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Australia Post to trial world’s first factory manufactured fully electric truck

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Australia Post will be the first Australian company to trial Fuso’s eCanter, the world’s first factory manufactured electric truck.

The trial will see posties putting the truck through its paces in the Sydney CBD, testing to gauge the vehicle’s suitability for the business during customer pickups and deliveries.

James Dixon, General Manager – Australia Post, Transport and Aviation said Australia Post is constantly looking for ways to make its operations more efficient and sustainable, including through the use of electric vehicles.

“We currently have over 2200 electric vehicles on the road around Australia – with an additional 1000 on order making us the nation’s largest electric vehicle fleet operator. While these are primarily smaller last-mile delivery vehicles such as bikes and trikes used by posties, we’ve trialled electric vans in our operations before, too. We’re excited to see how the eCanter performs in Australian conditions,” he continued.

Australia Post will trial this Canter over the coming weeks, delivering to customers in Sydney’s CBD before the vehicle is returned to the manufacturer for internal evaluation.

The eCanter, which is also currently being trialled in Tokyo, New York and London, has a range of 100km and can carry more than three tonnes of cargo.

It is powered by a 115kW/390Nm electric motor and uses six battery packs that can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in less one hour with a Type 2 charger.

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