TNT Australia to expand hybrid truck fleet

TNT adds more Hinos to Australia’s largest hybrid truck fleet.

TNT Australia to expand hybrid truck fleet
TNT fleet and equipment manager Kurt Grossreider

Courier company TNT Australia will add 24 Hino 300 series hybrids to its fleet, bringing the total number up to 54.

TNT says that it will use the hybrid trucks to replace regular diesel vehicles in order to reduce its carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels.

"Our hybrid vehicles have proven that they are not only up to the task in bolstering our delivery network and providing our drivers with a safe and dependable vehicle: they're doing this in a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly manner," TNT fleet and equipment manager Kurt Grossrieder says.

Over a four year period, TNT say that its existing fleet of 30 hybrid trucks has emitted 112 fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide in comparison to a regular diesel fleet.

"The 24 new hybrid trucks will expand our hybrid fleet and once again reduce our total output of greenhouse gases while using less fuel, which is a positive step for TNT and the environment," Grossrieder adds.

The Hino hybrids have both a 100kW (134hp) diesel engine and a 36kW (48hp) electric motor. The truck aims to deliver maximum efficiency by switching between modes depending on the driver conditions. The truck can run in electric drive-only mode if it comes across stop-start traffic, for example.

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