Fennell Forestry is taking the crucial first step towards decarbonising Australia’s heavy vehicle transport industry, launching the world's second electric log truck.
The truck has been commissioned by the local harvest and haulage company to provide a realistic carbon reduction solution for the heavy transport industry.
And after rigorous testing, fine-tuning and anticipation, the truck is now at home in Australia’s most productive plantation forestry region - the Green Triangle.
A new charging station has been installed and tested at Fennell Forestry’s Mount Gambier depot, to ensure the vehicle can be operated and recharged as required.
On-road and in-field preliminary testing has been carried out to ensure the truck can handle the demands of forest logging. Staff inductions have been held, plantation managers briefed and local emergency service crews have also previewed the new technology, ensuring everyone is ready when the truck finally hits the road.
Fennell Forestry Managing Director Wendy Fennell said the electric truck represented the first bold step towards ensuring heavy transport industry meet the Federal Government’s 2030 emissions reduction targets.
“We’ve done our groundwork and due diligence, calculating battery power, run time and carbon-emission reduction,” she said.
“Now it’s time to get the truck loaded and on the road to see if the practical application measures up to the theoretical. We think it will, but will be two years before we can say our Australia-first initiative has been a success.
“It’s an educated gamble, but one we feel compelled to take for the benefit of the heavy transport industry and future generations.
Transport is Australia’s second highest contributor to carbon emissions. A single diesel-powered log truck produces in excess of 500 tonnes of carbon every year.
Converting to an electric engine and battery system will slash this number to zero. And when recharging using renewable energy, the environmental dividends will be even greater.
The electric conversion has been completed in New South Wales by Australian company Janus Electric, to comply with the high gross combination mass requirements of Australia’s heavy transport vehicles.