Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks has launched the FUSO eCanter the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck. eCanter will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan.
MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019. FUSO says the company’s first U.S. commercial partner for the eCanter as UPS will use the zero-emission trucks with an eye to making its fleet more sustainable. The company is part of Daimler Trucks – the global leader with truck brands such as Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz and FUSO.
The all-electric light-duty truck is claimed to MFTBC’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner-city distribution. MFTBC says it is cost-efficient and economical for users, and already proved within customer tests in Europe. The FUSO eCanter has a limited range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle´s electric powertrain contains six high-voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers claimed savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
In coordination with the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, FUSO also will supply a fleet of local zero‑e mission FUSO eCanter trucks to well-known New York based not-for-profits, including: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and Big Reuse Brooklyn.
In May of 2017, MFTBC announced its first commercial customer for the new in-line series production vehicle in the Japanese market. Seven-Eleven Co., Ltd. will be operating 25 units of the eCanter in its fleet. After unveiling the first charging station in Japan and starting production at a plant in Portugal, The New York launch “underlines the commitment of both FUSO and New York State to developing and embracing sustainable and reliable transportation solutions to benefit society and the planet.”