The trial began in November 2022, leveraging the Janus Electric converted prime mover, carting sand and aggregates from Holcim’s plants across Brisbane and Southeast Queensland. The trial tested the economic viability, reliability, and performance of the vehicle.
CHL’s General Manager - Operations, Jordan Barratt, said that there was a clear pathway to commercialisation of the technology in heavy haulage applications.
“We have been operating the Janus Electric truck in short-haul, back-to-base scenarios at the and found that it can meet our operational requirements. Our goal is to deploy ten trucks in Southeast Queensland by early 2024, which will be the largest fleet of its kind in Australia. With support from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Queensland Transport and Main Roads, and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, we believe this is very achievable,” Mr Barratt said.
While the trial has exceeded expectations, Janus Electric CEO, Lex Forsyth said that there is more to be done to enable greater adoption of this technology in Australia.