PORT of Brisbane Pty Ltd and the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC) have hosted a zero-emissions (ZE) vehicle ride day for port and logistics operators interested in learning more about transitioning to Zero Emissions trucks.

More than 90 people attended the event, the first ride day hosted under the QTLC’s “Future Freight Energy Hub” initiative.

Participants could ride in and experience six zero-emissions trucks and vans and meet with vehicle manufacturers and technical specialists to better understand supportive services such as costing, charging, hydrogen, training and after-market support.

Port of Brisbane chief operating officer Peter Keyte encouraged attendees to take advantage of having so many key industry stakeholders together.

“Port of Brisbane is very pleased to be the first of QTLC’s identified freight hubs to bring together their stakeholders for a zero-emissions vehicle ride day – and today we’ve welcomed port customers, operators who service the port and those from further afield,” Mr Keyte said.

“Zero-emission vehicles are here, and we know they’re going to become a more common sight on roads and ports around the country. As port manager, one of the things we can do in the journey to zero emission vehicles is to bring our customers and stakeholders together to help break down barriers and provide information and connections to help smooth the transition.”

QTLC chief executive officer Lauren Hewitt said, “We already know that in a range of applications, a shift to Zero Emissions makes financial sense now – but it’s not a simple and straightforward transition. Today was all about bringing together technical experts from the surrounding zero-emissions ecosystem so that investment and infrastructure is informed and targeted.”