Kevin Dennis promoted to NC2 MD

NC2 Australia Global Party Ltd this week announced the promotion of Kevin Dennis to managing director of NC2 Australia and New Zealand, replacing Bill Fulton, who will be who will be returning to Caterpillar for his next assignment.

“Kevin’s experience as general manager of sales and marketing for NC2 in Australia and New Zealand as well as his 30 years of global truck and engine experience on four continents, make him an ideal candidate to lead our business forward,” said Tom Clevinger, senior vice president and general manager of Navistar Global and president of NC2 Global LLC. “As we continue to grow the business in Australia and New Zealand and expand our model range to reach more customers, it is critically important for us to put local leadership in place that can provide long-term continuity for the business. We are very pleased that Kevin Dennis will be the one to provide that leadership.

“At the same time, we appreciate the leadership that Bill Fulton has provided in establishing our footprint in Australia and New Zealand and putting our business on the right path to be successful for Navistar, our dealers and most importantly, our customers,” added Clevinger.

“We thank Bill for the significant contributions he has made to our business and wish him the best of luck as he transitions to his next assignment at Caterpillar.”

These leadership changes will be effective January 1, 2014, to ensure a smooth business transition.

Truck breakdown call out sheet to help operators

The ATA has released a sample truck breakdown call out sheet to help operators ask the right questions when a driver calls the depot to report a breakdown.

Developed from the Truck breakdowns – practical advice to get you moving session at the 2013 PACCAR & Dealer TMC, the sample sheet prompts operators to take down all the details you need to respond to a breakdown quickly and appropriately, including questions regarding the load, vehicle position, vehicle combination and driver needs.

The sheet is designed to be used in conjunction with the Victorian Transport Industry Safety Group’s Truck emergency breakdown and road safety guidelines, which includes photos of recommended vehicle positions, how to place advance warning triangles and advice on how to improve your truck’s visibility during a night breakdown.

Big victory for Australia winning Scania Top Team 2013

The winning Southern Stars team comprises, front row, Michael Farrell, Phil Sage (Team Captain), and Graham Andrews. Back row: Benn Jeffery, Brett Tingwell (Mentor), Logan Hoser and Jason Grech (Mentor)
The winning Southern Stars team comprises, front row, Michael Farrell, Phil Sage (Team Captain), and Graham Andrews.
Back row: Benn Jeffery, Brett Tingwell (Mentor), Logan Hoser and Jason Grech (Mentor)

Team Southern Stars from the Scania workshop in Sydney, Australia, has earned the title of the world’s best Scania service team.

The winners defeated skilled service teams from New Zealand and Finland in the Scania Top Team 2013 world finals.

On 21 and 22 November, the world’s 10 most skilled Scania service teams participated in the Scania Top Team 2013 world finals in Södertalje, Sweden.

Teams from Australia, Finland and New Zealand scored highest in the semi-finals to merit a spot in the final knock-out round, with Team Southern Stars from Australia eventually taking the top spot.

“Unbelievable,” says team leader Phillip Sage of the Australian team’s victory.

“It’s the best experience ever.”

Strong teamwork, determination and enduring self-confidence paved the way to the victory for the Southern Stars.

“We had great teamwork,” says Sage. “We said to each other, ‘Never give up!’ We never got stressed. We knew we could do it.”

The finals were closely followed by 400 on-site spectators, including the finalists from Argentina, Austria, Germany, Italy, Peru, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The Australian team was crowned the winner, but truck owners around the world know they can rely on very skilled service technicians to take care of their Scania trucks.

Harald Cederberg, Director Technical Training at Scania Academy, has followed Top Team for many years: “As more and more countries take part in Scania Top Team, training hours increase,” he says.

“As a result, the organisation develops and the service staff’s proficiency grows.”

Cederberg also points out that the teams that have made it all the way to the finals work in a more structured way than they did before.

“The teams have only gotten better over the years,” he says.

“We may have just crowned a winner for 2013, but Top Team continues to be a process aimed at improving our workshop services globally.”

