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Which will be the engine of the future?

Truck manufacturers are under immense pressure to cut emissions. But should they bet on fully electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells…
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Robot rollout begins in NZ

DHL Supply Chain has deployed a warehouse automation solution at its distribution centre in Highbrook, Auckland, NZ. Using technology from…
Featured image for “Australia´s first eFuels plant announced”

Australia´s first eFuels plant announced

HIF Tasmania eFuels facility is expected to start producing up to 100 million liters of carbon neutral eFuels per year…
Featured image for “Developing world’s first hydrogen vertical lift off plane”

Developing world’s first hydrogen vertical lift off plane

A Sydney-based aerospace company founded by a husband and wife designer team has received AU$5.43 million to develop a world-first…
Featured image for “Autonomous trucks cutting a path in forestry sector”

Autonomous trucks cutting a path in forestry sector

In an untamed Quebec forest, a Canada lynx watches curiously from the bush as a platoon of Mack Granite logging…
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Wood Transport & Logistics 2024 dates announced

Last year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe…
Featured image for “TR Group revises hydrogen truck deal with Hyzon”

TR Group revises hydrogen truck deal with Hyzon

TR Group has signed a revised commercial agreement with US-based hydrogen truck startup Hyzon Motors for the delivery of up…
Featured image for “Isuzu showcases future of transport at Mobility Show”

Isuzu showcases future of transport at Mobility Show

Isuzu Motors displayed its heavy-duty Giga Fuel Cell truck and N Series battery electric model at the Japan Mobility Show…
Featured image for “Semi-truck same turning circle as Tesla Model Y”

Semi-truck same turning circle as Tesla Model Y

Tesla has been a pivotal part of changing the perception of EVs by getting millions of attractive zero-emission vehicles on…
Featured image for “Benefits of improved connectivity and telematics”

Benefits of improved connectivity and telematics

Connectivity and telematic technologies used in the trucking industry have advanced significantly in recent years – and with them, other…
Featured image for “Mercedes-Benz premieres long-haul eActros”

Mercedes-Benz premieres long-haul eActros

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has unveiled the series version battery electric long-haul eActros 600 which, according to the company, is set to…
Featured image for “Five hydrogen trucks for Ikea Australian operations”

Five hydrogen trucks for Ikea Australian operations

Furniture giant Ikea has revealed plans to use hydrogen trucks to cut its transport emissions, just one week after adding…
Featured image for “Tesla Semi e truck does 1,732 km in a single day”

Tesla Semi e truck does 1,732 km in a single day

Tesla Semi is one of the most innovative products to hit the market in the heavy trucking sector in recent…
Featured image for “Semi-truck same turning circle as Tesla Model Y”

Semi-truck same turning circle as Tesla Model Y

Tesla has been a pivotal part of changing the perception of EVs by getting millions of attractive zero-emission vehicles on…
Featured image for “New standards to make Australian trucks safer”

New standards to make Australian trucks safer

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) welcomes the announcement by the Australian Government of increased width limits for trucks fitted…
Featured image for “Emissions calculator for NZ transport fleets”

Emissions calculator for NZ transport fleets

EROAD’s latest Sustainability Survey shows business fleets are still lagging on emission reduction and that access to better data through…
Featured image for “Battery factory opened to meet 50% electric target”

Battery factory opened to meet 50% electric target

Whilst Scania are not the only truck manufacturer moving towards electrification of their model range, they are one of the…
Featured image for “Early EOI – Wood Transport & Logistics 2024”

Early EOI – Wood Transport & Logistics 2024

This year, well over 250 forestry and log transport delegates from companies across Australasia, North and South America and Europe…
Featured image for “Fabrum to supply 1MW hydrogen refuelling station”

Fabrum to supply 1MW hydrogen refuelling station

Fabrum to supply 1MW electrolyser Hydrogen Refuelling Station package for hydrogen production and dispensing, with a unique double pressure system…
Featured image for “The commercial transport revolution – it’s underway”

The commercial transport revolution – it’s underway

Advanced technology will pave the way to exceed what was previously thought possible. The commercial transportation industry faces rapidly changing…
Featured image for “Powering vehicles of the future – hydrogen vs electric”

Powering vehicles of the future – hydrogen vs electric

Trelleborg enters the discussion on which technologies will be appropriate to power the vehicles of the future. Pick any data…
Featured image for “Hydrogen engines -a viable alternative to electric”

Hydrogen engines -a viable alternative to electric

JCB has made a second major breakthrough in proving the wider appeal of hydrogen combustion technology. This has been achieved…
Featured image for “All new German trucks battery-electric by 2035?”

All new German trucks battery-electric by 2035?

All new trucks being registered in Germany from 2035 could be battery-electric if a broad-scale charging network is available by…
Featured image for “EV graveyards in China – what’s up?”

