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Christchurch City Council project unveils nine Fuso eCanters

Nine New Zealand companies involved in civil maintenance, traffic management and urban delivery recently introduced unique purpose-built Fuso eCanter trucks as part of two emission-reduction projects.

The projects launched by Christchurch City Council and co funded by the Energy Efficient Conservation Authority (EECA) are supported by Fuso New Zealand and commercial vehicle lease specialists TR Group, telematics experts EROAD and renewable electricity generator and EV charging specialists Mercury NZ.

The Civil Construction and Maintenance Services Project involves Citycare Property, Fulton Hogan Ltd, HEB Construction Ltd, Higgins Contractors Ltd, and Isaac Construction Ltd, which all service Christchurch City Council contracts.

The Shopping District Battery Electric Truck Delivery Services Project involves Bidfood, Halls, PBT Transport Ltd and Toll New Zealand.

These companies will deliver goods to the Papanui shopping district, with both Northlands and Northlink Shopping Centres involved, and to the Christchurch Airport shopping district.

The Fuso eCanter electric trucks have been fitted with a variety of application-specific body types. These include chiller bodies for fresh food distribution, curtainsiders for express freight delivery, and a range of flat deck and utility configurations for civil infrastructure, maintenance work and traffic management.

Fuso New Zealand General Manager, Kevin Smith, highlighted the broad scope of body types as a positive demonstration of the versatility and adaptability of the all-electric 6T and 7.5T FUSO eCanter range.

“It has been Fuso New Zealand’s pleasure to work closely from day one with Christchurch City Council to formulate these two projects, and to collaborate with participating businesses and bodybuilders, as well as EROAD and Mercury NZ,” he said.

“The broad range of applications to which these Fuso eCanter trucks have been put to work, and the outstanding body builds on display, demonstrate their adaptability and suitability for emission-free operation across a range of industries,” said Smith.

“It is encouraging to see how the drive towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions is being embraced by diverse transport operators united by a common goal.”

Smith added that he was proud of the Fuso eCanter, which remained the number one choice in its class for operators in New Zealand.

“It has far outsold its nearest competitor since launching in 2021,” said Smith.

“We invite all interested businesses to contact us to discuss how Fuso eCanter can play a role in reducing their Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions.”

Fuso eCanter’s industry-leading versatility is supported by its practical payload capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes and a range of advanced safety features for the greater protection of drivers, other road users and pedestrians.

Operators are also strongly supported by a 6-year / 180,000km warranty.

As the number one selling truck brand in New Zealand, Fuso provides a mature and highly accessible nationwide parts and service network 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Christchurch City Council Resource Efficiency Manager Kevin Crutchley said the projects would provide invaluable learnings not only for the Council and participating business, but for other local councils and the wider transport and civil contracting industries, as well as others.

“We’re gathering practical learnings from the projects, so that truck operators can see how to best use battery electric truck technology for their operations,” said Crutchley.

“It’s important to note that all equipment and plant use from these battery electric vehicles will have zero exhaust emissions,” he continued.

“The projects aim to show what’s possible with the electrification of commercial trucks. With transport making up the majority of our district’s emissions, it’s critical that we find a path towards zero exhaust emission trucks, in addition to battery electric passenger cars.”

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