The world’s most-skilled Scania service teams
1st place, Australia: Team Southern Stars from Preston, Sydney. Team members: Phillip Sage, Graham Andrews, Michael Farrell, Logan Hoser and Benn Jeffery.
2nd place, New Zealand: Team Kiwis from Whangarei. Team members: Scott Cann, Michael Adams, Gavin Brindle, John Burhenne and Shane Parker.
3rd place, Finland: Team Kirkkopuiston Sissit from Lahtis. Team members: Janne Murtoniemi, Saul Ala-Akkala, Jari Korhola, Petri Levonen and Teemu Tiihonen.
Watch the final knock-out round here: http://scania.com/ScaniaTopTeam

FYH 2000s at work for Perth-based CTI Logistics

isuzu-fyh-2000s-a-good-package-for-wa-logistics-experts-kxwbtfmnFrom push bikes to prime movers and everything in between, Perth-based CTI Logistics has a mixed and varied distribution fleet that has recently grown with the addition of four new heavy duty Isuzu FYH 2000 8x4s.

The company’s fleet is one of the largest in Perth, and is put to good use providing its clients with everything from courier deliveries, taxi truck services, freight collection and storage and distribution, to heavy haulage and line hau, as well as fleet management and warehousing.

CTI Logistics’ core management team has a vast knowledge across a myriad of transport and logistics disciplines, allowing the company to provide a total package to customers.

The innovative and strategically focused company was established in 1974 and has a corporate head office located in West Perth, as well as warehouse and service locations throughout Perth and major regional centres in Western Australia.

With 564 employees and 580 independent contractors working from these locations, CTI Logistics is well resourced to meet the ongoing demand it experiences as one of Perth’s most sought-after logistics service providers.

The new Isuzu FYH 2000s are used as taxi trucks for one-off or oversized deliveries of palletised product around Perth. They join a fleet of 38 other Isuzu trucks which includes FVZ 1400s, FRR 500s, FRR 600s, NQR 450s and Gigas.

The FYH 2000s are fitted with 7.2 metre 12 pallet curtain sider bodies built by Park Body Builders in Perth, while tag-along trailers carry terrain forklifts for loading/unloading duties. The trucks feature auxiliary power for the folding ramps and other accessories.

According to Managing Director, Mark Cameron, when choosing a new truck, the company has a comprehensive evaluation process that includes assessing truck suitability for the work performed and considering areas such as aftersales support, maintenance costs, fuel consumption and resale value.

“The FYH 2000 fits the bill for us with its GVM of 30,000 kg,” Mark said.

“This model has great power output (257 kW @ 2,000 RPM) for towing coupled with a fully automated transmission (heavy duty 6-speed automatic Allison 4430 Series) which is an important feature for us.

“The support we received from the Major Motors Isuzu dealership was second to none. They were able to deliver what we wanted within our very tight deadline.

“We operate 24/7 so it’s important the vehicles we use are reliable and can handle long stints on the road.”

Mark said CTI Logistics understands council and corporate clients must adhere to stringent OH&S requirements.

“The trucks come with a standard ECE-R29 compliant cab which allows us to meet clients’ OH&S needs,” he said.

“Over the next 12 months we expect to purchase around eight replacement trucks and most of these will be Isuzu.”

Trash ‘N’ Stash pull in the cash using Isuzu trucks

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Waste management business, Trash ‘N’ Stash, has been keeping Melbourne shops, restaurants, schools, health care facilities and body corporate organisations fresh with its bin and mini skip hire service.

Each day the business supplies and empties bins for commercial customers, as well as providing mini skips with a two cubic metre capacity.

Offering its customers many years of experience in the waste management industry, Trash ‘N’ Stash was established in 1983. The business currently employs eight workers and runs a fleet of six Isuzu trucks.

Based in the eastern Victorian suburb of Research, Trash ‘N’ Stash services the entire metropolitan Melbourne area. The team also services the leafier parts of Melbourne, such as Panton Hill and St Andrews, and as far as rural town, Kilmore.

The fleet consists of a range of Isuzu models, an old FVD 950, FVD 1000, FXY 1400 and new FXY 1500 Auto, all fitted out with green garbage compactor bodies, and a smaller NPR 350 which is used to transport the mini skips.

Also in the fleet is a classic 1985 Isuzu JCR with a tray body incorporating a crane – a restoration project for Jon Jupp, who runs the business with his father, Stan.

“The old crane truck has its original engine and has half a million kilometres on the clock. It’s still a great truck; it sits on 100 km/h on the freeway without any issues. It’s my favourite truck in our fleet,” Jon said.

“I also enjoy driving the FVD 1000 as it’s very zippy and great for metropolitan areas. It loves the hills. The FXY 1500 Auto is also a great choice for hilly areas.”

Aside from fitting application-specific bodies, Jon and Stan have made several other modifications to the Isuzu trucks.