EV graveyards in China – what’s up?

Something isn’t quite right over in China. Footage has emerged showing fields of cars, predominantly electric vehicles, just sitting there.…
Featured image for “Accelerating Australia’s hydrogen-transport future”

Accelerating Australia’s hydrogen-transport future

A new report released by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and GHD Advisory calls for Australia to focus on hydrogen-powered…
Featured image for “Battery swapping boosts Chinese electric truck market”

Battery swapping boosts Chinese electric truck market

China is widely known as the world’s largest market for electric cars and buses, but did you know that it’s…
Featured image for “MOTAT steam tram powered by trees”

MOTAT steam tram powered by trees

It’s out with the coal and in with the biofuel for steam tram no. 100, which will operate on a…
Featured image for “Mercedes-Benz eActros begins NZ testing”

Mercedes-Benz eActros begins NZ testing

A fully electric 19-tonne Mercedes-Benz eActros has arrived in New Zealand for validation testing with Daimler Truck dealer network partners.…
Featured image for “MAN long distance e-trucks production starts in 2024”

MAN long distance e-trucks production starts in 2024

Long-distance trucks should be able to be fully charged during the drivers’ 45-minute driving time break. MAN will start production…
Featured image for “Volvo delivers 74 tonnes electric truck”

Volvo delivers 74 tonnes electric truck

More haulage companies are now starting to invest in electric trucks, including for heavy transport. Volvo Trucks has delivered an…
Featured image for “First Australian hydrogen refuelling for heavy trucks”

First Australian hydrogen refuelling for heavy trucks

Industrial gas company Coregas has installed a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy trucks in Port Kembla, NSW to fuel up…
Featured image for “Huge electric and hydrogen haul trucks tested”

Huge electric and hydrogen haul trucks tested

Iron ore and green energy giant Fortescue Metals says it is rolling out its first prototype three megawatt fast charger…
Featured image for “Hydrogen truck – second in world for commercial operations”

Hydrogen truck – second in world for commercial operations

It sails up the Bombay Hills, accelerates faster than fossil fuel vehicles, and incurs less driver fatigue – some of…
Featured image for “Successful testing for truck platooning project”

Successful testing for truck platooning project

FPInnovations has announced the completion of the baseline phase for its truck platooning tests. The truck platooning project aims to…
Featured image for “Discover Forestry NZ launched”

Discover Forestry NZ launched

New Zealand’s eight Wood Councils have joined forces to launch the joint forest education organisation – Discover Forestry New Zealand.…
Featured image for “Tesla cybertruck lands in NZ for winter testing”

Tesla cybertruck lands in NZ for winter testing

And for all you vehicle or ute enthusiasts out there, Tesla’s Cybertruck is one of the most talked about vehicles…
Featured image for “Faster than diesel? Battery swaping electric trucks!”

Faster than diesel? Battery swaping electric trucks!

Electric trucks take too long to recharge, right? Well, not if you swap out the batteries! As part of the…
Featured image for “Australia urged to electrify truck fleets before cars”

Australia urged to electrify truck fleets before cars

An articulated truck will burn through 40 times more fuel and generate 50 times more CO2 than a passenger car.…
Featured image for “Australia’s road rules hampering electric trucks”

Australia’s road rules hampering electric trucks

Australia’s archaic road rules, and its unique weight restrictions on trucks, have emerged as a major stumbling block to moves…
Featured image for “NZ$450m fully automated warehouse investment”

NZ$450m fully automated warehouse investment

Cardinal Logistics is investing more than NZ$450 million in developing New Zealand’s first fully automated third-party logistics (3PL) warehouse in…
Featured image for “AU$10m to build Australia’s first movable hydrogen generator”

AU$10m to build Australia’s first movable hydrogen generator

Australia needs hydrogen to help reach net zero emissions by 2050, and ground-breaking new technology could help reshape the nation’s…
Featured image for “Event Summary – Wood Transport & Logistics 2023”

Event Summary – Wood Transport & Logistics 2023

Wood Transport & Logistics 2023 returned to a packed audience, a car park full of large rigs and a range…
Featured image for “Methods for Measuring Wood Fiber: Key Points and Benefits of Choosing Wisely”

Methods for Measuring Wood Fiber: Key Points and Benefits of Choosing Wisely

The measurement of solid volume is becoming increasingly critical in the wood trading in the forestry industry for two main…
Featured image for “TRT Made Possible Brand Promise”

TRT Made Possible Brand Promise

Overcoming challenges is precisely how TRT got started. Clever, practical people solving complex engineering problems with ingenuity and relentless hard…
Featured image for “HW Richardson green hydrogen gains oxygen”

HW Richardson green hydrogen gains oxygen

There’s a lot riding on what will be the first green hydrogen production and refuelling station in the South Island.…
Featured image for “Metsä Group looks to rail for log transport”

