Team Global celebrates Australia’s largest electric truck fleet

The Australian freight company Team Global Express is introducing 60 electric trucks in the Sydney area as part of a five-year fleet test sponsored by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The majority of the electric trucks from Volvo and Daimler were handed over in a celebration attended by the Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

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Team Global Express is replacing a third of its fleet in Western Sydney with 60 electric trucks to deliver parcels to customers in the Sydney metropolitan area. The orders for 36 battery-electric Volvo FLs from Volvo Trucks and 24 Daimler Fuso eCanter trucks were made in 2022. To date, 43 of these have already been delivered.

In preparation for the fully electric delivery trucks, Team Global Express has been transforming its Bungarribee facility over the last 12 months with infrastructure. Charging stations were installed that draw energy from 400kws of on-site solar panels. The company has also installed a 1MW battery energy storage system (BESS) to enhance the depot’s renewable power capacity and reduce the company’s reliance on grid power. Team Global Express says it was able to save $7,300 AUD in the first hour of the BESS system being turned on.

Team Global Express’ Director of ESG, Heather Bone, said the charging set-up at the Bungarribee depot enables the trucks to be recharged and back on the streets in as little as two hours if required. Team Global says the new technology onboard with sensors and telematics will improve safety conditions in addition to the benefits of lower noise and vibration levels.

The official celebration as the Volvo electric trucks were being handed over was attended by the Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, alongside Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen.

The Prime Minister noted that although Australia already has thousands of electric buses and electric cars on the road, “this Australian-first project will help modernise our truck fleet, cut down on emissions, save fuel costs and reduce air pollution.”

The trial is taking place in Western Sydney, Australia’s third-largest and fastest-growing economy. The electric truck fleet is said to be the largest in Australia to date.


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