Volvo receives permission to test electric heavy vehicles In Queensland

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The Queensland Government has allowed Volvo Group Australia to test heavy duty battery electric heavy vehicles in Australia, with Queensland playing a key role in their development.

Since the middle of 2021, the State Government said Volvo Group Australia has successfully operated medium duty battery electric vehicles in Australia. With the trial 3-axle prime mover operating at a gross weight of 44,000kg, the agreement to trial heavy duty BEVs in Queensland represents a crucial next step in the electrification of road transport in Australia.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey expressed his excitement 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,” Minister Bailey said.

Minister Bailey stated that the arrival of battery electric heavy vehicles opens up possibilities for bringing vehicles with cutting-edge safety technologies and emissions performance to Queensland shores.

“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,” Minister Bailey added.

The Minister said the electric truck trial exemplifies the Palaszczuk Government’s dedication to meeting Queensland’s net zero carbon emission target by 2050

Since 1972, Volvo Group Australia has produced over 75,000 trucks at its Brisbane manufacturing sites, making it Australia’s largest automotive manufacturer. The Wacol production factory manufactures Volvo and Mack trucks, employing 800 workers and a specialised team of 60 trucks. Volvo Group Australia works with over 100 local suppliers and invests over $600 million in the local economy yearly. All trucks proudly display the Australian Made emblem.

The vehicle will be equipped with the most recent heavy vehicle safety features, including lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, a passenger corner camera, dynamic steering with stability assist, underrun protection, collision warning with emergency brake, and electronically controlled brake systems.

State Government said electric vehicles are swiftly becoming popular among Australian business owners, representing a vital step towards a zero emissions future.