When the Queensland Government released The Future is Electric: Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy last year, we made a commitment to transition the government fleet to electric vehicles. The QFleet Electric Vehicle Transition Strategy establishes this new technology firmly on the government’s fleet agenda. The current inclusion of electric vehicles in QFleet’s fleet, and the intention to at least double their number each year for the next four years, will demonstrate their suitability as part of a multi-functional and versatile
This leadership position will be sustained, and negotiations are alreadyunderway with vehicle manufacturers to pave the way for early access to new electric vehicle models when released onto the Australian market.
With a combined fleet of more than 10,000 vehicles located across the state, departments will have many opportunities to make the shift to electric models as vehicles fall due for replacement over the coming months and years. With their support, this strategy will make the transition a reality.READ MORE
Isuzu Australia Ltd (IAL) will test two battery electric vehicles (EVs) it has developed in partnership with Melbourne-based EV developer SEA Electric.
A purely Australian effort, it is independent of Isuzu’s Japan-focused Elf EV light commercial project EV previewed at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show but comes with the blessing of headquarters in Tokyo.
The EV program is focused on proving the 8-9 tonne gross vehicle mass (GMV) NQR and the 12-14 tonne GMV FSR for urban return-to-base applications.
The NQR will have maximum and continuous power of 130kW and 100kW respectively, while those for the FSR are 250kW and 150kW.
Maximum and continuous torque are 1,500Nm and 800Nm for the NQR and 2,500Nm and 1,230Nm for the FSR
Both models will carry 132 KWh nickel, manganese, cobalt oxide (NMC) lithium-ion battery packs powering direct drive permanent magnet motors, rated to 98 per cent efficiency.
The battery type used, sourced from Canada and China, was chosen for its energy density and ability to stay cool enough to avoid flaming. It is expected to have a battery life of 8-10 years.
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