Hino EV smashes sales record

Hino VP says customer demand for lower emission vehicles contributed to a rise in deliveries of over 400 percent year-on-year
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Increasing customer demand for lower emission vehicles has seen 300 Series Hino Hybrid Electric have record sales.

This year has seen over 200 units already delivered for the Hybrid Electric, and an order bank of over 100.

Over the past five years the average deliveries were 35 per year, proving the lower emissions and reduced operating costs of the Hybrid Electric continue to win customers for Hino Australia.

“Customer demand for lower emission vehicles plus an increased business focus have contributed to a rise in deliveries of over 400 percent year-on-year,” says Hino VP of brand and franchise development Richard Emery.

“The Hybrid Electric has typically been purchased for freight and logistics applications, but recently new applications have emerged such as rental vehicles, infrastructure service bodies and the trade market, the new Built-to-Go range,” he says.

The 300 Series Hybrid Electric provides a unique combination of Euro 6 emissions compliance, lower operational costs and fuel and emission reductions without compromising operational range or payload.

Emery says the upsurge in enquiry and delivery of Hybrid Electric light-duty trucks has had a flow-on effect in other areas of the Hino business.

“The increased sales have driven a need for increased training for apprentice technicians – so far this year, we have delivered Hybrid Electric vehicles to Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, TAFE SA and Shellharbour TAFE, and Hino Australia’s Hybrid Electric training program will soon be offered to TAFE trainers,” he says.

“Similarly, Hino Australia has recently held specialised Hybrid Electric training for Royans Transport Accident Repairs management team to allow their smash repairers to better understand the specific requirements of repairing Hybrid vehicles.

“Based on the positive feedback, we will be looking to roll this training out to their networks nationally.

Rental company Sixt has become the first Australian-wide multi-franchise rental business to purchase Hybrid Electric trucks.

Sixt franchise owner Murari Rijal says they are excited to take this next step with Hino.

“The introduction of Hybrid Electric trucks to our fleet brings a positive impact on the environment and ensures cost savings for SIXT customers, especially during times of high-interest rates and cost-of-living pressures,” Rijal says.

Sixt’s head of product Ben Blackburn says, “I am excited to see the positive impact we are making on the environment, society, and the economy through our sustainable product offerings.”

“SIXT’s journey to electrify our fleet is a testament to our commitment to innovation and sustainability, and it sets a high standard for our industry.

A loyal Hino customer that will soon add Hybrid-Electric to its fleet is PFD Food Services.

PFD Foods national fleet manager Steve Wright says they are excited to add a Hybrid Electric to the fleet.

“Based on our location and operational requirements, we needed a vehicle with no range limitations, which is why the Hybrid Electric is the logical choice,” Wright says.

“It was an easy decision to combine reduced emissions with the excellent standard safety features of the Hino 300 Series.

“We will use telematics to track and record the fuel savings of the Hybrid Electric, and will therefore be able to calculate our immediate reduction in emissions.

“By delivering these advantages to market today, we are confident Hybrid Electric sales will continue to increase over the coming 24 months,” Emery says.

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