Record electric vehicle launch in Australia

Team Global Express has unveiled Australia’s largest logistics electric vehicle fleet.

The logistics company has received 43 out of 60 electric trucks at its depot in Bungarribee, which will roll out across the streets of Western Sydney. It will take possession of 36 Volvo eFLs and 24 Daimler Fuso eCanters in total to facilitate the five-year trial.

The ground-breaking trial, in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will see Team Global Express replace a third of its Western Sydney fleet.

“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,” said Team Global Express Group CEO, Christine Holgate. “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,”

Over the last 12 months, Team Global Express has turned its facility into ‘The Depot of the Future,’ to house the vital infrastructure required to service the electric vehicles. The depot upgrade included the construction of charging infrastructure and a battery storage system, which uses 400kws of solar energy from on-site panels. The installed 1MW battery energy storage system will enhance the depot’s renewable power capacity and reduce grid power reliance.

Team Global Express’ Director of ESG, Heather Bone, said that Western Sydney was chosen for its strategic location to urban distribution areas, allowing for the trucks to increase their own energy via regenerative braking.

“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,” she said.

The benefits of the electric truck fleet will extend to local communities through reduced vehicle noise and improved urban air quality. Additionally, drivers will benefit from improved safety conditions through lower noise and vibrations.

Volvo’s Global CEO, Martin Lundstedt, joined Team Global Express executives for the roll-out.

“It is a privilege to witness projects such as this come to life around the globe and I’m very happy to be here in person to see this site in operation,” he said. “Partnerships like the one we have with Team Global Express are vital as the world continues on its zero emissions journey.”

In other news, Mexico City has joined a pledge to decarbonise freight transport and improve air quality.

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