Queensland announces trials for heavy-duty BEV

Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is backing Volvo trials of two heavy battery-powered trucks 3-axle prime movers, operating at a gross weight of 44,000 kg.

Queensland Transport Minister Mark Bailey said he was excited to see Volvo bringing the latest zero-emission technology trucks to Queensland.

“We know reducing transport emissions will play a key role in achieving net zero emissions in Queensland by 2050, and this trial is an important step towards that,” he said.

“The introduction of battery electric heavy vehicles provides opportunities to also bring vehicles with the latest safety technology features and emissions performance to our shores.”

Minister Bailey said the Queensland Government understands changes will be needed to steer-axle mass limits and truck width to match Europen battery-electric heavy vehicles standards.

“The information available from trials like this will help our engineers make sure mass and dimension issues with the take-up of battery electric heavy vehicles are managed in a sustainable way to benefit all Queenslanders.”

The vehicles will have the latest heavy vehicle safety features such as lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, passenger corner camera, dynamic steering with stability assist, under-run protection, collision warning with emergency braking and electronically controlled brake systems.

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