TNT Express Australia recently took delivery of it 30th Hino Hybrid 300 Series diesel-electric truck, making it the owner of the largest hybrid truck fleet in the country.
The keys to its latest addition were handed over to Bob Black, Managing Director TNT Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands, by Hino Motors General Ltd Global President, Mr Yoshio Shirai.
The company pioneered the use of a hybrid truck fleet in Australia when it commissioned its first Hino hybrids in early 2008. TNT Express Australia now operates Hino hybrid fleets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Hino Australia President, Steve Lotter said that TNT had been quick to realise the environmental and fuel saving benefits of Hino Hybrid technology. He said, “The company’s real-world experience in high-use applications showed each Hino Hybrid in its fleets reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1600 kilograms of CO2 a year.
“The transport industry’s emphasis on being green has grown enormously in the last couple of years, with companies like TNT leading the way by increasing the size of their overall hybrid fleet. This is a great endorsement of both the benefits and suitability of Hino’s hybrid trucks for Australian operations.”
The Hino Hybrid 300 Series has also been purchased by many other major Australian fleets including grocery and confectionary companies, local councils and a leading network of collection and retail stores.
Hino has also introduced a second hybrid model to its product range and the first diesel-electric hybrid truck in Australia with automatic transmission. The new Hino Hybrid 300 Series automatic uses the same power sources as the manual transmission model, drawing power from a 100kW diesel engine and 36kW electric motor.