New Zealand turns to Fuso eCanter for emissions reduction initiative


Fuso provided new eCanter trucks for historic Christchurch initiatives

The popular all-electric truck will help Christchurch reduce emissions.

Nine New Zealand companies involved in civil maintenance, traffic management and urban delivery recently introduced purpose-built Fuso eCanter trucks as part of two Christchurch City Council emissions reduction projects co-funded by the Energy Efficient Conservation Authority (EECA).

The industry-leading Fuso eCanter all-electric trucks have been fitted with a variety of application-specific body types.

These include chiller bodies for fresh food distribution, tarpaulin trucks for express freight delivery and a range of flat deck and utility configurations for civil infrastructure, maintenance work and management. traffic.

Fuso New Zealand Managing Director Kevin Smith says the wide range of body types is a positive demonstration of the versatility and adaptability of the all-electric Fuso eCanter 6T and 7.5T range.

“It has been a pleasure for Fuso New Zealand to work closely from day one with Christchurch City Council to formulate these two projects and to collaborate with the participating companies and bodybuilders, as well as EROAD and Mercury NZ,” said said Smith.

“The wide range of applications for which these Fuso eCanter trucks have been put to work, and the exceptional body constructions on display, demonstrate their adaptability and suitability for emission-free operation in a range of industries.

“We are also extremely proud that Fuso eCanter is the number one choice in its category for operators in New Zealand. It has significantly outperformed its closest competitor since its launch in 2021.”

The advanced versatility of the Fuso eCanter is supported by its payload capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a range of advanced safety features to better protect drivers, other road users and pedestrians. Operators are also strongly backed by a 6-year/180,000 km warranty.

Both projects have been developed in collaboration between Christchurch City Council (CCC) and Fuso New Zealand and are co-funded by EECA with support from commercial vehicle rental specialists TR Group, telematics experts EROAD and specialists renewable electricity generators and Mercury NZ electric vehicle charging.

Christchurch City Council’s resource efficiency manager, Kevin Crutchley, said the projects would provide invaluable lessons not only for the council and participating businesses, but also for other local councils and the transport and services industries. civil contracts in the broad sense, as well as for others.

“We’re collating practical lessons learned from the projects, so truck drivers can see how best to use battery electric truck technology for their operations,” Crutchley said.

“It is important to note that all equipment and facilities used by these battery electric vehicles will have zero exhaust emissions.

“The projects aim to show what is possible with the electrification of commercial trucks. With transportation making up the majority of our district’s emissions, it’s critical that we find a path to zero-tailpipe emissions trucks.”

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