Hybrid diesel, full electric or hydrogen? Long-haul transport’s future could still go in any direction
While many observers firmly believe that the future of long-haul trucking around the world will rely on hydrogen-powered fuel-cell technology, one Australian who is at the absolute forefront of electric trucking isn’t so sure about that.
Bill Gillespie, Asia-Pacific Regional President of Melbourne-based electric truck manufacturer, SEA Electric, told CarsGuide that we should be wary of ruling out alternative technologies in favour of a single option.
“I’m not saying we won’t see the hydrogen fuel-cell play a big part in long-haul transport,” he said, “but Hydrogen might turn out to be one part of the potential solution.”
“The big problem with any powertrain is that the heavier it is, the more compromised the payload becomes. But even that doesn’t rule out batteries of some sort playing a part.”
Replaceable batteries are one alternative, Mr Gillespie said.
In fact, NSW Central Coast-based Janus Electric is already working on a prime-mover that uses replaceable batteries based on a change-station network on major arterials.
Although still in the prototype stage, Janus claims that a battery swap will take about three minutes and would give a B-Double a range of between 400-500km on a battery-set.
But Mr Gillespie has dived even further into the alternatives, and says that a hybrid-diesel could also be a reality.
This is well-established technology and has been used to power freight trains for decades. Fundamentally, a diesel engine produces the electricity to drive the electric motors that power the train’s wheels. There’s absolutely no reason it couldn’t work for a road-train as well.
In the meantime, SEA Electric’s focus remains on the light- and medium-truck market which is primarily used for urban work where range is not as much of an issue as it is for long-haul trucks.
While these urban-based trucks tend to fly under the radar a little, when they’re counted as a group, the potential benefits of electrification start to add up.
About 21,000 medium and light trucks are sold in Australia each year, and those make up about 40 per cent of all freight deliveries.
Given that many government departments are averse to carbon-fuelled vehicles and even global giant Ikea is moving to eTruck deliveries in 30 of its markets, the scope for eTrucks – regardless of the tech they use – to blossom is huge.
Continue reading the full article at Cars Guide by David Morely published on April 13, 2022.
An electric garbage truck is being trialed on Canberra’s streets for the first time, as part of ACT government efforts to move its fleet to zero emissions vehicles.
Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel said transport emissions accounted for more than 60 per cent of total output in ACT, so electrification was needed as soon as possible to tackle climate change.
“We’ve already kick-started this transition with 12 battery electric buses joining Transport Canberra’s fleet this year, and a further 90 e-buses on the way,” Mr Steel said in a statement.
“The government is now assessing how we can move to zero emissions trucks for waste collection in the ACT. This two-week trial will provide an understanding of the features and benefits of using zero emissions technology for heavy commercial vehicles.”
The electric garbage truck is a converted diesel model developed by Bucher Municipal and SEA Electric. It has a range of 190 kilometres and can run at a top speed of 100km/h. A full battery charge lasts eight hours.
Darren Gear, a regional sales manager at Burcher Municipal, said the truck was the cutting edge of electric vehicle technology.
“Our company believes in solving challenges with key partnerships through technology and we strive to develop new equipment that meet environmental outcomes for now and into the future,” Mr Gear said.
Continue reading the full article at Canberra Times by Jasper Lindell published on April 13, 2022.
Glen Walker, the Vice President of Asia Pacific for SEA Electric has been joined the board of the Electric Vehicle Council, Australia’s peak body for the e-Mobility sector.
Walker leads SEA Electric’s operational activities in the region as Vice President of Asia Pacific, overseeing new products, design for manufacture, assembly systems, innovation and various product distribution channels.
Under Walker’s watch, SEA Electric has launched as an OEM, with its Melbourne assembly operation now producing a range of zero-emissions commercial vehicle solutions for sale through a nationwide dealer network.
“Over the past six years, the EVC has become the pre-eminent industry association representing the modern zero-emission mobility sector in Australia,” said Glen Walker.
“Through this time of transition, it has provided invaluable policy support across all levels of Government.
“I look forward to adding the unique perspective of zero-emission commercial vehicles to this conversation, supporting the EVC mission to accelerate Australia’s transition to sustainable vehicles.”
Walker has had years of experience as an executive in the automotive and transport fields, following an 18-year career at Kenworth Australia, which included roles as chief engineer of Kenworth Trucks and group operations and national sales for Kenworth Australia, he also spent three years on executive assignment with PACCAR in Seattle. More recently Walker has extensive experience working for major transport companies.
The EVC represents businesses producing, powering, and supporting EVs in Australia, and its aim is to make the electric vehicle market’ more affordable and competitive through a robust regulatory framework and increased consumer awareness’.
The EVC says it leads advocacy and research efforts, industry coordination, and harnesses innovation that builds confidence in EV systems.
Continue reading the full article at Truck & Bus News by Jon Thomson published on April 12, 2022.