European emission rules, which are the foundation for the Euro 6 technology, were introduced in the early 1990s and the technology has worked its way up from a Euro 1 to the current Euro 6, so Brett.
“These new systems are 96 percent more efficient than the Euro 1 so that gives you an idea of how far the technology has come,” he adds.
Transitioning the entire fleet to the new trucks will also have a massive impact on the company’s fuel efficiency.
“Per 1 million kilometres travelled the trucks save around $50,000 on fuel, that’s a major cost saving alongside the environmental benefits,” says Brett.
Brett has estimated Open Country will save $150,000 to $180,000 a year on fuel in their Southland fleet alone.
The tankers are a big investment and are brought into New Zealand by distributors for Swedish based Scania and Daff, which comes out of Holland.