Duxton Dried Fruits receives zero emission vehicle funding

Electric trucks promise zero tailpipe emissions making them a green option.

One of Australia’s largest dried fruit growers is the latest recipient of the Victorian Government’s $5 million Commercial Sector Innovation Fund.

Duxton Dried Fruits, a Sunraysia-owned business, has received grant funding to trial six zero emissions vehicles and establish a solar charging station at their Wemen vineyard near Robinvale in north-west Victoria.

This transition to fully-electric Ultra Terrain Vehicles for harvests, yard duties, irrigation checks, and weed control has eliminated the need for fuel trucks to come from out of town and reduced reliance on emergency fuel, resulting in substantial savings for the company.

The switch to ZEV technology is expected to slash Duxton’s yearly emissions by 29 tonnes and save the company more than $10,000 in fuel costs.

Duxton is also working with the Mallee Regional Innovation Centre to encourage greater adoption of ZEV technology across the industry.

The Labor Government in Victoria has legislated what it calls “most ambitious climate targets in the country”, working towards 95 per cent renewable energy generation by 2035 and net zero by 2045.

“These targets will support Victoria to seize the enormous economic opportunity climate action presents – generating $63 billion of economic benefits and generating thousands of jobs,” the Government said in a media release.

“We want to see more businesses like Duxton switch to zero emissions vehicles – it’s not only good for cutting emissions, it’s good for businesses’ bottom line,” said Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne.

“We’ve replaced a fuel bowser and fuel tank at the vineyard – we no longer need trucks to come from town to fill it up and don’t have to run off to town for emergency fuel which is about 40 kilometres away,” said Henry Young, Sustainability Project Officer, Duxton Capital Australia.

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