First hybrid Fuso

Appetite for electric power in Gisborne grows as first hybrid electric truck sold.

Appetite for electric power in Gisborne grows as first hybrid electric truck sold.

REDUCING EMISSIONS: Riversun chief executive Leo Kelso and Watts Motors principal Brian Watts with Gisborne’s first Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck. Picture by Paul Rickard

THE appetite for electric power in vehicles in Gisborne is growing, with the sale last month of what is thought to be the first hybrid electric truck here.

Watts Motors principal Brian Watts said the sale to Riversun of a Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck was definitely a first for Watts Motors and most likely the first in Gisborne.

The hybrid is a combination of a diesel engine and electric power from a lithium-ion battery.

“The battery kicks in when the truck starts off and when it gets to 10kmh, the engine takes over.”

Mr Watts said when it was going uphill the battery would kick in to give extra power.

“Interestingly, it recharges itself and doesn’t need to be plugged in like the PHEV cars we have been selling.

“It recharges when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator or under braking.”

Another feature was the intelligent stop. When the truck stops at lights or an intersection, the motor cuts then restarts when the foot is taken off the brake.

As well as reducing carbon emissions, the hybrid was saving money on fuel.

Riversun Nurseries chief executive Leo Kelso said they had been looking at every aspect of the business since 2013 to achieve the goal of being carbon- negative, zero-waste and truly sustainable by 2020.

“The purchase of Gisborne’s first Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck for general cartage around town is the first step on our way towards lower emissions and reduced fuel costs.”

THE appetite for electric power in vehicles in Gisborne is growing, with the sale last month of what is thought to be the first hybrid electric truck here.

Watts Motors principal Brian Watts said the sale to Riversun of a Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck was definitely a first for Watts Motors and most likely the first in Gisborne.

The hybrid is a combination of a diesel engine and electric power from a lithium-ion battery.

“The battery kicks in when the truck starts off and when it gets to 10kmh, the engine takes over.”

Mr Watts said when it was going uphill the battery would kick in to give extra power.

“Interestingly, it recharges itself and doesn’t need to be plugged in like the PHEV cars we have been selling.

“It recharges when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator or under braking.”

Another feature was the intelligent stop. When the truck stops at lights or an intersection, the motor cuts then restarts when the foot is taken off the brake.

As well as reducing carbon emissions, the hybrid was saving money on fuel.

Riversun Nurseries chief executive Leo Kelso said they had been looking at every aspect of the business since 2013 to achieve the goal of being carbon- negative, zero-waste and truly sustainable by 2020.

“The purchase of Gisborne’s first Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid truck for general cartage around town is the first step on our way towards lower emissions and reduced fuel costs.”

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