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Genesis eCanter just the start

Genesis eCanter just the start

NZ Truck & Driver News

 August 2021   

Putting one of the country’s first FUSO eCanters to work is a major step towards Genesis Energy increasing the proportion of electric or hybrid vehicles in its 110-strong truck fleet, the company says.

“Transport contributes approximately 21% of New Zealand’s gross domestic greenhouse gas emissions, but until now there have been very few options to reduce emissions from the heavy truck fleet,” says Cameron Jardine, Genesis GM of LPG and small and medium business. 

“As this is one of the first series-produced fully electric trucks to hit NZ roads we have a lot to learn about how to incorporate electric vehicles into our truck fleet, and what other adjustments we will have to make to get the best out of this new technology.

“Genesis has been working with partners Fuso NZ, Keith Andrews Trucks, and TR Group to bring this new electric truck into service.

“We’re excited by the challenge and the opportunity to apply our experience to help those business customers who may be considering moving to an electric fleet themselves.” 

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Putting one of the country’s first FUSO eCanters to work is a major step towards Genesis Energy increasing the proportion of electric or hybrid vehicles in its 110-strong truck fleet, the company says.

“Transport contributes approximately 21% of New Zealand’s gross domestic greenhouse gas emissions, but until now there have been very few options to reduce emissions from the heavy truck fleet,” says Cameron Jardine, Genesis GM of LPG and small and medium business. 

“As this is one of the first series-produced fully electric trucks to hit NZ roads we have a lot to learn about how to incorporate electric vehicles into our truck fleet, and what other adjustments we will have to make to get the best out of this new technology.

“Genesis has been working with partners Fuso NZ, Keith Andrews Trucks, and TR Group to bring this new electric truck into service.

“We’re excited by the challenge and the opportunity to apply our experience to help those business customers who may be considering moving to an electric fleet themselves.” 

The eCanter is just one part of Genesis’ actions to reduce its transport emissions, he adds: “Our partnership with Zilch, the electric car-sharing service, has allowed us to remove the last of the petrol/diesel vehicles from our passenger fleet.  

“And our new Auckland headquarters has no staff carparks, with the company encouraging all staff to use shared transport, public transport and active transport wherever possible.”

Coincidentally, Daimler Trucks has launched its “eTruck Ready” free smartphone app for use with the eCanter in key European markets. 

The app enables customers to determine which operating profiles and routes are suitable for the electric truck. It records the driving routes of a conventional vehicle, capturing speed, acceleration and altitude profile along the route. 

Parameters such as the payload and the outside temperature can be added afterwards by fleet managers. From this data, the programme generates the respective range and expected power consumption of the eCanter – creating a realistic usage profile for customers.  


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