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Daimler Trucks launches all-electric FUSO eCanter truck

18 September 2017

At a launch event in New York City, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks, announced the global launch of the FUSO eCanter—the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck, according to Daimler. The truck will be delivered to customers in the United States, Europe and Japan, starting this year.

First all-electric trucks have been provided to UPS and four New York City based non-profits. FUSO is planning to deliver 500 units to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019.

FUSO eCanter all-electric truck at a global launch event in New York City

At the global launch, FUSO announced that UPS is their first US commercial partner for the eCanter. UPS is currently operating more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles. There was no indication of how many FUSO eCanter trucks were actually supplied.

In coordination with the office of New York Attorney General, FUSO also will supply a fleet of FUSO eCanter trucks to four New York based not-for-profits, including Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and Big Reuse Brooklyn.

The FUSO eCanter has a range of more than 60 miles 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 $2,000 per 10,000 miles on operating costs (based on European diesel price).

The FUSO eCanter will be integrated in the production line for the conventional combustion Fuso Canter truck in Tramagal, Portugal. The production plant will assemble all eCanter vehicles for the European and US markets.

Source: Daimler