NZ Truck and Driver News

A surge of interest in bringing electric trucks to market in New Zealand – and in big numbers – has seen the announcement of plans to launch etrucks from giant Chinese manufacturer BYD here.


BYD declares itself “the global leader in battery-electric trucks, with nearly 10,000 electric trucks in service across North America, South America, Asia and Europe.”


The announcement has come soon after confirmation from Fuso NZ that it has the okay from FUSO – Daimler Trucks’ etruck specialist – to market up to 100 eCanters here, with the first batch of the battery-electric light-duty FUSOs due here by year’s end.


A joint statement by BYD and Australian new-energy transport supplier Nexport says that they – in company with funding partner Macquarie Group’s Corporate and Asset Finance – have signed a deal to bring BYD light trucks to Australia and NZ.


And Nexport managing director Luke Todd says that “we will start delivering the first batch of 200 trucks late this year.”


Initially it will offer BYD’s T5 and T6 models, with 4.5 tonne to seven-tonne GVMs.


And it plans on “moving into medium and large-size trucks in early 2020, with rubbish collection and sea and airport-suitable trucks being the next stage.”


Nexport says it has responsibility for sales and distribution of the BYD etrucks in NZ and Australia, calling on its previous experience with electric buses and cars.


The announcement by BYD and Nexport says that the agreement amounts to the largest largest electric commercial vehicle order in Australia to date – and BYD’s largest Asia-Pacific order.


BYD says it has been selling its K9 electric buses in Australia since 2016, with an order for Sydney Airport….which resulted in an additional 40 buses. Its ebuses also operate in Canberra and at Brisbane airport....




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