“All of our Isuzus have shortened wheelbases to suit their bodies. We also install the Isuzu air horns to alert people that the truck is moving and we’ve added horse hair fur around the wheel arches to help keep the trucks clean,” Jon said.

Trash ‘N’ Stash’s trucks have a lifespan of approximately eight years before they are replaced. During this time they work extremely hard.

“We prefer to use automatic trucks due to the amount of stop-start driving and reversing in and out of alleys that we do,” Jon said.

“Waste management work is very hard on the trucks. Over their lifespan they can travel between 300,000 and 400,000 kilometres. The engines are constantly cycling between idle and full power, not only during our stop-start driving, but also each time we’re maneuvering to load rubbish into the trucks.”

Jon looks for specific features when choosing trucks to join the Trash ‘N’ Stash fleet.

“When selecting new trucks we always look for a large amount of horsepower and airbag suspension to carry the weight of the truck body. The compactors get quite heavy when full,” he said.

“The Isuzu trucks are very nice. It’s not just the way they drive, it’s the whole package. They have smooth transmissions and comfortable interiors. The heated mirrors are a nice touch during early winter mornings.

“The trucks’ tight turning circles, due to their short wheelbases, are very helpful when maneuvering in and out of small spaces.”

Trash ‘N’ Stash has been a loyal Isuzu customer for many years, purchasing its first Isuzu truck in 1998.

“I joined the business when I was 20 years old and at the time we bought a second hand Isuzu FTR 850. It was a very reliable truck. We purchased our first new Isuzu, an FVD 950, following this in 2000. Since then we have continued purchasing Isuzus because we know the trucks are good,” Jon said.

“We have purchased all of our trucks from Ian Deacon at Ballarat Isuzu. We have developed a great relationship with Ian over the past ten years and he understands our requirements.

“Isuzu’s parts are competitively priced, which is also a bonus, and they can usually deliver to us the next day which helps to keep our trucks on the road.”

Hino builds on North American success

Hino Motors Sales USA is investing more than $55 million to expand its manufacturing plant in the south-western state of Arkansas.Hino’s Marion plant – which manufactures parts for Toyota’s heavy-duty US-market Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia models – will host 200 new employees as it ramps-up production of Toyota parts.

HMM_CHASSIS_PPS_GHS4517hrwebThe expansion includes new buildings, manufacturing lines and equipment aimed at meeting the strong demand for Toyota’s rugged pick-up truck and SUV models.

Hino USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hino Motors Limited and a Toyota Group company, manufactures trucks in West Virginia and Toyota parts in Arkansas and California.

Hino Motors Limited builds the Toyota Prado and FJ Cruiser, as well as Hino’s range of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses.

Marion Mayor Frank Fogleman said he welcomed Hino’s increased investment in his community.

“We are delighted to welcome Hino to Marion – it’s a proud and exciting day for Marion and its neighbours,” he said.

“We are very appreciative of Hino’s investment in Marion and the company’s confidence in our business environment.

“The company will be a huge asset to the community and will provide quality jobs to the citizens of our county.

“Hino has been a model corporate citizen and we look forward to an even stronger relationship moving forward,” Mr Fogleman said.

Hino broke ground on the $160-million Marion plant in July 2004 and began full-scale production in April 2006, following large Toyota Group investments across the US.

Toyota-owned Denso manufactures air conditioners and radiators for Toyota passenger and commercial vehicles from its $35-million plant in Osceola, Arkansas.

In 2003 Toyota Motor Corporation invested $800 million in a new manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas, which uses parts from the Marion and Osceola plants to build its Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia models.

Hino USA also operates manufacturing plants at Corona in California and Orangeburg in New York State.

Hino’s evolution from Japanese manufacturer and global exporter to global manufacturer and exporter has created lasting industrial growth across the US, continuing the positive economic influence of Hino’s plants in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Colombia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Canada.

Scania Black Ambers makes an impression on WA

R 730 Black Amber in WA

Scania’s brace of Limited Edition Black Amber R-series trucks are bringing a golden glow to the roads of Western Australia, and a heart-warming glow to their new owners.

Perth-based Scania customers have purchased both the V8-powered Black Amber prime movers imported into Australia; an R 730 and an R 620.

The R 730 Black Amber made its Australian debut at the Brisbane Truck Show earlier this year, with the R 620 saving itself for the Perth Truck Show in July.

