The significance of high productivity motor vehicles (HPMVs) in freight efficiency was highlighted in the Hawke’s Bay recently, where a ceremony was held recently to celebrate truck trips saved by HPMV.
Two of the country’s first HPMVs have between them moved 1 million tonnes of export pulp from the Pan Pac Mill at Whirinaki to the Napier Port since 2012.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Freight Strategy Manager Marinus La Rooij attended the celebration and reflected on how these HPMVs helped the Transport Agency learn how to manage the wider uptake of HPMVs across New Zealand
“These two vehicles showed us how economic benefits of between 14 and 20 per cent could be achieved and how to work with industry and local government to make it happen.”
By moving more freight on fewer trucks these two HPMVs have cut the amount of diesel required to move the million tonnes by about 9 per cent, a saving of around 210,000 kgs of CO2 and reduced the total truck trips required by around 33 per cent.