New Zealand’s first zero-emissions truck trial kicks off

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineNovember 12, 2021

The Auckland Inner City Zero Emissions Area Trial has kicked off, signifying New Zealand’s first trial for 100% electric trucks.

The trial follows the arrival of the first Fuso eCanter 100% electric trucks – five of which are being used by trial participants Mainfreight, Bidfood, Toll Global Express, Owens Transport and Vector OnGas.

The one-year trial will see the integration of the fully electric trucks into New Zealand’s commercial fleet to deliver goods in the inner city.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said 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% of Auckland’s emissions profile. The shift towards emissions-free vehicles is a critical step towards meeting our climate change goals,” he said.

“This trial will complement emissions-reduction work already underway by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport, including the rollout of emissions-free electric buses across our transport network. It will also contribute towards our vision of creating a zero-emissions area in Auckland’s city centre.”

Earlier this year, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority approved co-funding for the five Fuso eCanter trucks – to support the development of New Zealand’s zero-emission transport fleet.

The trial will support the integration of electric trucks into transport and delivery systems, with support from EECA, commercial vehicle lease specialists TR Group, and telematics experts EROAD.

Fuso NZ group manager of sales and customer experience, Kathy Schluter, said 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”.

“The all-electric eCanter is ideal for inner city delivery – emissions-free, virtually silent, and equipped with advanced safety systems,” she said.

“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 we very much look forward to seeing the results.”