Green hydrogen supplier Hiringa Energy and heavy transport lease and rental company TR Group will jointly bring heavy-duty fuel cell electric trucks to market in New Zealand a part of a new agreement.
Set to be powered by Hiriga’s nationwide hydrogen refuelling network, the two companies will offer fuel inclusive lease packages that provide greater flexibility to heavy vehicle operators and companies looking to decarbonise their supply chain.
The vehicles will be offered in several configurations and weight classes including over 50t combined mass and 6×4 and 8×4 drivetrains. The first vehicles are expected to be available in 2021.
The partnership builds on Hiringa’s technical expertise and relationships with international fuel cell manufacturers, integrators and OEMs.
It also builds on Hiringa’s existing partnership with TIL, one of New Zealand’s leading transport and logistics companies.
Hiringa’s refuelling network, expected to begin operations in the first half of 2021, will provide coverage of the major freight routes in the North and South Islands.
Hiringa Energy CEO Andrew Clennett said, “We are pleased to announce this groundbreaking partnership with TR Group. Their truck and leasing expertise is critical in ensuring we can offer decarbonisation pathways for all heavy fleet operators across our refuelling network.”
“With Hiringa’s deep expertise in hydrogen mobility solutions and TR Group’s broad reach across New Zealand’s premiere heavy freight and transport companies, the partnership will be a catalyst in accelerating the decarbonisation of New Zealand’s heavy fleet.”
Andrew Carpenter, TR Group’s Managing Director, added, “Customers are really interested in getting zero emission trucks on the road. At the same time, they are well aware of the many difficulties and risks involved in getting the vehicles and the supporting system set up and working well.”
“Our aim with this partnership is to help make it easier for clients to get to their goal and reduce some of the risks for them along the way.”