An electric vehicle start-up is converting semi-trailer trucks into electric heavy-haulers that will be powered by a quick-change battery network on Australia’s east coast.
The audacious bid to switch the country’s 100,000 articulated, semi-trailer and B-double trucks, onto a renewable electric platform has the potential to wipe out significant carbon emissions and reduce notoriously harmful airborne diesel particulates.
Trucks chew up about 23 per cent of road transport fuel used in Australia.
As well as transforming existing articulated trucks with a Dana 720 horsepower electric motor and interchangeable batteries, the company is negotiating with service stations on the main highways between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to set up a network of large battery-swap terminals. The Sydney to Brisbane leg will have six such stations.
Extracted in full form: Entrepreneur: Janus Electric push into fully electric trucks (smh.com.au)