Brisbane-based delivery solutions specialist, All Purpose Transport, has launched an electric vehicle for its IKEA operation, the first of its kind in Queensland.
The family-owned business, using a modified Hino converted from diesel to electric will join a fleet of commercial vehicles that averages 8000 deliveries a week.
In March IKEA announced it was committing to renewable energy and the delivery of the Hino 917 powered by a SEA electric drivetrain will run deliveries between the warehouse and its customers.
The emissions free truck takes four hours to charge and has a reported 250km range with a 3.5 tonne payload. It is initially expected to deliver up to 20 orders daily.
IKEA launched its first EV truck in Melbourne last year.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey who attended the launch at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane said it was pleasing to see All Purpose Transport leading the way by supporting clean energy.
"EV is coming, we're behind the rest of the world because of a lack of national policy on this, in Europe people are moving to EV in a big way," he said.
IKEA Australia Store Manager Renea Robson said the truck represented a breakthrough for the company as it focused on achieving zero emissions for its last mile operations by 2025.
"It's a big commitment to move forward but we can't do this if we're not working with likeminded companies like All Purpose Transport who want to preserve the planet for future generations," she said.
All Purpose Transport has partnered with IKEA for ten years.
According to General Manager Paul Kahlert All Purpose Transport led
the way with workforce development was now leading the way with last mile emission free deliveries.
"Our goal is to drive social change and focus on helping the environment,” he said.
“We want to be leading the way in Queensland," he said at the launch."
Kahlert said the new electric vehicle would perform up to 15 deliveries a day whilst significantly reducing noise and carbon emissions to residential areas in Brisbane.