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Volvo Group is leading the way for the global shift to electric trucks

Volvo Trucks are using an electric truck model, which will benefit the environment and the driver.

On Ticker Climate this week, the Environment and Innovation Director of Volvo Trucks in Sweden, Lars Martensson, shared the latest details on the shift to electric.

Electric trucks in Australia

Logistics company Linfox will work with Volvo, to use their electric trucks in Australia. Volvo’s electric trucks are already used reguarly in Sweden, Europe and North America. Yet, Volvo will now bring its large heavy trucks to Australia.

As electric vehicle production ramps up worldwide, there is an increasing demand to adapt to this model.

How do they work?

In a boost for sustainability, the trucks are all battery-electric.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have an electric motor, instead of an internal combustion engine. The vehicle uses a large battery pack to power the electric motor.

In the case of an electric truck, it uses a computer to signal through to an inverter. The inverter releases electrons from the battery pack, that can be used by the electric motor.

Electric vehicles can be referred to as battery electric vehicles.

They emit no exhaust and do not contain any typical liquid fuel components, such as a fuel pump, fuel line, or fuel tank.

Another major advantage of electric motor-driven trucks is the ability to provide regenerative braking. Unlike diesel, an electric motor can recover energy by sending charging current back into the batteries, in a controlled process.

However, the truck’s battery has to be plugged into an electrical outlet or charging equipment. Most electric vehicles can go a similar distance to petrol or diesel vehicles. There does need to be regular charging stations along the way.

The Volvo trucks can be recharged overnight, at the home depots. For the remainder of the time, they can recharged during the trips. They have a driving range of up to 300km.

They will be used for local distribution, regional distribution, and construction.

“For example, in Europe, it will make up 50%  of freight transport.”

Lars Martensson

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Why go electric?

The shift to electric helps to fight climate change and has significant benefits for the drivers’ health.

Traditionally trucks operate using diesel fuel. Diesel exhaust comes from engines burning diesel fuel. It is a complex mixture of gases, vapors, liquid aerosols, and particulate substances. These substances are the products of combustion.

The main chemical components of diesel exhaust emissions are gases and vapours. Gases and vapours are the gases found in air like nitrogen, oxygen, water vapour, and carbon dioxide.

There are also hazardous chemicals like nitrous oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxide.

Fine particles known as diesel particulate matter are hazardous chemicals. They act like gas and stay airborne for long periods of time. They are extremely detrimental to the drivers’ health by penetrating deep into the lungs. 

The shift to electric will also help to cut back on greenhouse emissions.

Cars, trucks, public transport, domestic flight, and shipping are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in Australia. 

The sector emitted 102 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018, representing 18% of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas pollution. Transport emissions increased the most as a percentage of any sector since 1990.

“There are emissions from diesel trucks, which cause pollution in terms of the cities and smog but also in terms of local pollution.”

“There are also fine particles which go deep into the lungs.”

Scott Hamilton

Ditch dependence on diesel imports

Diesel is crucial to Australia’s energy security as it underpins our critical infrastructure, transport sector, and important industries, such as mining and agriculture. It is also critical during an emergency for essential services.  

Australia currently has only about 18 days of diesel fuel security. More than 90 per cent of petrol and diesel in Australia is imported from Singapore, South Korea, Japan, China, and the USA.

Australia is down to only a couple of oil refineries now, yet the Federal Government is using taxpayers dollars to keep them afloat.

“So much for ‘technology not taxes’ approach to energy policy,” 

Scott Hamilton

We can learn from other countries and businesses. Power company Copel and the State of Parana, in Brazil, worked together to maximise transition to electric vehicles by investing in re-fuelling developments. This included commercial, residential, and government services.

Copel determined it could make more money from selling coffee at refueling stations than it would ever make from selling electricity for vehicles.

“With diesel fuel security sitting about 18 days and the rising price of oil, diversification in electric and other zero-emission power fuels is a no brainer. Helping save the plant is a bonus.” 

“I think we are going to see the same rapid uptake of electric vehicles as we have seen with people putting solar PV on their roofs”

“Linfox is again showing leadership by driving these new clean technologies into the Australian market,”

Scott Hamilton 

Government support

According to Martensson, the Swedish Government and Europe more broadly have been incredibly supportive of the electric movement.

To run effectively and efficiently in Australia, Volvo will require the support of the Government. There needs to be considerable investment into the research, development, and infrastructure.

The trucks require recharging stations and specific infrastructure to run efficently.

However, the exact plan and logistics for Volvo Trucks to operate in Australia hasn’t be revealed yet.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Volvo is going to work with battery company Northvolt to deliver Electric vehicles with a range of 1000km. The two companies will produce batteries with renewable energy to lower carbon emissions.

In addition, they will increase energy density by about 50%  and their batteries will present a 1,000 Wh/l energy density.

Watch the full episode of Ticker Climate here:

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Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Trump’s campaign tactic – debase and disgrace the legal process

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Donald Trump, former president of the United States, hated Arraignment Day I in Manhattan two months ago, the first time a former president had been criminally charged. 

Trump was being forced against his will into a proceeding he had utter contempt for.  He was being arrested and fingerprinted and photographed under an indictment under the jurisdiction of Manhattan in New York City for allegations of hush money payments and fraudulent bookkeeping practices to conceal criminal activity. Trump heard the charges read out against him and he entered a plea of not guilty.

