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ANC bringing electric trucks to Australian roads

Project Spark addresses barriers in electrifying the truck owner-driver segment to drive fleet decarbonisation | Image: ANC

ANC is set to bring Australia’s first 112 battery-electric vehicle (BEV) trucks to make last-mile deliveries (LMD) in metro areas.

This initiative, known as Project Spark and funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) with $12.8 million, aims to address barriers in electrifying the truck owner-driver segment to further drive fleet decarbonisation.

“Project Spark marks ARENA’s first foray into LMD and builds on the agency’s investments in the electrification of buses, road freight and logistics”, says ARENA CEO Darren Miller.

“The breadth of innovation in Project Spark, across supply and demand-side measures, is commercially astute, practically workable, and very exciting.”

“It promises to kick-start a change in electrifying last-mile delivery by lowering the costs to own and run electric trucks and tackles constraints that have so far made it hard for the industry to transition away from internal combustion engine vehicles, adds Darren.

ANC, known for its extensive network serving major retail brands like IKEA and Bunnings, plans to leverage commercial and technological levers to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of BEV trucks for owner-drivers, supported by a range of partners including CarBon, Origin Energy, SpotLumos and others as part of Project Spark.

ANC’s proposal to offer discounted trucks with leasing options, improve battery-charging and vehicle-utilisation models, and unlock new revenue streams aims to resolve these challenges.

Project Spark’s charging model couples Origin Energy’s overnight charging-as-a-service (CaaS) from home with fast-charging services at depots and in the public to enable owner-drivers to meet LMD requirements.

“This grant from ARENA is a vote of confidence in ANC’s vision for a cleaner, greener future”, says ANC CEO Joe Sofra.

“With this support, we will expedite the deployment of battery electric vehicles, reducing emissions and leading the charge towards a net zero emissions delivery ecosystem.”

“We are poised to make a substantial impact on the market, and more importantly, on the environment. We thank ARENA for their support in helping ANC drive this pivotal shift in the industry.” Joe added.

“Our commitment to lead the energy transition transcends fleet conversion and includes a pursuit to find innovative ways to solve urban gentrification challenges, overcoming resistance to change and routing for the shortest possible route to customers to reduce carbon emissions”, says Mo Abbas, ANC Chief Growth & Sustainability Officer.

The Australian Government’s Driving the Nation Fund has allocated $500 million to support more affordable and cleaner transportation initiatives, including charging innovation and fleet decarbonisation.

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