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Specialist title International Mining has reported that a Chinese manufacturer is working on a pure-electric haul truck for heavy-duty mining applications. International Mining, which covers news and developments related to global mining and minerals processing, says that the Xiangtan Electric Manufacturing Company (XEMC) is developing a lithium battery-powered version of its 108-tonne AC-drive rigid haul Continue reading Pure electric for mine trucks

US-based waste disposal truck manufacturer Curbtender is partnering with electrification specialist XL Fleet to develop a new line of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is among the latest in an array of new environmentally friendly entries into the waste transport industry, which are being driven by an increasing interest in – and growing Continue reading Waste disposal trucks go EV

Increasing EV capabilities herald boom in advanced thermal management market Cars powered by internal combustion engines face all manner of thermal management challenges. Myriad fluids and cooling packs have to be kept at sensible temperatures, and performance issues and damage can ensue if things get out of line.  Electric vehicles (EVs), however, are not exempt Continue reading Major new market for automotive thermal management

In 2019, more than 25 per cent of heavy vehicles on Queensland roads were reported to be over 20 years old. Such vehicles are often more polluting, less safe, less reliable and more expensive to run than newer alternatives. The ongoing operation of these older vehicles poses myriad problems and doesn’t align with the increasing Continue reading Research explores ways to reduce environmental, social and financial impacts of older trucks

News website The Driven, which focuses on zero-emissions transport in Australia, reports that electric cars are being trialled for the federal government’s Comcar fleet. Comcar, the arm of the government’s finance department that provides car-with-driver transport services for officials, is reputedly testing a Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Ioniq Electric.  The two-year trials will ascertain Continue reading Australian government changes tack on Comcar EVs

In the European Union, according to train manufacturer Alstom, 46 per cent of mainline train tracks aren’t electrified.  As a result, many networks depend on diesel trains that can work on both electrified and non-electrified tracks. While diesel trains are often considered environmentally friendly, if you compare their emissions per passenger kilometre to alternatives such Continue reading Decarbonising non-electrified railways with hydrogen trains

Scandinavian airline Widerøe has partnered with aviation specialists Rolls-Royce and Tecnam to develop and introduce a commercial all-electric passenger aircraft by 2026. The collaboration builds on an existing joint sustainability project between Widerøe and Rolls-Royce, the latter of which already had a partnership with Italian aeronautics company Tecnam.  By combining their efforts, the companies aim Continue reading Electric passenger aircraft set for the skies

Virtual reality tech to boost apprenticeships

A skills initiative called Ready, Tradie, Go! is using virtual reality technology to engage the next generation of Australian automotive apprentices.  The new scheme employs a VR system that allows school students to try painting a virtual car, with higher scores being awarded to better paint jobs.  Other vehicle-related career options are also highlighted, and Continue reading Virtual reality tech to boost apprenticeships