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July 2022 newsletter

Fonterra have launched their E700 Milk-E, New Zealand’s first electric milk tanker. At 46t gross, this is the largest on highway BEV in New Zealand.

Their first promo video is here.

Fonterra kindly loaned us Milk-E to exhibit at the Eroads Fleetday, as did Mainfreight with their E700 6×4 tractor.

A short video is here.

A couple more E700 8×4 cab chassis have arrived. These will have Mills Tui alloy tipper bodies added.

Charging a few batteries to swap for various customers in Penrose.

Introducing our new Etrucks Sales Manager, Louis Herrewyn who joins us from John Andrews Ford. You can contact Louis on 0223904603 or

Madusha Bandara has also joined Etrucks as an EV technician from Andrews Sims Motors.

Fiona Chen has joined the Landex and Etrucks accounts team from Nexus chartered accountants.

Our first 19t XC968EV fully electric loader is now in assembly for New Zealand.

The 21t fully electric XE215E will soon be available for order.

The first E100 metro delivery truck is now in testing at the factory.

XCMG’s first XDR80TE wide body electric mining truck operating outside China at a Vale mine site in Indonesia.
A short video is here.

Recent Etrucks® news

The first battery swapping E700 4×2 built for the European market.

A walk around is here:

Fully electric concrete mixer trucks leaving the factory in Xuzhou.

A short video is here:

XCMG have retained their number three ranking for construction machinery manufacturers for another year.

XCMG have released the first fully electric telehandler from China.

The robotic battery swap station for New Zealand has been upgraded to include number plate recognition and more tolerance for where the truck stops.

On average this year 660 battery swap trucks a month are going on the road in China. XCMG retains the greatest market share, their new production line can complete 60 heavy battery swapping trucks a day.

Introducing our new crawler boomlift range that can self level on both axis.
X10, lithium battery only, 10m working height, trailerable $57,000 + GST
X12, lithium plus Briggs, 12m working height, 5.5m outreach, $73,000 +GST

They also offer full remote control as in the video:

Our first fully electric wheel loaders for New Zealand are on the production line today, more pictures in next month’s newsletter.

E400 model coming soon

We can now offer the fully electric E400 as a 12t GVM 4×2 cab chassis. This will be our first electric truck with an integrated axle, no transmission or prop shaft. XCMG will use this cabin.

Battery swap attachment head

We have developed a battery swap attachment head in association with Monocrane. It is now up and running on our gantry in Penrose.
The process takes around 5 minutes from the truck pulling up, to driving off again.
The video is here:

Electric Concrete Truck

Great graphics on Firth’s new fully electric concrete truck, soon to be built with a Schwing Tech mixer. Schwing is fully owned by XCMG.

Metro trucks new 2022 specifications


We can now offer the 2022 specification of our metro trucks. A big lift in performance and range this year.
E100, 4,500kg GVM, 85kWh battery, 200km range, single speed
E300, 10,000kg GVM, 122kWh battery, 200km range, single speed

New E700s now in New Zealand

Our Etrucks®E700 fleet is growing with new trucks arriving last week. The 8×4 model and 3 6x4s now in Auckland.

Deals on Wheels cover page

Thanks to the Deals on Wheels team for the great cover shot and write up on the recent Auckland to Hamilton tests.