FUSO eCanter first Fully-Electric in-line production truck
New York City, NY – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks – the global market leader with truck brands including; Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz and FUSO – today 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. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation eCanter to customers within the next two years. Large scale production is intended to start in 2019.
The all-electric light-duty truck is MFTBC’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 eco-friendly vehicle, it is cost-efficient and economical for users, as already proven in 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 of up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
After years of research and intensive customer testing, the FUSO eCanter will be fully integrated into the production line for the conventional combustion Fuso Canter truck. This past July, MFTBC celebrated the start of production of eCanter in Tramagal, Portugal. The production plant will assemble all eCanter vehicles for European and U.S. markets. The Portuguese government has been continuously supporting the development of the eCanter since early stage development in 2010 through today, and for the future to come.