Hot on the heels of its supply deal with Australia Post, Daimler Truck has had another leading transport and logistics fleet add an electric Fuso eCanter light duty truck with national operator Centurion adding one of the zero emission Fusos, in a move it says will prevent seven tonnes of carbon emissions a year from entering the atmosphere.

The truck is  the first zero-emission electric vehicle deployed by Centurion and will be operated out of  Centurion’s McKay branch in North Queensland, providing 3PL and network services to multiple mine sites across Central Queensland, with the eCanter set to be used in partnership with BHP.

Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci said the company was committed to reducing its carbon emissions across its Australian operations.

“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,” said Cardaci at the unveiling,.

“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,” he added.

“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,” Cardaci said.

Centurion said it has had a long-established relationship with Daimler Truck and Bus as one of the suppliers of the company’s fleet of trucks.

Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said the company was proud of its association with Centurion.

“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,” said Whitehead.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer Centurion the only Original Equipment Manufacturer electric truck with active safety technology in Australia,”  he said.

Justin Cardaci said 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.