Centurion and BHP flick switch on electric transport

Freight firm sees eCanter join it fleet for Mackay operations

Centurion and BHP flick switch on electric transport
Justin Cardaci with his first electric truck


Generally synonymous bit big bore diesel-powered heavy combinations, mining and resources-focused transport group Centurion has unveiled its first electric truck.

The move – a first for the company and part of its national emissions-reduction policy – is in conjunction with massive mining customer BHP and the Fuso eCanter will operate from Centurion’s Mackay facility.

There, Centurion provides third-party logistics (3PL) and network services to multiple mine sites across Central Queensland.

"Today is a significant step for Centurion and our early steps towards low-carbon operations across our business, with this newly deployed fully-electric truck being the cornerstone of making our services to BHP more sustainable," Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci said.

"While we’re deploying zero-emission vehicles within our fleet, Centurion is also exploring alternative fuel supplies that will contribute to reducing our carbon footprint.

"As Centurion continues to invest in modern trucks, we are constantly looking for ways to apply new technologies to decarbonise our operations.

"Currently, we are introducing high-productivity vehicles across our fleet, exploring options for nature-based offsets and accessing renewable energy across our sites in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory,"

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The Fuso eCanter is distributed by Daimler Truck and Bus with whom Centurion has a long-established relationship as one of the suppliers of the company’s fleet of trucks.

President and CEO Daniel Whitehead said Daimler was proud of its association with Centurion, one of Daimler’s biggest partners.

"Centurion is taking a pioneering role when it comes to zero emission freight transportation in Australia and adding the ground-breaking Fuso eCanter to its fleet," Whitehead added.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer Centurion the only original equipment manufacturer electric truck with active safety technology in Australia."

Cardaci noted Centurion’s operations were continuing to expand as Australia’s domestic freight needs increase.

"Together with our partners we will continue our commitment to building sustainable and reliable supply chains for the future," he said.


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