Hybrid truck a first for SICO

NSW-based specialist manufacturing company, SICO South Pacific, has acquired a Hino 300 Series Hybrid to reduce its carbon footprint, save costs and benefit its clients.

SICO, whose head office is in the US, purchased the 300 Series Hybrid 616 IFS as its first company-owned truck in Australia.

According to SICO Purchasing Manager Andy Lovis, the arrival of the new 300 Series Hybrid means SICO can now transport its own products to Wollongong and Port Macquarie rather than using external carriers, leading to a new level of operational efficiency.

“The additional benefits of the Hino Hybrid meant we could transport our products more quickly, which is good for our business,” he said. “The Hino truck offers a significant suite of safety features – like its dual SRS airbags and vehicle stability control – something very important to fleet operators these days.

Lovis said the purchase of a Hino Hybrid tied in with the company's commitment to minimising its impact on the environment. “As a company, SICO is working hard to bridge the gap between supplying sustainable, earth-friendly product solutions and constructing products that represent good value for our customers – and the Hino Hybrid is a perfect fit for our operations,” he said.

The Hino 300 Series Hybrid features SRS airbags, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and vehicle stability control – all as standard equipment (as per Hino's entire 300 Series range). The Hybrid also has an auto stop-start system to save fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle is stationary (which the driver can choose to switch off).

The Hybrid's exhaust emissions exceed the requests for Euro 5 and actually meet the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle) standard which, combined with the Hino Hybrid fuel consumption and subsequent emissions-reducing technology, makes it arguably the cleanest light duty truck on the Australian market, according to Hino.

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