TIC releases inaugural low zero emission vehicle report

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The Truck Industry Council (TIC) has today announced the release of its inaugural report into the Low Zero Emission Vehicle market in Australia.

Low and zero emission new truck sales up until September this year total 259 vehicles, of which 94 were battery electric and 165 were hybrid electric vehicles.

For the whole of last year, out of a total of 44,379 trucks sold, a record year in terms of new truck sales, 27 of these vehicles were battery electric and 72 were hybrid electric vehicles.

The report, according to TIC Chief Technical Officer Mark Hammond, heralds the evolution of the heavy vehicle market in Australia with new technologies now being introduced while providing clarity on the actual sales of low zero emission vehicles.

“The proof of success will be determined if these sales figures can be sustained into 2024 and beyond. Tracking these sales is the purpose of this new report”, said Mr. Hammond.

Hammond, who curates T-Mark, the industry’s truck market sales database for heavy vehicle, said 2023 saw an impressive growth of low and zero emission truck sales, but it also highlighted that there was a long way to go to achieve a low/zero emission fleet in Australia.

The report further noted that while all truck manufacturers and importers are experiencing increased enquiries the decision to purchase a vehicle is ultimately a business decision requiring operator confidence.

“Barriers to faster low and zero emission heavy vehicle take up exist, such as range and payload limitations, high capital cost, lack of charging/refuelling infrastructure, and no clear understanding of the future Road User Charging (RUC) costing model,“ said Hammond.

The Low Zero Emission Truck Market Update Report can be found on the Truck Industry Council’s website: https://www.truck-industry-council.org/ under the Downloads tab.

TIC members act for 17 truck brands currently on sale in Australia representing 99% of all new truck sales above 4.5 tonne GVM.

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