Clean Transport News

Keep up-to-speed with the latest developments in clean transport action:

1.       Nikola One Truck Revealed

One of the largest US trucking companies believes the Nikola One truck could be a game-changer for the trucking industry. Going all-electric with a hydrogen-powered fuel cell will help change the cycle of rate volatility driven by diesel prices. Including one million miles worth of fuel in the vehicle’s purchase price will help too.

The Nikola One is like to a “rolling iPhone” with everything a truck driver needs to do business at their fingertips, including a 21-inch display screen driver console pre-loaded with its own freight matching service: Nikola Shipments. Available from 2020, and with nearly $4 billion worth of pre-orders already, the queue starts here.

2.       Vehicle emissions tests reveal real-world performance

Credibility of the Green Vehicle Guide is in doubt after Australia’s first on-road vehicle emissions test program shows the laboratory-test results on which it is based don’t translate into real-world Australian conditions. Noxious gas emissions were found to be four times the regulatory limits, while greenhouse gas emissions and fuel consumption were up to 35 per cent higher than figures shown on Government-mandated Fuel Consumption Labels. 

Fuel efficiency is the top consideration for about a quarter of Australians when buying a car. Following the Volkswagen scandal, Europe is moving away from laboratory testing to improve its emissions regulatory model and Australia should do the same.

3.       India unveils the world’s largest solar power plant

No, this isn’t off-topic given the inevitable move to electric truck fleets. The Adani Group is leading India to a solar-powered future. Does their name ring a bell? Yes, Adani is also developing a huge coal mine in Queensland, the subject of a storm of protests from well-funded international environmental groups.

Adani shows the reality that a clean energy future won’t be a binary model. A mix of energy sources is needed for prosperity while reducing climate risk. Sure, coal needs to get cleaner, but wanting the resource kept in the ground based on ideology heightens divisiveness in local communities between winners and losers and provides no solutions that play to Australia’s strengths.

 

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David Coleman

 Clean Transport Action

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