Metsä Group looks to rail for log transport

VR’s first train with an electric locomotive transporting roundwood arrived for test runs at Metsä Group’s new Euro2.02 billion Kemi…
Featured image for “New automatic chain throwing & tensioning system”

New automatic chain throwing & tensioning system

WASP, has developed new technology that removes the truck driver from the hazards of throwing chains over their load, allowing…
Featured image for “First trainload of timber arrives for snowy region mills”

First trainload of timber arrives for snowy region mills

The first trainload of Walcha softwood sawlogs has arrived by rail in Wagga, bound for timber mills in the snowy…
Featured image for “Hydrogen – part of a greener use for forestry residues”

Hydrogen – part of a greener use for forestry residues

David Robinson is the business development manager for Taylors Contracting and has 18 years of experience in senior management roles…
Featured image for “Dual fuel truck powered by diesel and hydrogen gas”

Dual fuel truck powered by diesel and hydrogen gas

New Zealand’s largest privately owned transport company has launched what is believed to be Australasia’s first dual fuel truck which…
Featured image for “Log Haulage Skills resources being created”

Log Haulage Skills resources being created

ForestWorks has commenced work on a project to update the forest industry’s Log Haulage Manual and produce instructional videos to…
Featured image for “Green hydrogen powering NZ’s future”

Green hydrogen powering NZ’s future

Is New Zealand the next Glass Onion? The famous movie depicts a false idea of the future, using tiny particles…
Featured image for “Seeds planted for greener trucking future”

Seeds planted for greener trucking future

As we’ve reported recently, an innovative SA operator is taking charge, putting the first battery electric logging truck operating in…
Featured image for “Rising costs driving fleet management evolution”

Rising costs driving fleet management evolution

A Teletrac Navman survey of more than 1,800 global fleet operators has revealed that rising fuel costs (39%), disruption due…
Featured image for “World’s second electric log truck launched in Australia”

World’s second electric log truck launched in Australia

Australia’s first electric log truck has arrived in Mount Gambier, as Fennell Forestry cuts a new path towards a carbon-free…
Featured image for “A unique opportunity for young foresters”

A unique opportunity for young foresters

This new opportunity comes with a free conference registration – up to about five of them in fact for –…
Featured image for “The future of electric semi trucks”

The future of electric semi trucks

Canadian Company takes the transportation industry by storm. Edison Motors is a revolutionary company that specializes in the design, development,…
Featured image for “Brazilian log transport options being showcased”

Brazilian log transport options being showcased

Raptor® is a forestry product line made of steel components, produced by a Brazilian company called Unylaser. Unylaser will be…
Featured image for “Tevva hydrogen-electric truck clocks 560km”

Tevva hydrogen-electric truck clocks 560km

While Tevva’s laser-guided focus remains trained on building and delivering its battery-electric 7.5-ton vehicle, testing, and development of its hydrogen-electric…
Featured image for “Practical log transport & measurement workshops”

Practical log transport & measurement workshops

As detailed in earlier issues, has been set up for forestry, log transport and wood logistics companies from across Australasia.…
Featured image for “Kenworth celebrates century of truck making”

Kenworth celebrates century of truck making

From logging truck beginnings to battery-electric trucks and fuel cell pilots Kenworth, which began as a maker of logging trucks…
Featured image for “New consortium set up for zero-emission aviation”

New consortium set up for zero-emission aviation

Six international businesses have launched a new consortium to bring zero-emission aviation to life in New Zealand. The Hydrogen Consortium’s…
Featured image for “$23M raised to advance hydrogen technologies”

$23M raised to advance hydrogen technologies

New Zealand company Fabrum, a world leader in zero-emission transition technologies to enable a lower-carbon economy, announced its $23M Series…
Featured image for “Local testing draws near for Mercedes-Benz”

Local testing draws near for Mercedes-Benz

The first all-electric Mercedes-Benz trucks bound for Australia and New Zealand have rolled off the production line. Mercedes-Benz Trucks will…
Featured image for “Hydrogen technology to debut on international stage”

Hydrogen technology to debut on international stage

JCB will feature its new hydrogen combustion engine—the company’s solution for zero carbon emissions for construction and agricultural equipment on…
Featured image for “NZ supply chain grappling with 40,000 empty containers”

NZ supply chain grappling with 40,000 empty containers

New Zealand is currently facing a problem with the de-hiring of empty shipping containers with an estimated 40,000 unused containers…
Featured image for “AU$1b deal to electrify 8500 Toyotas for mining”

AU$1b deal to electrify 8500 Toyotas for mining

SEA Electric has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with systems integrator MEVCO, which specialises in battery electric light commercial…
Featured image for “Transport trends fleet companies can’t ignore in 2023”

