Australia’s First All-Electric Truck Now in Service
Earlier this month, Toll Group, a provider of transport and logistics services, unveiled Australia’s first pure electric truck.
This is the 10-ton Smith Newton truck that will be used for parcel pick-ups and deliveries around Brisbane and it was on display at Toll’s Larapinta depot.
For now, Toll IPEC will use the all-electric vehicle during an initial three-month trial that will examine how the truck performs in Australia and will track its operating costs.
Toll Group Environment and Energy General Manager, Nick Prescott, stated:
“We are extremely excited to be the first to get a look at this type of vehicle. It is a shining example of the sorts of things we’re doing as part of our broader Smarter Green environmental program, which looks at the use of smarter fuels such as biodiesels, compressed natural gas and electric vehicles, but only when it makes operational and economic sense to do so. The Smith Electric adds to the many CNG, LNG and hybrid vehicles we operate in Australia and globally.”
Specifications for the Smith Electric 10-ton electric truck indicates that it could go up to 200 km (124 miles) on a single charger, but with battery pack that has slightly less capacity than in top Model S version, Smith’s range prediction seems rather optimistic for such a huge vehicle:
- Range of up to 200km
- Top speed 95km/h
- Lithium-ion 80kW battery
- Requires 5-6 hours overnight charge