FUSO eCanter boosts Vector’s sustainability drive
Sustainability is at the core of Vector’s operations, which is why it joined five other industry leaders in New Zealand’s first Zero Emissions Area (ZEA) trial in Auckland, using the worlds’ first series-produced, fully-electric light-duty truck – FUSO eCanter
The ZEA trial, a joint initiative from major fleet operators Mainfreight, Bidfood, Team Global Logistics, Owens Transport and Vector OnGas, supported by EECA and Fuso New Zealand, was established to reduce air pollution in the lower Queen Street area and provide essential data on the operation of electric trucks for daily inner city delivery runs.
Vector’s FUSO eCanter was used to deliver LPG cylinders to customers in and around the ZEA trial zone.
Mark Toner, Chief Public Policy and Regulatory Officer at Vector, said the trial provided "valuable insights about electricity usage that will inform the wider sector as it transitions into electric vehicles" and will “help improve air quality by feeding into emission reduction strategies in Auckland.”
The ZEA trial complements a wider investigation within Vector’s operations into smart EV charging, with the aim of establishing an efficient electricity demand-management system.
“The trial participants understand that smart EV chargers automate and schedule the most cost-efficient and emissions-friendly time to charge their vehicles, avoiding peak periods at the start and end of the working day, which helps balance the load and smooth peaks on our network, which in turn ensures a more reliable, secure and affordable supply of electricity for all of us.”
The zero on-road emissions FUSO eCanter contributes towards a more sustainable environment while better protecting drivers and other road users thanks to its suite of advanced safety features such as Active Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and Electric Stability Control.
“These safety features appeal greatly to Vector, because we live by a ‘safety always’ priority that comes from a deep concern for the wellbeing of our people and communities,” said a spokesperson.
FUSO representative Kathy Schluter said the ZEA trial was a milestone event in New Zealand.
“Together with our trial partner’s Mainfreight, Bidfood, Team Global Logistics, Owens Transport and Vector OnGas, we have gained great insights and knowledge on our path to making sustainable transport happen in New Zealand” said Schluter.
“Now, over 12-months later, we see eCanter active throughout the country and delivering on this promise”.