Our Future || Cargo transport on track to take charge

For regional Australians, transport is an essential part of life.

It's how food, clothes and any other commodities are moved from CBDs to regional centres.

So how cargo is transported within your local town is pretty important, because whatever it costs to get goods to shops is an expense you pay for at the checkout.

With much talk lately around the car-industry going electric it makes you question, what's in store for the future of trucks, vans and utes?

Just like cars, these vehicles are on track to an electric-powered future.

Earlier this month, an Australian assembled prototype electric van called the Cargo was launched in Sydney by Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicles (ACE EV).

The van is estimated to cost customers $40,000 and has a range of up to 330km on a single charge for the largest battery model.

What's more, the energy efficiency of the van means running costs can be reduced by 85 per cent. Not only will drivers benefit financially, but we can expect to see retailers reap benefits of paying less for the transport of their products.

The most exciting thing about electric-powered cargo vehicles is that they are starting to creep into the market for everyday Australians.

They are the perfect fit for couriers, home nurses, government agencies, florists, caterers and anyone who needs to transport goods for their job.

Tradies can even use the vehicle battery to charge their power tools.

Now while all these benefits sound amazing, there's not much point in discussing them if electric cars, vans, utes and trucks aren't easily accessible to the general public.

That's why more support is needed to help transition Australia from internal combustion engines to electric motors.

In a country that is already feeling the impacts of climate change through drought, heatwaves and bushfires, we must lead the charge when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.

This starts with all levels of government, who must start putting plans into place to accommodate the massive influx of electric vehicles coming our way.

Everyone else can get involved by supporting EVs and booking online to trial an electric-powered vehicle.

Electric vehicles are good for business, they reduce carbon footprints, will improve the transport of goods, have low running costs and are much friendlier environmentally.

Greg McGarvie is a founding director of Australian Clean Energy Electric Vehicles.