufacturer says it supports the Federal Government’s latest funding program for future fuel technologies for businesses.
The program will be managed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), with the support also extending to the commercialisation of hydrogen as a transport fuel in fleets.
From SEA Electric’s perspective, government assistance to industry is essential in aiding the transition to EV technology, and subsequently for the country to achieve its net-zero carbon emissions goals.
“We commend minister Taylor and the Government for making this announcement,” SEA Electric Asia Pacific Region president Bill Gillespie says.
“Around the world, government assistance with regards to transitioning fleets to future fuels has been imperative to ensure the early uptake of the technology.
“Australia’s road freight sector accounts for 38% of the country’s total transport emissions, so political policy related to the conversion in this area to zero-emissions technology should be a priority,” he explains.
“Here at SEA Electric, we provide to the market a suite of solutions that are currently available, with credentials proven by millions of kilometres of real-world data.
“Best of all, with the manufacturing of these trucks taking place right here in Australia, we are keeping jobs on these shores.”
Founded in Australia in 2012, SEA Electric now features a global footprint including a New Zealand presence, with products deployed on five continents.
Read the full article at Auto Talk published on February 21, 2022.