Port of Brisbane hosts ride day

Port of Brisbane Zero Emissions Drive Day.

Port and logistics operators were recently part of a Zero Emissions (ZE) Vehicle Ride Day in Brisbane.

Hosted by Port of Brisbane, the occasion was the first in a series of events the Queensland Transport & Logistics Council (QTLC) had planned as part of its “Future Freight Energy Hub” initiative.

Over 90 people were in attendance, most of whom had conveyed some interest in transitioning to battery electric vehicles.

Participants had the opportunity to ride in and experience six different trucks and vans and meet with vehicle manufacturers and technical specialists to better understand supportive services such as costing, charging, hydrogen, training and after-market support.

Port of Brisbane Chief Operating Officer, Peter Keyte, encouraged attendees to take advantage of having so many key industry stakeholders together.

“Port of Brisbane is very pleased to be the first of QTLC’s identified ‘freight hubs’ to bring together their stakeholders for a ZE Vehicle Ride Day – and today we’ve welcomed port customers, operators who service the port and those from further afield,” said Keyte.

“Zero Emission Vehicles are here, and we know they’re going to become a more common sight on roads and ports around the country,” he said.

“As Port Manager, one of the things we can do in the journey to zero emission vehicles is to bring our customers and stakeholders together to help break down barriers and provide information and connections to help smooth the transition.”

QTLC Chief Executive Officer, Lauren Hewitt said the transition to zero emissions vehicles, despite being financially viable in a range of applications was not straightforward.

“Today was all about bringing together technical experts from the surrounding ZE ecosystem so that investment and infrastructure is informed and targeted,” she said.

The Ride Day was also supported by Blk Auto, Daimler, Volvo, Janus Electric, SEA Electric and All Purpose Transport, who provided ZE trucks and vans.

South East Queensland Hauliers and All Purpose Transport were two notable carriers also in attendance.

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