Transport trends fleet companies can’t ignore in 2023

Global transport is on the cusp of substantial changes driven by constant innovation in technology, the need to deliver more,…
Featured image for “Biggest order for electric trucks in Australia”

Biggest order for electric trucks in Australia

Australian freight giant Team Global Express has made the biggest order for electric trucks in Australia after landing an AU$20…
Featured image for “Hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Hilux”

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered Toyota Hilux

A consortium of British engineering and industry bodies is developing a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of the Toyota Hilux…
Featured image for “Major log transport event planned for May 2023”

Major log transport event planned for May 2023

In log transport, we continue to ramp up coverage of an array of new innovations in electric, hydrogen and diesel-hybrid…
Featured image for “Mining industry electrification accelerated under deal”

Mining industry electrification accelerated under deal

NZX-listed Scott Technology has an agreement with construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar to develop an automated connection system to…
Featured image for “Tesla truck completes 800km trip with full load”

Tesla truck completes 800km trip with full load

Tesla has completed an 800-kilometre drive of its soon-to-be-delivered electric Semi with more than 36 tonnes in gross vehicle weight.…
Featured image for “Södra launches electric transport initiative”

Södra launches electric transport initiative

Södra is launching a major initiative to electrify the operation’s transportation. A new project will study the future potential to…
Featured image for “Forestry industry’s first driver drop in day”

Forestry industry’s first driver drop in day

Softwood forest growers of Southern NSW and North East Victoria joined forces with one of their major customers, Hyne Timber,…
Featured image for “OneFortyOne’s woodchips set sail for Japan”

OneFortyOne’s woodchips set sail for Japan

In New Zealand, OneFortyOne’s Kaituna Sawmill and its partners celebrated its first export shipment of woodchip out of Port Marlborough…
Featured image for “Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel”

Natural gas versus hydrogen as a transport fuel

Many commercial fleet operators are thinking about transitioning their vehicles to hydrogen or natural gas engines. These fuels can be…
Featured image for “Volvo shocks with 2026 electric car deadline”

Volvo shocks with 2026 electric car deadline

Car giant Volvo has shocked the motoring industry, announcing plans to stop selling petrol vehicles in Australia by 2026, with…
Featured image for “Volvo Group to produce battery modules at truck plant”

Volvo Group to produce battery modules at truck plant

Volvo Group is investing 75 million euro (NZ$126m) to develop battery module production at its truck plant in Ghent, Belgium.…
Featured image for “World trucking experience to be changed forever!”

World trucking experience to be changed forever!

Tesla Semi Hitting the Market. The Tesla Semi Truck is a fully electric vehicle that features an “autopilot” mode to…
Featured image for “Stark warning to NZ trucking businesses”

Stark warning to NZ trucking businesses

Costs for NZ road transport businesses have risen almost four times higher than inflation in the last quarter, according to…
Featured image for “Charging into the future with electric vehicles”

Charging into the future with electric vehicles

Lots of excitement and lots of challenges. Talk to manufacturers engaged in the fast-moving electric vehicle industry and both descriptions…
Featured image for “Log load measurements –green metric tonnes to m3”

Log load measurements –green metric tonnes to m3

Logmeter, is an automatic system that delivers in real-time high-precision volume measurements and estimates biometrics characteristics of wood logs loaded…
Featured image for “AFPA committee drives transport safety initiatives”

AFPA committee drives transport safety initiatives

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Growers Chamber’s Work, Health and Safety Subcommittee (WHSS) has helped drive two new initiatives…
Featured image for “Diesel-electric hybrid trucks for Canadian logging industry”

Diesel-electric hybrid trucks for Canadian logging industry

If one guy can call his electric-car company Tesla, why not call theirs Edison, a couple of Merritt entrepreneurs figured.…

New methanol-capable vessel announced

MOVE Logistics Group (MOVE) is going full steam ahead on green coastal shipping solutions for New Zealand with procurement approved and underway for a new methanol-capable vessel. Earlier this year, MOVE successfully secured NZ$10 million in co-investment funds from transport agency Waka Kotahi to support coastal shipping initiatives that improve…
Featured image for “Volvo marks series production on heavy-duty EVs”

Volvo marks series production on heavy-duty EVs

Swedish manufacturer Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of its heavy-duty electric models with global deliveries set to ramp up. …
Featured image for “Fennell Forestry commissions world’s 2nd electric log truck”

Fennell Forestry commissions world’s 2nd electric log truck

Fennell Forestry, the Mount Gambier based harvest and haulage company has commissioned the world’s second ever electric log truck, in…
Featured image for “Battery or hydrogen? Truck makers battle it out”

Battery or hydrogen? Truck makers battle it out

Soaring fuel prices and greener policies have given electric vehicles (EVs) a serious boost in recent years. Now the attention…