KUALA LUMPUR: UD Trucks and its sole distributor partner Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) announced that Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s largest electricity utility supplier for businesses, homes and industries, has recently purchased six units of UD Trucks’ medium-duty Croner, bringing to a total of 78 units of UD Trucks vehicles the power company currently owns.
A vehicle handover ceremony was held recently at the headquarters of TNB to officially mark the delivery of the trucks and it was attended by the senior management teams of TNB Fleet Management Department, UD Trucks and TCIE.
The trucks would be used to transport diesel fuel to refuel TNB’s mobile generator sets during operation at site.
Datuk S. Viswanathan, Head of Fleet Management Department, TNB shared in a short speech during the truck handover ceremony, “As the national electricity provider, TNB has an important role in ensuring that customers get reliable supply from our system network. The acquisition of UD Trucks’ medium-duty Croner would serve as support trucks to transport diesel fuel for mobile generator sets that would be mobilised in the event of unexpected disruption.
"We need to quickly deploy mobile generator sets to minimise the duration of an outage. These mobile generator sets, which are equipped on trucks including on UD Trucks’ heavy-duty Quester, need to be stationary and operational on-site and must be refuelled from time to time to keep them going.”
Last year, TNB purchased nine units of the heavy-duty UD Quester trucks, which comprised of seven units of 18-tonne trucks and two units of 24-tonne trucks that are now being used as mobile generator sets deployed across the country.
Steve Hedouin, Managing Director, UD Trucks Hub Malaysia & Oceania said, “UD Trucks feels honoured that TNB has decided to purchase UD Croner to provide the support for the mobile generator sets. UD Croner was specifically made for growth markets like Malaysia, with versatility, uptime and safety in mind. It is one of the most fuel-efficient trucks in its category as it combines a new engine series and a more aerodynamic cab design. This truck was built and designed to deliver extra productivity and superior uptime and we truly believe that UD Croner will serve TNB’s needs well.”
According to TNB’s Fleet Management Department, there are positive feedback from their drivers on UD Croner which include easy drivability and comfort over long distance, strong safety alert features, fuel-coaching system that helps to improve driving behavior by prompting the driver to use optimal revs and reduce unnecessary acceleration and TCIE’s fast aftermarket service response.
Jaclyn Loy, Chief Operating Officer, TCIE added, “We would like to thank TNB for putting their solid trust and confidence in UD Trucks and TCIE to provide reliable transport solutions. This truly highlights a successful relationship with a valued customer based on our brand promise to go the extra mile, which comprises quality products and strong aftermarket support that we have been providing to TNB.”