Underground freight: the United States is invaded by electric Australian dollars; LNG is transported in Western Australia; Australian roads are full of pig manure

Beware of American diesel engines! The upcoming Australian electric car invasion! SEA Electric, an electric heavy-duty truck specialist based in Melbourne, Victoria, has just announced that it has responded well to the US launch at the Indiana Work Truck Show in March 2019 and has won multiple orders.
Therefore, if you live or work in Detroit, New York City, Philadelphia or San Francisco, Australian electric trucks may come to cities near you.
SEA Electric has refurbished commercial glider vehicles provided by third parties. A “glider” is a chassis and cab component that is usually not equipped with an engine, transmission and drive shaft. SEA installed its own powertrain into the glider.
The company offers five drive trains that can be adapted to various light commercial vehicles, buses and trucks. The battery is installed in the middle to achieve balance and side impact protection.
On the lighter end of the commercial vehicle market, the company offers SEA EV4, an electric commercial truck. It has a maximum cruising range of 350 kilometers (km) or more than 217 miles, a top speed of 110 km/h (km/h), close to 70 mph, and it can operate at minus 20 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius (-4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit) . The truck has a total vehicle mass of 4,000 kilograms (kg), a payload capacity of 1,300 kg, and a weight of 10.5 cubic meters (nearly 381 cubic feet). The transmission system can provide a continuous power of 75kW and a maximum torque of 700 Newton meters. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 88 kWh, a service life of 10 years, a warranty period of 5 years, and a weight of about 400 kg. In all markets, when the on-board charging device runs at a maximum charging power of 22kW within four hours, it is called “standard”.
SEA Drive 180b is the heavyweight product of the company’s product series. It is installed on the cab/chassis and has a total vehicle weight of 26 tons. The range can reach 300 kilometers. It has an operating temperature range of minus 20 to 45 degrees Celsius, a continuous power of 225kW, and a maximum torque of 3500 Newton meters. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 156kWh, a service life of 10 years, and a warranty period of 5 years. The charging is called “standard” again, and the maximum charging power is 22kW in 10 hours.
The company said its vehicles are “higher cost” but can pay back their investment within two to four years. Operators of SEA Drive vehicles include waste management company Suez and last mile delivery company ANC. ANC represents the Scandinavian giant IKEA to provide plain furniture. According to ANC, trucks using SEA transmission can save about 36 metric tons of carbon emissions, increase the payload by 400 kg to 500 kg, and have a higher cargo box at 2.5 meters. Compared with 10-12, each operation 17 can be delivered per delivery and provide an “improved driver experience” by reducing noise, heat and vibration and a more spacious cab.
Tony Fairweather, a mechanical engineer, said that “the electric car revolution is waiting”. In 2013, the company had offices in Los Angeles, New Zealand, Asia and Europe in addition to its Australian headquarters.
Australian liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Woodside (Woodside) has opened an LNG truck loading facility in the Port of Dampier, Western Australia.
Seven trucks will be loaded with LNG every day. Each truck will transport 80,000 litres of gasoline per day, for a total of 560,000 litres of gasoline. Trucks may be loaded in a three-trailer road train configuration, although the operation of such heavy vehicles is subject to route restrictions. If the factory is converted to 24-hour operation, the supply may be doubled and can be further expanded according to market demand.
The LNG will be delivered to mining operations and remote communities in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. The LNG for trucks will also be used to supply commercial ships operating in coastal areas of Western Australia.
Woodside also hopes that the availability of truck LNG can be used to provide trucks and trains for the heavy transportation sector in the region, and in the future can be provided to the international dry bulk shipping industry.
“The Pluto LNG truck loading facility further demonstrates our commitment to providing domestic natural gas and emphasizes Woodside’s efforts to find new markets for clean LNG. Approximately 3 billion liters of diesel are imported into Pilbara each year, mainly for Mining industry. In addition, ships that export iron ore from the Pilbara to the international market consume about 5 billion liters of heavy fuel oil each year. Woodside believes that the LNG produced in Western Australia can replace those with higher emissions Fuel,” said Meg O’Neill, Woodside’s chief operating officer.
