As Australia turns its attention toward renewable energy and the cost of increasing fuel prices, we start to see both communities and enterprise take an interest in smart transport, which can reduce both emissions and operating costs.

With the uptake of large-size electric vehicles, such as trucks and buses, this reimagining of an electric future brings a suite of new smart transport opportunities and challenges in the technology space.

A snapshot across the country sees various States leading change, signalling that now is the time to discuss what your own electrification journey and transition will look like over the next few years.

Recommended steps to consider when developing a smart transport plan for trucks or buses:

Tip #1

Engage with a smart transport partner

Seek out and engage a smart transport partner early in your renewables journey. They can help guide the planning and design phase of your site/s to ensure a safe, reliable and optimal energy solution is considered.

A smart transport partner that offers an end-to-end, tailored approach significantly increases the successful delivery of an efficient fleet.

Tip #2

Investment vs return

As part of the planning phase, your partner should provide an assessment and advise for electricity capacity and suitability at each proposed site. This may include a hybrid solution, a transitional staged approach, or potential revenue opportunities by leveraging your storage energy with peak network demand.

With value-adds such as metering and analytics, you’ll gain insights into usage and identify areas for optimisation to influence your tariff(s) and boost potential savings.

Tip #3

Load flexibility and efficient energy generation

Each site assessment will have variables to consider, such as peak capacity and load balancing of the network. These could impact your tariff(s) and should be discussed with your delivery partner.

For example, installing a solar PV system large enough to meaningfully offset your fleet charging requires a minimum of six hours of sunshine. EVs are more effective on flat and gentle topography. If these are not feasible for your site/s, a battery energy storage system or hydrogen power could form part of your electrical energy ecosystem. Understanding the complexity of these scenarios and constraints of each option will ensure a fit-for-purpose offering, tailored to your needs.

Tip #4

Prepare for expansion

With a comprehensive fleet design, you’ll be covered for future expansion of your network. Having the correct infrastructure and connectivity in place and ready for utilisation will avoid upgrade costs in the future, while optimising your tariff costs in the present.

Getting your fleet energised

Yurika has a range of smart transport options available with experience across many projects. This supports better risk management allowing you to seize the future that smart transport brings. For more advice, contact our experts to discuss your own smart transport journey.

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