The company believes the technology is fast becoming a ‘no-brainer’ in the metro-distribution markets. The ever increasing uptake of the company’s hybrid technology experienced across the Tasman, particularly among large customers where diesel fuel savings of up to 21% have been recorded, is certain to follow suit here. Driver training to optimise the potential benefits is minimal, but essential, in order to adapt to the vehicle’s various driving maps and characteristics.
The 4-litre diesel engine and electric motor generator deliver 10% more power and 19% more torque than previous models. On-board battery regeneration means continuous running with no requirement to stop and charge the battery. Many vehicles are now in their eighth and 10th year of operation on the original battery. Battery weight is around 80kg.