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First long-range electric trucks to New Zealand

20 June 2024

Windrose Technology will work with Auckland based Etrucks® to bring the first long-range electric trucks to New Zealand. The Windrose E1400 6×4 semi tractor features extreme aerodynamic efficiency, with an industry low coefficient of drag of 0.2755.

Combined with the 729kWh battery capacity, this allows a loaded duration that exceeds any other electric truck available in New Zealand. Testing in China, the United States and Europe has shown the Windrose is capable of 670km duration on one charge, loaded to 49t GVM.

That will mean Auckland to Wellington will be possible, with minimal charging on the journey. The Windrose E1400 can be configured with megawatt charging (MCS) or dual gun CCS2. Either system will allow the addition of 400km of range in 35 minutes of charging.

The dual drive axles offer a peak power of 1400hp available, far higher than any on highway truck in New Zealand. Etrucks® has placed an initial order with Windrose Technology for 20 units. The first sample truck will arrive in September for extended local testing, and production orders will be accepted from mid-2025.

Wen Han, founder, chairman, and CEO of Windrose Technologies considers New Zealand as an important part of their global roll out. “Windrose is aiming to the first truly global EV truck brand for China, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and many other markets to come.”

Ross Linton, Director of Etrucks sees the Windrose E1400 as a breakthrough in new energy heavy trucks. “The duration and speed of charging of the Windrose E1400 moves the boundaries significantly for electric heavy transport. We can now offer an affordable zero emission freight option to the longer haul sector.”

For further information on the Windrose E1400 click here.

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