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  • Gavin Smith

Alsco sets the pace with NZ’s First Heavy EV Freighter

Alsco has just launched New Zealand’s first inter-city Heavy EV (100% Electric Vehicle).

The launch event took place at the iconic Eden Park on 27th November, and was attended by the Energy and Resources Minister, the Hon Dr Megan Woods; plus the Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw.

Nick Sautner, CEO, Eden Park (MC at the Launch). Andrew Caseley, CE, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority. The Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change. The Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister for Energy and Resources. Craig Christensen, Heavy EV Driver, Alsco Rotorua. Mark Roberts, GGM Alsco NZ. Gavin Smith, Alsco.

Taupo’s Mayor, David Trewavas represented the three cities (along with Rotorua and Tauranga) to be included in the first ever daily Heavy EV intercity route. Mark Roberts, Alsco NZ’s Group General Manager, was accompanied by a large contingent of Alsco people on the day.

Alsco customers, suppliers, transport industry representatives and media lifted the numbers to around 200 on the special day.

Minister for Climate Change, Hon James Shaw

Minister James Shaw said the launch was a classic example of how working to reduce emissions can drive innovation that benefits everyone. ‘Solving climate change is about creating healthier, more accessible and cleaner towns and cities, as well as cheaper, easier and greener ways of moving goods around’.

‘We trust the transport industry and wider business will be most interested in the financial viability of our Heavy EV freighter. Coupled with significant emission reductions, it is a powerful story,’ said Mark Roberts. ‘By adapting the build, and our operational model slightly, we are looking to demonstrate that new EV technology is viable for business, and implementation is possible right now. That is potentially a game-changer. It is an exciting step for Alsco, and for the heavy transport industry in New Zealand'.


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