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New Zealand’s first zero emissions truck trial kicks off

EROAD is proud to partner with FUSO in New Zealand's first zero emissions truck trial of it's kind.

The 100% electric FUSO eCanter vehicles will be trialled over the next year by Mainfreight, Bidfood, Toll Global Express, Owens Transport and Vector OnGas as part of the Auckland Inner City Zero Emissions Area trial.

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Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the electric trucks will pave the way for reduced carbon emissions and will contribute to improved air quality in Auckland’s city centre. 

“Transport makes up more than 40 per cent of Auckland’s emissions profile. The shift towards emissions-free vehicles is a critical step towards meeting our climate change goals,” he says. 

EROAD’s Executive General Manager, Tony Warwood adds that fleet managers and businesses want to know what it really takes to run electric trucks as part of a commercial fleet, and EROAD’s technology is critical. 

“The NZ government has pledged to halve emissions by 2030. The transport sector will need to adapt, and electric vehicles are just one of the ways we can reduce emissions. This trial will help the participating companies better understand what it takes to run electric trucks as part of their fleet, and we hope that the insights we build together over the next year will encourage more companies to consider adopting electric trucks.” 

FUSO NZ’s group manager of sales and customer experience, Kathy Schluter, says that the ZEA Trial launch marks another significant milestone in the important journey towards successfully integrating fully-electric trucks into New Zealand’s commercial fleet. 

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“We are incredibly proud and excited to see FUSO’s eCanter leading the charge in the first trial of its kind in New Zealand.” “The all-electric eCanter is ideal for inner city delivery – emission-free, virtually silent, and equipped with advanced safety systems. It will deliver considerable benefits for local residents and workers along with the wide variety of freight it is built to carry. 

“The trial sets the scene for the future, particularly for the early adopters who have committed to joining us on this journey. We would like to thank all of our partners in this important project and very much look forward to seeing the results.” 

The fleet of FUSO eCanters have EROAD’s Ehubo 2.0 installed, with full access to the MyEROAD platform. Providing the fleet managers with real-time GPS tracking, driver behaviour alerts and performance reporting.

 

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