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Centurion announces off grid battery electric truck fleet

Centurion has received $15.8 million in ARENA funding to complete the historic Australian off-grid electric truck fleet project

Australian logistics and transport company Centurion has announced it will operate Australia’s first 100 per cent renewable energy, off grid battery electric truck fleet.

In a program backed by the federal government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Future Fuels program, the $29 million project plans to integrate 30 battery electric trucks into Centurion’s existing fleet.

The trucks will be powered by solar generation and off-grid battery energy storage by the end of this year.

With ARENA investing $15.8 million into the project, Centurion will install charging equipment, integrated energy generation and storage infrastructure at its Hazelmere depot in Perth.

Once ready, the 30 Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks will service the wider Perth metropolitan area, supported by four megawatts of rooftop solar, 10 megawatt hours of battery and 15 dual port slow and fast chargers.

“This project represents a significant step in Centurion’s decarbonisation journey and continues our work towards an operational future with net zero emissions,” Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci says.

“Centurion actively seeks to deploy technology where it’s ready to displace the diesel transport equivalent, and the ARENA funding certainly helps support the project’s economics.”

Centurion is a national operator serving the resource hubs and remote communities of Australia.

“For most of our operations, the zero-emissions heavy transport technology won’t be ready for several years. However, battery electric trucks are now ready for operations across the wider metropolitan area and it’s great that Centurion has the capacity to bring this technology into our fleet,” Cardaci says.

“Operating a real zero-emissions truck fleet from off-grid solar and battery is a significant step in supporting the energy transition.

“With more than 2400 employees across Australia, for customers from a wide range of sectors, and the multiple communities that rely on our service, it’s important we demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainable operations and drive decarbonisation projects like this one.”

Centurion says it and ARENA, in collaboration with Daimler Truck, Geniux Cleantech Group and Switch Batteries, will deliver quantifiable emissions reductions and generate meaningful environmental benefits for Centurion and the broader community.

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