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QLD mine truck driver injured by hydrocarbon refrigerant blast

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A truck driver at an underground mine in Queensland has sustained serious burns to their face, hands and chest from an explosion caused by the vehicle’s air-conditioning system, which was found to have been charged with hydrocarbon refrigerant. The incident happened on January 11 this year, while the worker was driving in the underground mine. Resources Continue reading QLD mine truck driver injured by hydrocarbon refrigerant blast

repair info sharing bill

The House of Representatives has unanimously passed the bill to mandate repair information sharing, with the law now expected to enter the Senate during June. Bipartisan support in the Lower House for the legislation bodes well and speeches from individual Members of Parliament acknowledged input from independent workshop owners in their constituencies. This is a Continue reading Repair info sharing law passes Lower House, Senate debate and vote expected in June

EV battery assembly

A study of dealer management system data in the United States has found that repairs to electrified vehicles are so far proving more lucrative than originally predicted, the aggregated results suggesting EV parts and labour invoices tend to double those for conventional vehicles. The most frequent EV issues were electronic controller, high-voltage battery, charger/cable and battery contacts, Continue reading EV fault diagnosis could prove lucrative

electric converted mine haul truck from

A gauntlet has been thrown down by BHP, Rio Tinto and Vale – the world’s three largest mine operators – to accelerate the development of electric haul trucks for widespread global adoption in the surface mining industry. The Charge On Innovation Challenge has been launched with mining equipment, technology and services industry body Ausmine to encourage technology innovators to Continue reading Mining giants challenge innovators to electrify haul trucks for global adoption

VW ID.3 production

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has concluded that electric cars and vans in every European light vehicle segment will less expensive to make than their fossil-fueled equivalents by 2027 at the latest. The report, commissioned by independent clan transport campaign group Transport & Environment, says small and mid-size cars and SUVs will cost the same to Continue reading Study predicts EVs will be cheaper to make than petrol or diesel equivalents by 2027

Toyota LandCruiser 78 'Troopy' modified for the refrigerated transport of vaccines

Toyota has built the world’s first refrigerated vehicle to get Performance, Quality and Safety prequalification from the World Health Organisation for the transport of vaccines. Based on a LandCruiser 78 ‘Troopy’, the project will help reduce the amount of vaccines wasted by exposure to temperature fluctuations during transportation to hospitals and clinics in regions where Continue reading Toyota builds refrigerated VaccineCruiser based on 78-series Troopy, gets WHO tick of approval

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (left) and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua

The United States and China have made a joint commitment of mutual cooperation to phase down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, following meetings in Shanghai between US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua. Among the world’s largest producers and consumers of HFCs, the two Continue reading US, China get serious on HFCs

EV Automotive EC11 E-Cargo

This year’s Brisbane Truck Show will host the launch of EV Automotive’s EC11 electric van and minibus, which have received full volume Australian Design Rule certification and compliance. Available in 12.3 cubic metre E-Cargo and 12-seat E-Crew formats, the EC11 has a 1.7-tonne payload and its 73.6kWh battery provides a claimed range of 200-300km depending Continue reading Brisbane Truck Show promises electrification

choice of repairer campaign logo

A decade’s worth of lobbying by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) – and significant efforts by others – has finally resulted in the introduction of legislation that would require automakers to share service and repair data. The legislation, which entered Australian Parliament as the latest edition of SightGlass News went to press, would level the playing Continue reading Repair info sharing legislation enters parliament

automotive apprentice

Australia’s federal government has extended its wage subsidy scheme for apprentices and trainees for another year, ending 30 September 2021. The scheme, said to have helped create around 100,000 apprenticeships to date, was introduced in 2020 as part of the economic response to COVID-19 and subsidises 50 per cent of the wages of apprentices and trainees. In total, Continue reading Extension for Australian apprenticeship subsidy