(L-R) City of Newcastle Senior Field Worker Andrew Parkinson, City of Newcastle Manager Community Strategy & Innovation Ashlee Abbott, Cr Callum Pull, Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen, City of Newcastle Fleet Coordinator Ian Lorenz and City of Newcastle Sustainability Manager Steele Adams with the new electric truck, which will reduce CN's carbon emissions by more than 20 tonnes each year.

ELECTRIC DREAMS: City of Newcastle unveils its first electric truck

The diesel vehicle currently being used by City of Newcastle’s Parks and Recreation team will be replaced by a Hino electric truck.

The move is part of the City of Newcastle’s transition to a full zero-emissions fleet and will reduce carbon emissions by more than 20 tonnes each year.

“City of Newcastle was the first council in NSW to shift to 100% renewable energy in our operations, with our own solar farm at Summerhill and a power purchase agreement with the Sapphire Wind Farm,” Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said.

The launch of the electric truck follows previous trials of electric vehicles within CN’s fleet, including the replacement of four pool cars with equivalent full-electric passenger vehicles.

“Fossil-based liquid fuels such as diesel and unleaded petrol in CN cars, trucks, waste fleet, plant and equipment account for more than 90% of our remaining operational carbon emissions.

“This is produced from more than 1.6 million litres of fuel used annually across CN’s operations,” Cr Clausen said.

City of Newcastle will also be participating in the NSW Government’s recently announced Drive Electric NSW Electric Vehicle fleets incentive, which will help support the transition of its passenger fleet.