World Premiere. The eCanter.
Daimler Trucks Asia celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City. The FUSO eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck, and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe, and Japan. DTA is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation eCanter to customers within the next two years, and large scale production is intended to start in 2019.
“In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric vehicle. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to now step into this new era as leaders in the CV industry. Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, and Daimler Trucks Asia said. “Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”
The all-electric light-duty truck is DTA’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner-city distribution. In addition to being an environmentally friendly vehicle, it is cost-efficient and economical for users, as already proved within customer tests in Europe. The FUSO eCanter has a 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 savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
eCanter Ready for Primetime
The FUSO eCanter will be fully integrated in the production line for the conventional combustion Fuso Canter truck. This past summer, DTA celebrated the start of production of eCanter in Kawasaki, Japan for eCanter distribution within Japan and the broader Asian markets, and also in Tramagal, Portugal which will assemble all eCanter vehicles for the European and U.S. markets.
Result of intensive research and customer testing
This global launch of the new FUSO eCanter is not just a product launch – it’s a revolution years in the making: At the 2010 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, FUSO presented a first prototype of an electrically powered Canter E-Cell, leading into a pre-series production for testing purposes in 2014. The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series vehicles between 2014 and 2017. 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 their fleet. DTA is committed developing & embracing sustainable and reliable transportation solutions to benefit society and the planet. The eCanter is only the beginning.