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Let’s get moving
Posted on 23-Sep-2021

Elimination as the strategy for fighting against Covid-19 came to an end in New Zealand this week. Of course, the Prime Minister didn’t officially announce it at one of her 1pm daily party political broadcasts, because this Government hedges around any change in course for fear of looking like they might have been wrong about something.

 However, the decision to drop Auckland to Level 3 while there are still active daily cases in the community, and a prisoner was allowed to hop over the border and infect his family in the Waika...

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Big Step Forward For Cross Valley Link
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

The endorsement of the Cross Valley Connections Programme Business Case by the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Board is fantastic news, says Chris Bishop, National List MP based in Hutt South.

“The Cross Valley Link has been talked about since the 1960s and is a critical project for decongesting the Hutt, improving public transport, taking trucks off the Esplanade, and improving walking and cycling.

“I have campaigned strongly for the Cross Valley Link since 2014 and alongside Melling and Petone to Grenada, it is part of the “...

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Electric Volvo truck sets guinness world record for distance on one charge
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

Volvo FH has  set a new distance record  for an electric truck covering 1,099km on a single charge.

Three European companies including Swiss logistics operation DPD Switzerland, German global tyre and component maker Continental and  start up electric driveline maker Futuricum – were involved in the Guinness World Record attempt to set  the longest distance covered by an electric truck without a recharging stop.

Futuricum modified the base Volvo FH for package-delivery company DPD Switzerland, with the actu...

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Interisland ferry problems show need for rebuilding coastal shipping
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

The Maritime Union says New Zealand’s shipping woes have now become worse, with the Interislander line having two thirds of its fleet going off line.

Two Cook Strait Interislander ferries are out of action as the Aratere is to undergo dry dock maintenance out of the country and the Kaiarahi has developed mechanical issues, which leaves just the third Interislander ferry Kaitaki in operation.

On top of the current congestion and shipping issues, this situation has created another bottleneck in an already stressed supply chain.<...

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IVECO and Nikola inaugurate joint-venture manufacturing facility for electric heavy-duty trucks in Ulm, Germany
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

The partnership between the global commercial vehicles manufacturer and the US-based group specializing in zero-emission Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and related energy solutions is about to begin its manufacturing journey in Ulm, Germany.

An exciting new chapter in IVECO and Nikola Corporation’s sustainable transport story set course today in Ulm, Germany as the manufacturing facility dedicated to the Nikola Tre electric heavy-duty trucks was unveiled to the public, ready to start production by year end. A milestone reached at record ...

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New fighter puts FUSO first for safety across light, medium and heavy
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

Hot on the heels of announcing the most powerful Japanese truck ever – Shogun 510 – the new FUSO Fighter range completes an industry-first safety offering under a single brand across light, medium and heavy truck categories, and introduces the only Euro 6 certified drivetrain in a medium-duty Japanese truck.

Equipped with FUSO’s standard suite of advanced safety features – autonomous braking, lane departure warning and electronic stability control – plus a few extras, the new Euro 6 Fighter joins Canter and Shogun in providing an ex...

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Scania introduces new 13-litre gas engine for travel operations
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

Scania is renowned for its wide range of low-carbon powertrain options, and is now proud to add the all-new 13-litre gas engine that can run on natural gas and on biogas – regardless if the gas is in compressed or liquified form – as well as new tank options.

The new engine enables travel operators to take huge steps towards sustainability. “Our 13-litre gas engine and new tank options facilitate travel operators to switch to biogas without issues with range and while still providing the power needed for any operation. Another upsid...

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Transdiesel announces leadership transition
Posted on 22-Sep-2021

Long serving Chief Executive Officer of Christchurch based TransDiesel, Mike McKessar, has signalled that he will resign from the business in March 2022.

“During Mike’s 15 year tenure as Chief Executive Officer he has brought strong leadership to TransDiesel and established comprehensive foundations for the ongoing growth and success of the business. Mike transitioned TransDiesel to become the sole supplier of Volvo and Yanmar heavy machinery brands in New Zealand and more recently managed the transition to New Zealand distributor o...

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