After five years of preparation in New Zealand and more than three million kilometres of road testing internationally,
FUSO is thrilled to announce the arrival of six of the world’s first series-produced with integrated safety features,
fully electric light trucks at the Auckland Port on Saturday.
The arrival of FUSO’s eCanter trucks marks the first tangible milestone of an approved electric truck trial for inner
city deliveries – the eCanter ZEA Auckland City Project. This is the largest electric truck trial to date held in New
Zealand having successfully secured co funding through the government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, which is
administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The one-year trial will officially start around July 2021 in Auckland central city. FUSO, in partnership with EROAD, has
collaborated with major fleet operators Mainfreight, Bidfood, Toll Group, Owens Transport and Vector OnGas. The
operators will use the eCanter trucks for inner-city delivery routes working with their customers and drivers to
optimise the potential of their trucks, develop insights into optimum scheduling and vehicle capacity, and to identify
solutions to any unanticipated barriers to electric truck operation in the proposed Zero Emissions Area (ZEA).
Kathy Schluter, FUSO’s GM of Sales and Customer Experience, says she is proud to be collaborating with a such a wide
variety of credible, future thinking brands, and is hopeful that the ZEA trial will form a benchmark for other
businesses who may be considering a transition to sustainable vehicle fleets.
“The arrival of our breakthrough eCanter trucks to Auckland is a momentous and hugely significant milestone for New
Zealand transport. FUSO’s commitment to the delivery of electric trucks in New Zealand will amplify our country’s
renewable electricity advantage, and accelerate the need to decarbonise vehicle fleets to deliver on the Government’s
climate change goals.
“Nimble, quiet and environmentally friendly, the trucks are specifically made for the city environment. We are delighted
to team up with our major clients to learn and lead together to deliver a sustainable future for our country,” says
EECA’s Transport Portfolio Manager, Richard Briggs, says “The high-density urban environment the trucks will operate in
will be a robust test ground. The trial will demonstrate how these trucks perform, and reveal associated lower costs,
such as expected reduced maintenance and servicing. Importantly, the project will give an insight into how participating
businesses will operate their trucks considering the different work profiles for each vehicle, scheduling runs around
the need to charge, and the behavioural aspects of going electric.”
Auckland Transport has been an essential endorser of FUSO’s contribution to the ZEA trial. Shane Ellison, Chief
Executive, says he is confident that the learnings obtained from operating eCanters in the area will help to fast track
the Auckland City Centre Masterplan, which sets out to address the city centre's air pollution problem by reducing
Internal Combustion Engine vehicles.
“Auckland Transport has a vision of a low-emissions transport network and Fuso’s e-Canter trial project has real
potential to contribute to this goal. We are thrilled to support this exciting trial”.
The trial will provide evidence to support the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi business cases, legislative change and
policy implementation planning required for Auckland to successfully implement the ZEA, not to mention provide
confidence to freight operators that they can, and should, continue their businesses with electric trucks”, says
While the cornerstone of the new eCanters is sustainability, it also provides major protection to drivers and other road
users with advanced safety features such as Active Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning System and Electronic