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Trucks line up to load and unload at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California. Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Beyond passenger cars and pickups: 5 questions answered about electrifying trucks

As California goes on regulating air pollution, other states often follow – including the Golden State’s ambitious goals for cleaning up emissions from trucking.
Amazon workers sort packages for delivery on East 14th Street in New York City, July 12, 2022. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

How many Amazon packages get delivered each year?

The rise of e-commerce means billions of packages are delivered in the US each year. That creates traffic and pollution, but urban freight researchers are finding better way to get goods to customers.
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A rapid shift to electric vehicles can save 24,000 lives and leave us $148bn better off over the next 2 decades

Air pollution from traffic causes the deaths of thousands of Australians. A swift transition to electric vehicles will save lives – and save households and businesses money in the long run.
Truckers and supporters gather in Delta, B.C. on Jan. 23 before departing on a cross-country convoy that arrived in Ottawa five days later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Like the truck-machines in ‘Mad Max,’ the ‘freedom convoy’ relies on access to fuel

The movie franchise ‘Mad Max’ contains a cautionary tale about our over-reliance on fuel for vehicles. This dependence has been highlighted by the ‘freedom convoy’ and its relationships with fuel.
Efficient shipping and storage could prevent a lot of wasted vaccines. AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool

What vaccine distribution planners can learn from Amazon and Walmart

COVID-19 vaccines have very specific storage requirements that make shipping a difficult task. Two ideas – fulfillment centers and cross-docking – could help overcome some distribution challenges.
Truck platooning involves a lead truck with a driver guiding other trucks through vehicle to vehicle communication. cheskyw / 123rf.com

Coming soon to a highway near you: truck platooning

Elon Musk’s new Semi has platooning capability - where multiple trucks commute in a line with a single driver in the lead vehicle. But could it work in Australia?
A fully loaded semitrailer can cause 10,000 times more damage to roads than a family car. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

Australia should follow the lead of other nations like New Zealand and Switzerland and increase the charges for heavy vehicles on roads, proportionate to the amount of wear and tear they cause.

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