Greg Goodchild from Greg’s Meat Transport secured the R 730, while David Edghill from Express Freezer Transport has become the owner of the R 620 Black Amber.

Greg’s Meat Transport runs a mixed fleet of more than 50 trucks, six of which are Scanias. Greg has added two R 560 6x4s and the Black Amber this year, with two P 360 8×2 rigids scheduled for delivery in 2014.

“I have been in the transport industry for 36 years and the Black Amber is the best vehicle I have ever seen,” Greg says.

“I have always wanted a truck like this, and as soon as I saw it at the Perth Truck Show and looked inside it, I knew I had to have one.

“The truck is already on the road, being driven by Greg Howard, one of my long-time drivers. He is fanatical about keeping it clean. His ute even carries a rainwater-filled tank that he uses to wash the truck. He’s got towels all over the inside to keep it pristine.”

Although Greg’s Meat Transport specialises in the refrigerated transport of a wide range of meat products, the Black Amber is hooked up to B-double containing supermarket groceries. Each day it plies the Forrest Highway to Bunbury and back, from the company’s base in Jandakot, Perth.

“We are getting excellent fuel from the truck, better performance than we expected, in fact,” Greg says.

“The response from other drivers on the road, and just anyone who sees it is phenomenal. It has been a great image-builder for our business, too, and I reckon it will help us attract good drivers in the future,” Greg says.

“We started buying Scanias because we had a good recommendation from another transport operator who has run them. We really like the quality of build and the backup from Scania, because you’re dealing with the factory. The team at Scania Bunbury is particularly good, and so I will have the Black Amber serviced by them. They’re always on the ball,” he says.

Express Freezer Transport has 10 trucks – eight of which are Scanias. Their trucks are also used in the distribution of fresh produce for supermarkets. EFT has purchased three new Scanias this year: a P 440 6×2 prime mover, the R 620 Black Amber, and a soon-to-be-delivered R 480 6×2 prime mover.

“The first truck I bought was a Scania, a second-hand 82M rigid, and my first new truck was a Scania a 4-series, a 94 310 hp 4×2,” David says.

The Express Freezer Transport R 620 Black Amber is pulling a smart new 49 ft. jumbo slider-side single refrigerated trailer that complements its stunning looks.

“That’s my truck,” David says definitively, when asked about the new Black Amber.

“I drive it most of the time and when I don’t, the driver who gets the text message that says he’ll be driving it the next day has a very big smile.

“It’s a beautiful truck to go to work in everyday,” David says.

“In the first week of driving Black Amber three guys came up and offered to come to work for me, just because we had it on the fleet. I reckon the Black Amber definitely elevates our profile. It says something positive about you as a transport operator.

“The Black Amber is such a distinctive truck, wherever we go not only do the fork lift drivers and dispatchers stop work to look at it, and pop their heads inside, but the office girls come out to see what all the fuss is about too.

“It’s like dating a movie star. I expected other drivers would be interested in it, but everyone wants to look at it,” he says.

David is not only a long-time Scania owner, he is also sold on Scania Maintenance and Repair Programmes, which means his trucks will always be in prime condition.

“All our trucks work six or seven days a week, but cover only around 80,000 km a year because we are delivering around the metro area. But they are hard kms, which is why I have these three new trucks on the Scania Maintenance and Repair Programme.

“It’s a no brainer for me because to be successful as a transport operator you have to know your costs as accurately as possible and control them.

“You need to be able to keep to your budget or know when you are not, so you can take action and adjust your prices to be in line with your costs.

“It’s about managing risk, so with the Maintenance and Repair Programme, the risk is carried by Scania over 1000 trucks, rather than my business across my 10 trucks,” he says.

According to Robert Dryland, the Scania WA Account Manager, New Trucks, who sold both vehicles, the eye-catching Black Ambers have been the talk of the town.

“We had a great response to the R 620 we had at the Perth Truck Show, and I was delighted when Greg and David expressed interest in them.

“Not only will the trucks be doing good work transporting produce and boosting the reputations of their owners, but they will raise the profile of Scania in Perth and Bunbury as well,” he says.

“Both customers were very enthusiastic about their new vehicles, and both are going to look after them through the Scania network which means they will enjoy complete peace-of-mind and maximum uptime.”

The Scania Black Amber Limited Edition trucks were created by Svempa, one of Scania’s long-time collaborators in the production of eye-catching trucks.

