• 06 Sep

Government recently approved a RUC exemption for heavy electric vehicles to apply until they make up 2 per cent of the heavy vehicle fleet.

This exemption will take effect from 1 September 2017

The Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Act included legislation to introduce a RUC exemption for heavy electric vehicles.

Based on MOT’s website electric vehicles are defined as vehicles charged from an external electricity source and can be powered in two ways:

1. Solely by electric batteries - known as pure electric vehicles or,

2. A combination of batteries and a conventional engine – called plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

This implies the vehicle must be able to gain traction and maintain momentum while operating on the battery power storage.

The exemption will result in significant savings for heavy electric vehicle operators but the actual savings will be dependent on the type of vehicle and the distance it travels in a year.

A recent update from RTF’s USA contacts has confirmed Cummins has just joined a growing list of manufacturers who have been able to showcase electric-vehicle technology in commercial trucks over the past year.

In December 2016 new startup Nikola Motor Co. introduced the Nikola One, a hydrogen-electric Class 8 tractor for over-the-road applications that the company aims to launch in 2020.

Last fall in Germany, Daimler Trucks showed its plug-in electric Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck for local distribution.

Meanwhile, electric car maker Tesla Inc. has said it will soon unveil its own electric heavy-duty truck.

BYD from China and other Asian manufacturers have products currently available across a range of vehicle applications. The purpose of identifying some manufacturers in this circular is simply to illustrate the technology and supply side for heavy duty electric vehicles is advancing very rapidly.