South Australia heads electric truck trial

South Australia heads electric truck trial

Four South Australian councils have collaborated on a new trial, testing the practicality of electric powered vehicles within the state.

The City of Adelaide, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Charles Sturt and City of Marion and Cleanaway have begun the trialling an electronically charged waste collection truck.

This trial will allow the participating councils to gain a further understanding of cleaner and renewable transport, as well as further aid in the reduction of greenhouse emissions.

The mayor of City of Marion Kris Hanna says the trial will benefit residents, as well as combat the impacts of climate change in the region.

“There is a lot we can do which is right for the environment and, in the long term, saves ratepayers money as well. Climate change doesn’t recognise council boundaries,” he said.

The trial will also see the impacts of a change to renewable energy, with South Australia targeting a 100 percent reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2025.

The ‘E-Truck’ is able to travel 120 kilometres before requiring a recharge and is designed to store and re-use power, further extending its operating time.

Each participating council will have a staggered commencement date for the trial, with Marion and Port Adelaide Enfield being the first to launch on the 1st of May.

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