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Team Global Express rolls out largest Australian logistics EV fleet in Western Sydney

The major global launch was attended by the likes of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Volvo Group global CEO Martin Lundstedt

In a major announcement, Team Global Express (TGE) has officially unveiled Australia’s largest logistics electric vehicle fleet trial, with 60 brand new electric trucks set to hit Western Sydney streets.

To date, 43 of the 60 ordered trucks have arrived at TGE’s Bungarribee (Eastern Creek) depot, with 36 Volvo eFLs set to join 24 Daimler Fuso eCanters over the five-year trial.

The trial is in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), who joined forces as part of the $44.3 million investment that will see TGE replace a third of its Western Sydney fleet with electric trucks to deliver parcels to metropolitan Sydney customers.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attended the launch of the 43 electric trucks alongside TGE CEO Christine Holgate, Volvo global CEO Martin Lundstedt and federal climate change and energy minister Chris Bowen.

The federal government contributed $20.1 million to the project through ARENA, with TGE adding advanced EV charging infrastructure to its Bungarribee depot in the form of a 1 MW battery storage system that uses 400 kW of energy from onsite solar panels.

“We already have thousands of electric buses and electric cars on the road. This Australian-first project will help modernise our truck fleet, cut down on emissions, save fuel costs and reduce air pollution,” Albanese says.

“This also delivers on our election commitment through the Driving the Nation Fund into cutting transport emissions and rolling out charging infrastructure across Australia.

“We pride ourselves on working with companies like Team Global Express and Volvo to seize the opportunities that come with embracing electric heavy vehicles.”

Over the past year, TGE has transformed its Bungarribee facility to a zero-emissions depot, with the brand able to save $7,300 of energy costs in the first hour of the battery energy storage system being turned on.

Holgate says transport accounts for 19 per cent of all emissions in Australia, with this trial representing an important step towards addressing the emissions issue in the transport sector.

Image: Team Global Express

“Team Global Express is proud to roll out an electric vehicle trial of this scale and support our industry and country’s renewable energy transition ambitions. As part of our partnership with ARENA, we will be sharing the knowledge we gain from the trial with other industry providers to benefit the entire sector,” Holgate says.

“At the time of placing our order with Volvo, we held the record for the largest order of medium duty electric vehicles the company had received globally. We are thrilled that these trucks are on Sydney roads delivering parcels directly to residential and commercial customers.”

Lundstedt says Volvo has been privileged to witness the project come to life.

“Partnerships like the one we have with Team Global Express are vital as the world continues on its zero-emissions journey,” he says.

“I congratulate all involved for their dedication towards making our cities a better place to live and for taking a positive step towards the future of our planet.”

TGE director of ESG Heather Bone says Western Sydney was chosen for its strategic location to urban distribution areas, allowing for the trucks to increase their own energy via regenerative braking.

“We are delighted to unveil Team Global Express’ Depot of the Future and begin servicing the Western Sydney community with deliveries driven by electric vehicles. Bungarribee now houses advanced charging infrastructure fuelled by solar energy, enabling our new trucks to be recharged and back on the streets in as little as two hours if required,” Bone says.

TGE team members based at Bungarribee have undertaken specialised electric vehicle training.

“We’ve also used this trial as an opportunity to upskill a number of our female employees and support them in getting their heavy vehicle driving licences so they too can enjoy driving our new electric trucks,” Bone says.

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