BTS21: The next step in fuels and sustainability

At the Truck Show’s Future Fuels & Sustainability Hub, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is showcasing the latest developments in sustainable energy solutions

BTS21: The next step in fuels and sustainability
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The Australian government has committed to around $1.5 billion in funding for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) over the next 10 years to support low emission technologies across the innovation chain.

HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking says that the heavy vehicle industry has shown its own determination to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels.

"Our industry has always been at the forefront of innovation, with a great history of achievements in safety, productivity and our environmental footprint," Hacking says.

"In the last 20 years alone, more than 90 per cent of the toxic emissions of diesel exhausts have been removed, whilst engine power and economy have improved significantly.

"At the last Brisbane Truck Show, the southern hemisphere’s largest automotive business event, we witnessed a turning point for our industry with the arrival of commercial-ready electric vehicles, but equally as importantly – an array of technology to convert existing vehicles through electric drivetrains.

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"We already have hybrid and fully electric trucks starting to appear in more and more fleets, very capably fulfilling tasks for local and last-mile work.

"However, there is no sitting still and our members and their international parents around the world are making great leaps forward every day to deliver solutions for highway work.

"We now have manufacturers unveiling hydrogen fuel cell-powered long-haul solutions, which will go into fast development and trialling for different markets.

"But the key to that becoming a commercial reality and success in Australia is the infrastructure and supply of green hydrogen across our enormous highway network.

"BP have announced their own clean energy roadmap and that includes being an enabler for solutions, including fast charging electric stations and hydrogen infrastructure.

"All Australian states and territories are signatories to the National Hydrogen Strategy and every one of them will need to get behind these sorts of initiatives."

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Hacking explains that HVIA will be showcasing the industry’s ambitions at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show with a devoted Future Fuels & Sustainability Hub.

"The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show is set to take all that to another level across the show floor and HVIA will lead the way with the launch of dedicated displays to showcase ground-
breaking developments," Hacking says.

"Visitors to the show will see current opportunities to implement sustainable energy solutions into their own operations in the most rapid viable timeline.

"The heavy vehicle industry is determined to be at the forefront of this conversation in Australia, as next-generation energy solutions take the momentous steps from concept to commercial reality."

Visit the Future Fuels & Sustainability Hub on the Mezzanine level at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show – supported by the Queensland Government

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