Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council engaged ITP Renewables early in 2021 to provide advice on decarbonising its fleet of cars and heavy mobile equipment. The project comprised a snapshot of current technological and market development, and a simple decision making tool to assist Council fleet managers.
ITP considered battery electric vehicles (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) and hybrids. We found that BEVs and PHEVs are sufficiently developed to meet Council needs subject to use case. Hybrids offer no significant advantage over conventional vehicles, and hydrogen technology has not developed sufficiently to meet Council needs.
We then assessed the suitability of BEVs and PHEVs for use as passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, heavy trucks, heavy plant, and specialist equipment. ITP found that BEVs and PHEVs are viable for passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles subject to use case. Some specialist vehicles, in particular garbage trucks and buses, could also be considered for transition. We found that heavy trucks, heavy plant, and other specialist vehicles are not suitable for transition yet.