NZ Post Deploys New Zealand’s First Hydrogen Truck

NZ Post has added New Zealand’s first hydrogen truck to its delivery fleet thanks to its collaboration with Hyundai Motors New Zealand.

The Hyundai XCIENT fuel cell electric vehicle is operating from NZ Post’s Auckland Operations Centre.

It is the first XCIENT hydrogen truck to be tested and modified for on-road use in New Zealand following Hyundai’s shipment of five hydrogen vehicles to the country last year.

NZ Post Hydrogen Truck
The hydrogen truck was unveiled at an event at NZ Post’s Auckland Operations Centre which was attended by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods
NZ Post Chief Executive Officer David Walsh said:

“We are very proud to be leading the way by putting the country’s first hydrogen truck into commercial operation. Sustainability is a big deal to all of us at NZ Post and we see hydrogen technology as one way to contribute to reducing emissions within New Zealand’s road freight sector.”

The hydrogen truck will help NZ Post reduce its carbon emissions and advance its goal of being a fully carbon neutral business from 2030.

Indeed, each fuel cell heavy duty electric truck avoids the equivalent CO2 of approximately 100 fossil fuel light vehicles

Hyundai New Zealand CEO Andy Sinclair said:

“Heavy transport emissions are notoriously hard to offset, as electric battery vehicle alternatives can’t offer companies the same productivity. Larger trucks are driven all day, every day over long distances. Taking multiple hours out to recharge a battery regularly is time the truck can’t be on the road. Hydrogen technology is an important solution for NZ Post and other similar businesses to introduce as part of reducing their heavy freight emissions.”

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