Go West! The New Fuso eCanter
At the 2016 International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Mitsubishi Fuso presented the third generation of the world's first fully electric truck. Starting from 2017, the Daimler brand Fuso produces the small series for selected customers in Japan, Europe, and the US.
At the beginning of July, the FUSO eCanter was still celebrating its start of production in the Japanese Kawasaki plant – and at the end of July also in the Tramagal plant in Portugal. The Portuguese plant produces trucks for Europe and the US – from east to west. In action, it is locally emission-free and whisper-quiet, which is an important step for sustainable mobility in distribution haulage. The topic of “e-Mobility” is also of interest to suppliers because many business segments are yet uncovered here. Going electric allows them to tap new job markets and offer new, innovative Technologies.
At the event in Tramagal, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, Marc Llistosella, said:
With today’s start of production of the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. From now on we can address the growing demand for locally emission-free delivery trucks in Mega-Cities. We already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in one of the most iconic Mega-Cities, in New York, this September. Our Portuguese plant does not only produce the trucks for Europe and the US, we also benefit from a close cooperation with the authorities in Portugal and Lisbon testing the trucks there since 2014.
As the successor to the Fuso E-Cell, the new eCanter is the more advanced third generation of fully electric trucks. It was made possible by extensive customer trials with the second generation in Germany and Portugal. Motor capacity in particular was improved: In the eCanter, a new permanent synchronous electric motor purrs with an output of 185 kW and a torque of 285 Nm.
Not just environmentally friendly!
As a result, the new eCanter is not just environmentally friendly, but also cost efficient and economical. The tests in Portugal and Stuttgart showed that compared to diesel vehicles, up to 1,000 euros can be saved in operating costs over 10,000 km.