eCanter rebate creates opportunity to cut emissions

In News, Fuso2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 17, 2023

Fuso New Zealand is offering a ‘while stocks last’ rebate on the eCanter, significantly reducing the entry cost for operators.

Businesses that employ light-duty trucks and that are looking to reduce their emissions and operating costs can now add a Fuso eCanter (cab/chassis) to their fleet on a six-year lease of $149,900+GST ($3328/month), after the special rebate offer is applied.

“We have been in long-running discussions with a number of parties, including lease companies and the Government, which has created the opportunity to significantly reduce the acquisition cost of these units,” said Fuso New Zealand managing director Kurtis Andrews.

“In correspondence with transport minister Michael Wood, we have urged him to give serious consideration to the implementation of a Clean Commercial Vehicle rebate, as there has been for passenger vehicles.

“While the Government considers this request, we have decided to move forward with our own rebate, which effectively reduces the price of a new eCanter by $80,100,” he said.

“The new pricing means the cost of ownership is pretty much the same as its diesel equivalent with the additional benefit of reducing the operators’ emissions and those of their customers.”

Over a six-year period, a FUSO eCanter can deliver a total cost of operation saving over the purchase of an equivalent diesel model.

“We have limited stock available on a first-come, first-served basis. There has been significant interest in eCanter since its launch, so we’re expecting demand to be strong,” said Andrews.

Launched in New Zealand in 2019, Fuso eCanter was the world’s first series produced electric truck and more than 400 are in operation worldwide. It offers a 7.5-tonne GVM, a full suite of safety features and range of 100-150km on a single charge. Users in New Zealand are currently exempt from Road User Charges.

Large operators such as Mainfreight, Bidfood, Fulton Hogan and Genesis Energy have had eCanter in their operations for the past 12-months.