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30 eActros trucks for Centurion’s $29 million ‘off-grid truck fleet’ project

Centurion has revealed its plans to operate the country’s first off-grid truck fleet, with 30 Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks to join its Perth operations.

The trucks will form part of an Australian-first 100 per cent Renewable Energy off grid Battery Electric Vehicle fleet, joining Centurion’s Perth metro fleet.

The Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Future Fuels Program will contribute $15.8 million toward the $29 million project.

By the end of 2024, the eActros trucks will be fully powered by four megawatts of rooftop solar generation and off-grid battery energy storage, using 15 dual port chargers at Centurion’s Hazelmere depot.

Daimler Truck Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, commented, “Sustainability leadership is often talked about but rarely proven in this industry. Justin and the team at Centurion are true believers in making our world more sustainable; they are not just in it for a green headline.”

“This remarkable off-grid eActros project is truly inspiring, but Centurion has long been focused on reducing emissions and has been running the most fuel-efficient trucks that meet or exceed Euro 6 emission standards from Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz for many years, well before the standards are regulated.

“I applaud Centurion’s determination to make a difference and its commitment to lead the Australian transport industry on a path to a more sustainable future. I’d also like to thank the Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency and its Future Fuels Program for helping to make this project a reality,” he concludes.

Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci says the project is a significant step in Centurion’s decarbonisation journey as it continues to work towards net zero emissions.

“Centurion actively seeks to deploy technology where it’s ready to displace the diesel transport equivalent and the ARENA funding certainly helps support the project’s economics,” Cardaci said.

“For most of our operations, the zero emissions heavy transport technology won’t be ready for several years. However, battery electric trucks are now ready for operations across the wider metropolitan area and it’s great that Centurion has the capacity to bring this technology into our fleet.

“Operating a real zero emissions Mercedes-Benz eActros truck fleet from off grid solar and battery is a significant step in supporting the energy transition.”

The eActros has a range of 300km and a gross vehicle mass of 16 tonne, making it well suited to the Perth metro fleet.

The trucks run on three lithium-ion battery packs with 336kWh capacity, delivering a continuous output of 443hp (330kW) – and 536hp (400kW) at peak performance.

Using a 150kW charger, the eActros can charge from 20 per cent to 80 per cent in 1hour and 15 minutes.

Daimler Truck Australia Pacific Sales, marketing and operations vice president, Andrew Assimo, added, “Thanks to a massive investment in engineering by Daimler Truck, the eActros brings the most advanced technology to the class with innovative features such as the efficient eAxle.

“We can’t wait to see the eActros hit the road in Centurion colours as part of this fantastic initiative and look forward to helping Justin and his team continue their sustainability leadership.”

The Mercedes-Benz Trucks eActros will be officially launched in Australia in May, along with the next generation fully-electric Fuso eCanter.

Fuso was the first manufacturer to introduce an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) electric truck in Australia with the local launch of original eCanter in 2021.

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