DOWN UNDER TRUCKING: garbage trucks go electric

Signs of the impending transition to electric vehicles continue to gather apace. The authorities in the Western Australian City of Fremantle are trialing an electric garbage truck. “So what?” a reader might reasonably say. But when the operator of the electric truck is Cleanaway, which operates 4,000 heavy vehicles across Australia, the potential fuel savings are huge. Read on for more. In other news: mandatory data sharing; engine fuel lines could catch fire; Federal government takes over; biofuel boost; truck-side under-run protection; National Freight Data Hub.

A new electric-powered garbage truck, “EVie,” will be trundling around the streets of Fremantle in November as part of a four-week trial.