EnergyAustralia has partnered with Foton Mobility Distribution (FMD) to trial replacing diesel trucks with electric trucks at its Yallourn and Mt Piper power stations.
The trial will see one FMD T5 electric truck deployed at two of EnergyAustralia’s power generation sites to explore the viability and efficacy of integrating electric vehicles into power generation operations, with the power used to charge the truck being completely carbon offset.
Taking place over four to eight weeks at each location, the electric trucks arrived at Mt Piper in NSW on Wednesday, June 21, followed by mid-July at Yallourn in Victoria.
This forms part of an ongoing partnership where EnergyAustralia offers to provide Green Transport Energy infrastructure which includes solar, battery, and electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, to FMD’s electric truck buyers.
Neil Wang, CEO of FMD, said Foton Mobility Distribution is thrilled to collaborate with EnergyAustralia in delivering a “comprehensive electric truck solution”.
“We are eager to provide one of our T5 Light Duty electric trucks for EA’s trial at their facilities. This trial will contribute to our existing customer data and provide invaluable insights into various usage models across multiple geographic locations,” Wang said.
Jack Kotlyar, head of green transport at EnergyAustralia said, “EnergyAustralia is eagerly anticipating the valuable knowledge it has to gain from this initiative.
“We want to understand the feasibility of replacing regular diesel trucks with electric trucks at our power generation sites while maintaining operational efficiency.”
According to a media release, this trial is part of EnergyAustralia’s transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable future, and forms part of EnergyAustralia’s plan to actively transitioning its vehicle fleets from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.