All “Alternative fuels” topics

Decarbonising transport: Let the market decide or help it to?

In sectors like electricity generation, or polluting manufacturing, system-level changes can be implemented by influencing the behaviour of a manageable number of players. In transport, however, decarbonisation does not occur until millions of vehicle-owning households choose to adopt cleaner transport technologies or modes. Influencing their choices is much more challenging.

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ContainerCo’s electric heavy vehicle hits the road

In December last year ContainerCo (NZL) began operating New Zealand’s largest electric heavy vehicle (eHV), which can carry three 20 ft containers and is 22 m long. This was done with support from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA). It took about a year to design and deploy, and currently moves containers between port and rail facilities and ContainerCo depots in Auckland.

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Opinion: Pathway from fossil fuels to sustainable resilient solutions in New Zealand (Part II)

While the previous article (Dec 19) focused on light motor vehicles (LMVs) and looked at the trends and opportunities, this article focuses on heavy motor vehicles. There is a big outcry for battery-operated trucks or hydrogen fuel cell powertrains and less for liquefied natural gas (LNG) or the idea of encouraging the industry to quickly adopt the latest diesel technology to reduce emissions. The first half of this article provides an overview of the broader socio-economic aspects of tackling change, whereas the second part focuses more on the technical details.

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