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Queensland announces zero-emissions heavy vehicle network map

Queensland has become the latest Australian region to release a zero-emissions heavy vehicle network map

The Queensland government has joined the Australian state and territory governments embracing zero-emissions heavy vehicles with the release of its network map.

The map focuses on developing zero-emissions heavy vehicle access from the south-east corner of the state, extending from the NSW border at the Gold Coast to Bundaberg and as far west as Toowoomba and Warwick.

The map is the first in a series to identify which parts of the state’s road network can best accommodate the vehicles with steer axle masses of up to eight tonnes.

The Queensland government says the map is paving the way for electric heavy vehicles to take to the state’s highways, cutting pollution and reducing supply chain emissions.

It says it’s committed to becoming a leader in sustainable transport and encouraging the use of low and zero-emissions transport technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Queensland government says it has developed an evidence-based approach for the heavy vehicle industry in the adoption of zero-emissions heavy vehicles, including to undertake research into what the additional mass of these vehicles might have on the state’s road infrastructure while also acknowledging that the vehicles are an existing part of future energy transition.

An important part of the government’s considerations has been to identify which parts of the road network could best accommodate these vehicles and facilitate access to essential supply chain linkages.

As part of a staged approach the Zero Emission Heavy Vehicle Network Map (State-Controlled Roads) is focused on selected state-controlled roads in the south-east Queensland corner of the state, where industry has told the government that initial demand will be highest.

“This announcement will put Queensland on the map as a leader in future electric truck manufacturing,” Queensland transport and main roads minister Bart Mellish says.

“As transport is one of the main contributors to Queensland’s emissions Zero Emission Heavy Vehicles can make a significant contribution to meeting Queensland’s targets to reduce emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.”

Queensland minister for energy and clean economy jobs Mick de Brenni says that decarbonising the heavy transport sector supports emissions reduction right across the economy, from resources to agriculture.

“I know all Queenslanders will welcome a future of locally manufactured electric trucks, because it means a creating a lasting legacy for the Australian vehicle manufacturing industry,” de Brenni says.

“The state government is determined to decarbonise Queensland industries, increase Queensland’s manufacturing opportunities, and protect and create good jobs for Queenslanders.”

Volvo Group Australia president and CEO Martin Merrick thanked the Queensland government and the NHVR for their support in bringing the regulatory shift into reality.

“This announcement will allow the full range of Volvo’s electric heavy vehicles to operate on Queensland roads, which is a major win for the people of Queensland,” Merrick says.

“We now also have the green light to invest even further in Queensland manufacturing. Last year I announced our intention to build battery electric trucks at our Wacol manufacturing facility, now I can confirm that intention can now be made reality.”

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