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SA’s EV trial scheme could soon be expanded


A recently announced low and zero emission heavy vehicle trial scheme for South Australia could soon be expanded, reveals Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport in South Australia (DITSA) and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) both separately announced trial schemes for low and zero-emissions trucks.

The trials will permit them to exceed regulated axle load limits on state-managed roads.

These include allowing single-steer, tandem-drive prime movers up to 7.5 tonnes on a single-steer axle and up to 18.5 tonnes on a tandem-drive axle; and twin-steer, tandem-drive prime movers up to 12 tonnes on the twin-steer axle and up to 17 tonnes on the tandem-drive axle.

However while DITSA’s website only lists eligible prime mover combinations, it may be expanded to rigid trucks, pending further structural assessments, reveals HVIA.

The department is now inviting interested rigid truck applicants to contact them to discuss their proposals.

“What’s more, the department confirms that six access networks have been developed in-line with the PBS networks, with the intent on maximising access and matching the networks for the equivalent in internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and are available to view online here. The department invites persons identifying potential errors or omissions to contact them,” explained HVIA.

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