Switching from traditional hydrocarbon fuels to liquefied natural gas (itself fossil fuel) can reduce greenhouse gas carbon dioxide emissions by 30% and reduce local air pollutants nitrous oxide by 90%. This also almost eliminates sulfur dioxide emissions. This is good because sulfur dioxide is the main component of acid rain, which can harm the lungs of animals and people, and damage agriculture and forestry.
Pluto and its sister gas field Zina were discovered near the Pilbara coast in 2005 and 2006. In total, they contain more than 1 trillion cubic feet of dry gas. Pluto produces approximately 4.9 million tons of liquefied natural gas each year. Since its opening in 2012, more than 400 marine liquefied natural gas cargoes have been created.
The “natural gas” in LNG is mainly methane compounds, which are in gas form at room temperature. Cool it to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 161 degrees Celsius) and then liquefy. The liquid state of methane is 1/600 of the volume of methane gas. The reduction in methane volume and the conversion of methane to liquefied natural gas have made this commodity economically transportable.
Truck operator and freight forwarder Northline opened a new A$30 million distribution center in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
The center can take type B doubles (a tractor with two semi-trailers) and road trains (a tractor with three or more semi-trailers, but local route regulations must be followed). The factory covers an area of ​​30,000 square meters, of which 19,525 square meters are covered. The warehouse area is approximately 11,000 square meters. The facility is close to Perth Airport and Kewdale Cargo Terminal. Northline has warehouses in Adelaide, Darwin, Brisbane, Townsville, Sydney and Mackay.
Local police conducted roadside inspections on more than 440 vehicles (including 100 ships!) in Portland Port in western Victoria.
The countermeasure is to check whether operators of heavy vehicles comply with road safety laws. Cargo inspection at the terminal was also carried out. During Operation Crossroads, 67 heavy vehicles were inspected. No truck drove off the road. The police conducted breath tests on 221 people and conducted 72 oral liquid drug tests. No one was found to exceed the limit. But a driver did return a positive result of a roadside drug test.
Over 12,500 license plates were scanned in three days and 70 unlicensed drivers, 22 unregistered vehicles and “75 vehicles of interest to the Sheriff’s Office” were found. A large number of maritime safety inspections have also been conducted on international shipping containers.
Dave Ruth, the Inspector of the Western Region, said: “The Portland Docklands is one of the main hubs for heavy vehicle activities in the western part of the state, so naturally, this will become a focus area… fatigue, speeding Driving, illegal use of drugs, vehicles that are not suitable for driving are still the biggest cause of serious collisions of heavy vehicles, and this behavior may cause fatal consequences. Unsafe trucks, drivers who are willing to take unnecessary risks and willing to do unsafe work Customary employers put a large number of people in the community at risk. This operation is not only related to law enforcement, but also hopes to prevent certain drivers and operators from taking on this by emphasizing the fact that we are actively targeting this activity risk.”
The heavy truck overturned once again caused huge traffic chaos and chaos across Australia. After the truck rolled over at 04:30 (local time) on Monday, April 15, road users in Perth, Western Australia were urged to avoid important road traffic areas. The cause of the crash is unknown, and the truck driver escaped with minor injuries. The local power infrastructure was not so lucky-the prime mover destroyed a light pole and electric wire. The photo shows a very serious prime mover and telephone pole. Congestion increased immediately and it took several hours to relieve the backlog.
A truck driver near Beaufort, a small town in a remote area of ​​Victoria, recently escaped a rolling truck and was lucky to escape. The vehicle (configuration unknown) rolled around at 07:50 am in mid-April. The truck was loaded with fuel, but, fortunately, the load did not escape during the rollover. Participated in the local emergency service.
At the same time, in Kiama near New South Wales, a cement truck rolled over cargo on a seemingly narrow and steep hill sometime before 07:30 in the morning, and diesel from the truck was spilled onto the road. But emergency services used the spilled cement to create a steep embankment to prevent diesel fuel from spreading. The truck driver was taken to the local hospital.
Finally, what most people don’t want to see when driving in the morning is a road full of pig manure. But this is exactly what the users of Hexham-Woorndoo Road get in eastern Victoria. The local police said that the truck was a double B-shaped (tractor/semi-trailer with fifth wheel/semi-trailer) and rolled when turning. The truck driver was not injured. However, the rolling truck cannot grasp its load and dump it on the road.
A policeman quipped to the local media: “I think this road will be very fertile.”
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Post time: Oct-08-2020