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 March 2019   
TR Group, New Zealand's giant truck and trailer lease and rental business, is aiming to give electric trucks a boost in NZ by introducing its first three etrucks.

TR says it hopes to increase the uptake of electric trucks here "by providing transport operators easy and risk-free access to trial and learn about this technology."

The company, which has a fleet of 1300 heavy commercial vehicles for rent or lease nationwide, has committed to the etruck launch, having secured funding towards their cost from the Government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

EECA, via the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, will co-fund TR Group in the purchase of three electric 4x2 curtainsiders with tail-lifts and an 11 tonne GVM. The trucks are aimed specifically at the metro pickup and delivery market. 

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TR Group, New Zealand's giant truck and trailer lease and rental business, is aiming to give electric trucks a boost in NZ by introducing its first three etrucks.
TR says it hopes to increase the uptake of electric trucks here "by providing transport operators easy and risk-free access to trial and learn about this technology."
The company, which has a fleet of 1300 heavy commercial vehicles for rent or lease nationwide, has committed to the etruck launch, having secured funding towards their cost from the Government's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
EECA, via the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, will co-fund TR Group in the purchase of three electric 4x2 curtainsiders with tail-lifts and an 11 tonne GVM. The trucks are aimed specifically at the metro pickup and delivery market. 
Says the company: "In turn, TR Group can focus on providing competitive, economical access to electric vehicles while we work to understand the longterm economic viability for heavy commercial electric trucks in NZ. 
"The support of EECA will also assist us while we work on developing preventative maintenance programmes and servicing schedules for these vehicles."
TR Group general manager Brendan King says: "I believe we have a very strong position in the transport industry – one that we've worked hard on over many years, in conjunction with the loyal support of our many customers. 
"Because of this position we believe we have a responsibility to show leadership and help the industry evolve with this type of technology. 
"This means taking risks on their behalf and doing the learning about electric trucks – how they work, what are the pitfalls, what are the advantages, and how to make the most of them. This is what we intend to do."
TR Group managing director Andrew Carpenter says that the trial wouldn't be possible without the support of EECA and the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. 
"We are incredibly excited about the potential positive impact that electric trucks can have in the heavy commercial vehicle sector and look forward to working with our customers to prove out their longterm economic viability and, of course, their positive impact on our environment."
The Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund is an initiative in the Government's electric vehicles programme – aimed at increasing the uptake of electric vehicles in NZ, by offering up to 50% of the funding for specific projects.  


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