In addition to the Black Amber metallic paint that really glows in direct sunlight, there are carbon-fibre look flames racing up the side of the vehicle, complementing the bold Black Amber name badge adorning the front of the Highline Cab.

The special truck has black and chrome highlight wheels and plenty of piano black gloss trim, and inside the luxury continues with premium, perforated leather upholstery, a wood-and-leather-rimmed steering wheel and special carpets, while a large wooden commemorative plaque is fixed to the back wall.

David Edghill with R 620 Black Amber
David Edghill with R 620 Black Amber
Greg Goodchild with R 730
Greg Goodchild with R 730
Greg's R 730 on road
Greg’s R 730 on road
R 620 Black Amber on road
R 620 Black Amber on road
 620 Black Amber with jumbo trailer
620 Black Amber with jumbo trailer
R 730 Black Amber in traffic
R 730 Black Amber in traffic

 

 

Toll Group switches on with Australia’s first all-electric truck

DSC_9152Australia’s leading provider of transport and logistics, Toll Group, has unveiled Australia’s first 100 per cent electric truck.

The 10-tonne Smith Electric vehicle will be used for parcel pick-ups and deliveries around Brisbane.

Toll IPEC will use the all-electric vehicle during an initial three-month trial that will look at how the vehicle performs in Australian conditions, and its cost to operate.

Speaking at the unveiling, Toll Group Environment and Energy General Manager Nick Prescott said Toll is constantly looking for ways to apply new technologies and practices to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources.

“We are extremely excited to be the first to get a look at this type of vehicle,” Mr Prescott said.

“It is a shining example of the sorts of things we’re doing as part of our broader Smarter Green environmental program, which looks at the use of smarter fuels such as biodiesels, compressed natural gas and electric vehicles, but only when it makes

operational and economic sense to do so. The Smith Electric adds to the many CNG, LNG and hybrid vehicles we operate in Australia and globally.

“Improving emissions, safety and energy consumption and costs also benefits our customers. That’s why we offer lower-carbon choices through our technology, fuels and energy efficiency initiatives.”

Toll will use data from on-board diagnostics that can be viewed online to monitor the vehicles’ performance in real-time.

Smith Electric 10-tonne electric truck

? All-electric

? Range of up to 200km

? Top speed 95km/h

? Lithium-ion 80kW battery

? Requires 5-6 hours overnight charge

? Zero-emission

Patico Automotive is the exclusive distributor of the Smith Electric range in the Oceania region. Managing Director Tony

Fairweather said Patico was proud to be representing such an innovative brand as Smith Electric in this region, and was looking

forward to trialling the vehicle in Australia.

“Smith Electric has been able to develop a product that makes absolute commercial sense, and we’re honoured Australia’s

leading transport and logistics company, Toll, were so keen to be the first to use it,” Mr Fairweather said.

All-electric vehicles are slowly increasing in popularity overseas, where they are used by some of the world’s largest companies

across the US and Europe. All-electric vehicles account for around three per cent of the total US market.

More information on Toll’s commitment to environmental sustainability, including a copy of Toll’s environment report, Managing

climate change and energy risks, can be found at www.tollgroup.com/environmental-sustainability

Scania is working towards uncrashable trucks

Tom Nystrom Senior Eng Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Scaniaweb
Tom Nystrom
Henrik Pettersson Intelligent Transport Systems Scaniaweb
Henrik Pettersson

Is it possible to create a vehicle that won’t let you crash, even if you try? Scania’s Research and Development department is hard at work, trying to achieve this vision.

Imagine a vehicle that can’t crash. A vehicle that has sensors to detect the surrounding traffic, that through a traffic-monitoring system can check out what’s going on further down the road, and can also work together with other vehicles to adjust the speed of the traffic flow.

Such a vehicle wouldn’t just offer lower energy consumption and a reduced environmental impact; it would also contribute to increased delivery precision and reliability.

It might seem like a distant reality, but parts of Scania’s research and development department have already taken the first steps towards just that reality. Two people who have come a long way down the road are Tom Nyström and Henrik Pettersson.

Nyström is working with advanced driver assistance systems, which means the automisation of vehicles to help the driver and also reduce the risk of mistakes. Simply put, it’s about creating an electronic crumple-zone around the vehicle that is significantly larger than the mechanical ones used today.

“For me, the end goal is a vehicle that doesn’t need a driver at all,” Nyström says. “Instead, with the help of different types of sensors, the vehicle would take into consideration the surrounding environment, regardless of what happens, without needing continual adjustment.”

