Hydrogen suppliers and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) automakers Air Liquide, Hyundai, NEL, Nikola Motor, Shell, and Toyota have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for hydrogen fuelling components to test state-of-the-art heavy-duty (HD) hydrogen fuelling hardware to assist in standardisation and speed to market for fuel cell electric trucks.

Hino Distributors NZ Ltd general manager Darren Salt presented the new Hino 500 Series Standard Cab to customers and media at the company’s Mt Wellington showrooms on Wednesday evening. The much-anticipated revamp of the Standard Cab range certainly didn’t disappoint and the excitement among the Hino crew in terms of the truck they are taking to the market was almost palpable.

The agreement reached by European policy-makers is welcomed by the IRU, the global industry association for road transport, as a positive step forward towards passing this file into legislation in the coming months.

A new independent infrastructure entity – The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support.


New Zealand’s top Hino technician, Heidi Inkster, showed just how good she was when she came up against one of Hino Australia’s champions in a headto- head technical challenge last August. Held at Hino Australia’s Training Centre in Sydney, Australia, the first ever Hino Trans Tasman Technical Challenge was part of Hino Australia’s 2018 National Skills Contest programme. The challenge saw Heidi, who won the inaugural New Zealand Hino Skills Competition, and Hino Australia’s winner Asa Pearson, compete against each other simultaneously, and against the clock, with just 30 minutes to find four faults on the new GH1A wide cab Hino. Each fault had a time limit, which once lapsed, was closed, forcing the competitors to move on to the next fault. Heidi and Asa were so evenly matched that the competition ended in a draw – something Heidi had not been expecting. “No, not at all. We drew, and they dragged it out like an American Idol episode! They had us standing on stage while they went through everything, and then they said, ‘Asa Pearson, out of a possible 27 points, scored 14 points … and Heidi Inkster ... also scored 14 points’. I was stoked, because that meant we both got to go to the car racing on the Gold Coast as our prize.” Heidi was initially to compete against 2017’s Australian winner but as he was unavailable, Asa, the 2016 winner, was called in.

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Late 2018 saw the third running of the Dave Carr Memorial Run, this year also in support of the Heart Foundation. The run travelled into North Canterbury, through Rangiora, Ashley, the Ashley Gorge, and on toward Cust, stopping to view private vehicle and machinery collections along the way. In the evening the participants gathered at the Highway Inn truck stop where a charity auction raised $5000. Special thanks to Cam Lill and Dave Ching for organising another wonderful event.

Like your utes big and brash, and you’ll have a Dodge Ram somewhere on your wish list. But until recently you’d have had to wrestle with imports and LHD regulations or dodgy conversions. But no longer. There’s now an official factory importer, with a dealer network importing right-hand-drive Rams rolling off a conversion line in Australia. We tested a Ram 1500 Laramie, which boasts a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 under the bonnet, throwing down 291kW (390hp) and 556Nm (413lb/ ft) via an 8-speed transmission to either the rear wheels, or all four. Easy-to-reach buttons select 2WD, 4WD auto, 4WD lock, or low range.

New emission regulations may be just around the corner, but Cummins and Kenworth are certainly getting ahead of the game with real world testing of their Euro 6 engines and models. Howard Shanks joined the Kenworth Safety Truck tour to experience the new high torque output of the Hummin’ Cummins under the hood of a T610 firsthand.

The annual Invercargill Truck Show took place in its usual slot on Sunday of Labour Weekend in October. One hundred and eighteen trucks assembled from early on Sunday morning at the traditional Woolstores site for judging for the coveted King Rig trophy and other categories they were eligible for. Hundreds of people take the opportunity to view the hard work that has been put into providing such a spectacle, as well as a catching up with like-minded people.