TNT Express adds Isuzu CNG trucks to fleet

The new Isuzu FSR 850 CNG trucks were purchased by TNT Express as part of the TNT ‘Planet Me’ environmental program which seeks to reduce company CO2 output by 45 percent from 2007 levels in the short term and reach carbon neutrality in the long term.

Based at TNT’s Hume, ACT depot, the new trucks replace two older conventional diesel powered trucks in the same weight class and will be used for metropolitan pick-up and delivery applications.

According to TNT Express Regional Director NSW/ACT, Dave Charlesworth, the Isuzu CNG trucks are one of the cleanest on the market and will greatly assist TNT in its ambitious environmental plan.

“TNT through the ‘Planet Me’ program is heavily focused on achieving a better environmental outcome across all areas of its business – particularly the reduction of CO2 in its plant equipment,” said Mr Charlesworth.

“Isuzu’s CNG trucks comfortably meet Euro V standards and even reach proposed Euro VI benchmarks in the area of particulate matter emissions, so they are a great asset for our Canberra operations.”

He continued, “We along with many others hold the view that world oil prices will not remain the same heading into the future. With gas prices being more stable compared to diesel over time, we are able to forecast fuel costs for our CNG fleet more accurately and divert resources elsewhere.”

TNT Express Operations Manager Canberra, Wayne Farnhill said that the Isuzu CNG trucks also have the latest safety and driver comfort features. “One of the main things the operators notice in the CNG trucks is the lack of emissions coming from the exhaust,” said Mr Farnhill. “Not having diesel fumes or a smell at all in confined spaces is a great occupational health and safety advantage for us, as our drivers are in and out of loading docks and warehouses all day.”

He continued, “The other advantage of the Isuzu FSR 850 CNG – as commented upon by our operators – is the ISRI air suspended seat, narrow cab and low deck height, which allows drivers to manoeuvre the truck easily in crowded metropolitan conditions.”

Over the past three years, TNT’s 55 depots across Australia have taken delivery of over 300 Isuzu trucks ranging from the entry level NPR 300 to the heavy-duty FVY 1400.

TNT Australia now operates and maintains over 700 Isuzu trucks and replaces its Isuzu fleet on a rolling replacement program of eight to 12 years.


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