He nominates areas where the working environment is particularly arduous, such as mines, industrial sites and quarries in desert areas, as key examples of where driverless trucks might be required. The road towards automisation will, of course, provide many spin-off technologies for driver assistance long before the first driverless vehicle rolls out of Scania’s factories.

While Nyström works primarily with systems that are located within the vehicle itself, Pettersson is working on the development of communication between vehicles in road trains, as well as inter-vehicle communication and communication between vehicles and the underlying infrastructure. The goal is services that help hauliers, haulage centres and trucking groups to plan their transport tasks. Pettersson’s work is essentially to create a kind of electronic towbar.

“I work on, among other things, increasing fuel efficiency and increased traffic flow by ensuring a steady and predictable speed for single vehicles or entire trains by utilising information exchange between vehicles,” he says.

The connection between the two men’s areas of expertise is clear. Pettersson says: “I work with systems that use a transport plan that is optimised around specific transport tasks. That plan is then sent to the vehicles that carry out the work.”

Work towards fully automised vehicles has been going on for quite some time. The first steps were taken, for example with the introduction of anti-lock brakes and cruise control. Next came comfort functions that supported the driver. These have been further developed and now contribute to improved safety and better fuel economy. Adaptive cruise control systems, for example, are now commonplace. They contribute to automatic cruise control systems, time keeping and also help to reduce fuel consumption.

As work towards the uncrashable vehicle advances, additional support functions are emerging. The eventual arrival of such a vehicle will also allow for the use of lighter construction materials – yet another way of reducing the environmental impacts.

Electric truck point to a cleaner future

SEINO-121226+hrThe pursuit of quieter streets and cleaner air took another step forward today as Hino Motors marked a key milestone in its trial of full electric commercial vehicles.

For the past six months three prototype all-electric Hino 300 Series trucks have operated alongside their traditional diesel and hybrid diesel/electric brethren in two established Japanese transport companies’ fleets.

Hino Australia Product Planning Manager Daniel Petrovski said the 300 Series electric vehicle prototype’s familiar exterior belies the unique architecture of its chassis and drivetrain components.

“If you were to see a 300 Series electric prototype parked on the street, it wouldn’t be obvious that it was an all-electric or even a prototype vehicle,” he said.

“Nevertheless, the entire architecture of the truck is different – it has a lithium-ion battery that powers an efficient electric motor which actually drives the front wheels.

“Even though the words ‘front-wheel drive’ and ‘truck’ don’t traditionally go together, there are a number of benefits to this design.”

Mr Petrovski said the front-wheel drive, all-electric architecture had surprising benefits in a light-duty commercial vehicle.

“The batteries sit inside the frame between the axles, where the driveshaft and fuel tank would traditionally reside,” he said.

“The lightweight electric motor sits in place of the diesel unit, which directly powers the front wheels.

“Because of the immense torque of the electric motor, and because there is no need to maintain idle if the truck is stopped, a traditional gearbox and clutch aren’t required – it’s as easy as driving a golf cart.

“With the entire drivetrain located in the front of the truck, and the power source mid-mounted low in the chassis, the truck body can have an extremely low floor – some 42 centimetres lower than a traditional light-duty truck.”

Mr Petrovski said that in addition to the efficient load space and ease of use that the 300 Series electric prototype offers, the impact of all-electric commercial vehicles on a city environment would be immense.

“As we’re all aware, cities are a focal point for pollution from airborne waste, noise and hazardous fuel products,” he said.

“The electric 300 Series prototype solves these problems in one fell swoop.

“Replacing the internal combustion engine with an electric motor means no hazardous fuels or oils are used for power or lubrication.

“Electric vehicles don’t emit any pollution, which means cleaner air in the cities, and the noise of the 300 Series prototype’s electric motor at full load is a fraction of the level of a traditional diesel engine.

“Electric motors are more efficient at turning potential energy into power than their fossil-fuel equivalents as well; if the electricity was generated by solar, geothermal or wind-turbine generators, we could be utilising this renewable energy in the most efficient way possible.”

Mr Petrovski said the 300 Series electric prototype sets the bar for clean, green and quiet commercial transport.

“Hino Motors is well aware of the impact of private and commercial vehicles on the environment,” he said.

“Since 1993, Hino has had an environmental charter that pushes for continuous improvement of efficiency in transportation, construction, recycling and product.

“We believe the 300 Series electric prototype is a significant leap forward in that regard.”