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Victoria paves way for heavy duty electric trucks with permanent axle weight concessions

5 November 2023

Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to announce the permanent removal of one of the main hurdles for heavy-duty electric trucks to operate on local roads.

The state this week announced it would allow heavy duty electric trucks to operate with a 7.5 tonne weight on the steer axle, considered essential for heavy duty electric trucks because of the design and positioning of the batteries.

The Victorian government announcement follows a Federal government announcement to allow wider trucks up to 2.55 metres through the Safer Freight Vehicles package. The previous 2.5 metre width limit and 6.5-ton steer axle weight limit were two key barriers preventing electric trucks from operating on Australian roads.

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Source: The Driven

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