Trump had a terrible day. Trump wore a scowl throughout. His countenance was fearsome.  What Trump hated most about his arraignment in New York is that he had to sit at a table with his counsel side by side with him — equal to him — and with the judge above him looking down on him. Trump could not control the discussion and could not interrupt to make his points.

Trump was subordinate to the judge. He was subordinate to no one as president.

Arraignment Day II

Arraignment Day II in Miami will be worse from Trump, even more stressful.  The charges are substantially more serious:  the alleged violation of federal criminal statutes involving the alleged mishandling and illegal possession of classified documents, lying to legal authorities, and obstruction of justice.  Potential penalties run to years in prison and millions of dollars in fines.

Trump throughout his business life had always crafted his affairs to avoid being a defendant. But in his term in office, he was caught up in it big time. He was a defendant in two impeachment trials – again, unprecedented events – and left office in disgrace.

But Trump does not feel disgraced. He never does.  Trump does not have a reverse gear.  He never retreats.  Never admits. Never concedes. Never yields.  Trump is never embarrassed. Trump never feels ashamed. When something goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else.

And Trump never repents.

Trump can feel this way because Trump is waging war on behalf of his armies in “the final battle” for the future of the county. In his first, fiery post-indictment speech in Georgia, Trump said, “They’ve launched one witch hunt after another to try and stop our movement, to thwart the will of the American people.  In the end, they’re not coming after me. They’re coming after you … “Either we have a Deep State, or we have a Democracy…Either the Deep State destroys America, or WE destroy the Deep State.”

It is a powerful formulation, and his true believers love it.

Hours later, In North Carolina, Trump mainlined his distilled message for the Republican crowd:

“We are a failing nation. We are a nation in decline. And now these radical left lunatics want to interfere with our elections by using law enforcement.

It’s totally corrupt and we cannot let it happen.

This is the final battle.

With you at my side we will demolish the Deep State.

We will expel the warmongers from our government.

We will drive out the globalists.

We will cast out the communists.

We will throw off the sick political class that hates our country.

We will roll out the fake news media.

We will defeat Joe Bide and we will liberate America from those villains once and for all.”

Any lesser mortal would be staggered by these events.  Any other presidential candidate would be driven from the race.  But not Trump.

Debase and disgrace

Trump is using the same playbook today as he successfully triggered after being charged in New York:  debase and disgrace the legal process by terming it completely political.  Trump said the federal indictment is “election interference at the highest level.”

Almost every other Republican running for president has adopted this line, insulating Trump from pressure to leave the field.

Trump’s chief opponent, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said after these indictments: “The weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society. We have for years witnessed an uneven application of the law depending upon political affiliation.”

Republican congressperson Nancy Mace: “This is a banana republic. I can’t believe this is happening.” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Democrats are arresting their political enemies. and they work together in their corrupt ways to get it done.”

Trump is using his affliction to raise millions of dollars from his base.

Trump will likely face Arraignment Day III in Georgia in August.  A state prosecutor is expected to charge Trump with criminal interference in the certification of Georgia’s vote for Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

As of now, there is no sign of cracks in Trump’s support among Republican voters.  There is no surge to another candidate.  What remains to be seen is whether Republican voters, as they see Trump spend his days in courtrooms and his evenings at rallies around the country, reach a conclusion that this is a spectacle too far, too much to bear, and that they want to turn to another conservative populist who stands for them in the political trials— and not the criminal trials – of 2024.

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It’s not often that a U.S. President faces federal indictment, but if it’s going to happen to anyone, it might as well be Donald Trump first.

The news that Donald Trump is facing a federal investigation over the removal of secret documents from the White House in 2021 came as no surprise.

Keen watches of the Washington soap opera have seen this playbook before, albeit in a different form.

There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a Washington outsider. But as seriously damaged as he may be (thanks to the events of January 6), his support base has only grown whenever he faces scrutiny.

For his supporters, his legal woes mirror their own relationship with the government – a giant, unfair beast that picks and chooses its fights.

Trump is accused of storing sensitive documents—including those concerning matters of national security—in boxes, some even in a shower.

The documents were seized last August when investigators from the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.

The Department of Justice has historically avoided charging people who are running for public office. Whether they should do that is a debate for another day. But it’s happening now. And it’s making it all too easy for Trump to claim there is a concerted campaign to get him away from the White House.

Trump exposed the deep state. IF they exist, they probably don’t want him back in power. Whether they exist doesn’t matter really, because plenty of Trump’s supporters agree with him, and believe the secret state is working against them. Call it QAnon, call it a conspiracy – it doesn’t matter in a democracy.

The DoJ now has to go all in. Failing to secure a conviction would be a serious embarrassment for the department.

This is the second time Trump has been indicted in recent months, yet the opinion polls show he only increases his popularity among MAGA and Republican voters. It leaves the Republican party in a difficult position. Support their leading candidate or support the law?

As other Republicans rallied around the embattled candidate, Trump held on to his loyal base of supporters.

For the Democrats, and for Biden, another reality will soon sink in – if Trump becomes President, and they lose office next year, how will a Trump-run DoJ deal with them?

Broadly, the tit-for-tat one-up-manship of U.S. politics is breaking tradition and potentially breaking the country.

 

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