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Queensland announces QFES low emissions truck trial

The Queensland government will run two new prime movers to test both electric and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil for logistics operations

The Queensland government has announced that two new low emissions prime movers will be delivered to QFES as part of an Australian first trial.

One vehicle will operate on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) while the other will be purely electric as they operate under QFES command and support operational logistics in Caloundra and Townsville.

The two Volvo vehicles, built at its factory in Wacol, Brisbane, will see HVO come to the fore for a 13-litre Euro 6 model that can run on either alternative fuel or regular diesel, while the first Volvo FMX electric prime mover ordered in Australia will complete logistics delivery runs in Caloundra.

The QFES Fleet says it has undertaken significant research into these alternative technologies and reduced carbon fuel options to decarbonise the heavy vehicle fleet and is working towards meeting Queensland government emissions targets.

The evaluation trial will get underway for the first 12 months of operational service with data collated via on-board vehicle information management systems and field evaluations from QFES personnel.

The University of Queensland will also collaborate on the trial.

“This trial breaks new ground for Queensland’s emergency services and represents a significant step forward for greener transportation,” Queensland fire, disaster recovery and corrective services minister Nikki Boyd says.

“The government is proud to be forging ahead with this trial and the move toward decarbonising the QFES fleet.

“QFES is the first Queensland government department to introduce and conduct a trial operating heavy vehicles on HVO and pure electric.

“Volvo is at the forefront of electrified heavy road transport technology and I have no doubt firefighters will be eager to participate in this trial and get behind the wheel.

“The further adoption of electric and HVO-powered trucks will have a positive impact on all Queenslanders, through lower emissions, a reduction in noise pollution and in the case of electric vehicles, lower running costs.”

Queensland energy and clean economy minister Mick de Brenni says that decarbonising the heavy transport sector will continue to deliver the high quality and critical frontline services that Queenslanders expect.

“With the transport sector contributing for more than 15 per cent of Queensland’s total emissions, its critical all facets of government work together to decarbonise their operations,” de Brenni says.

“This announcement not only benefits the hardworking women and men of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, it also supports local manufacturing and clean economy jobs.

“By partnering with Volvo to deliver this nation-leading trial, the Queensland government is locking in a future made in Queensland, for Queenslanders.”

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