In the future, FUSO eCanter will make an important contribution to a more sustainable fleet management in delivery traffic in the urban environment and for a wide range of forwarding tasks. With the presentation of the E-FUSO product brand in October of this year, FUSO has already reaffirmed its commitment to alternative engines. In the coming years, all truck and bus models will receive an additional electric version.
First fully electric trucks from serial production - FUSO eCanter in the hands of customers in Europe
Marc Llistosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia, explains: "With the FUSO eCanter, we are delivering the first fully electric truck from serial production to our customers in Europe today. More than 90,000 kilometers in everyday tests ensure that we provide our customers with a reliable and economical vehicle. With our FUSO eCanter, our customers do not only operate in city centers quietly and without local CO2 emissions, they also save on operating costs. This is the future of urban distribution."
Wide range of applications for customers
The customers are all from the logistics sector, but the use of vehicles is very diverse. The vehicles are used by all customers for tasks that would otherwise be performed with conventional engines. When deciding on the FUSO eCanter, various factors such as noise and emissions reduction, fleet sustainability and business management factors play a role. The future drivers of the FUSO eCanter will be trained on the vehicle. Customers purchase the vehicles as part of a 24-month long-term rental agreement via CharterWay, the commercial vehicle rental experts within Daimler AG.
Deutsche Post DHL will be using the six vehicles in two important corporate divisions: In future, two vehicles will be used by DHL Freight to supply business and private customers in the inner city of Berlin, such as heavy unit loads for example electrical or large household appliances. DHL Paket uses the four vehicles in downtown Berlin for supplying companies and major customers. The electric trucks are fully integrated into the operational process and replace the vehicles previously used on the tour with conventional engines.
DB Schenker deliberately chose the FUSO eCanter. With this new vehicle, DB Schenker has the opportunity to test an e-series vehicle for city logistics under real production conditions. Among other things, one of the three vehicles will be used for the delivery and collection of general cargo shipments in downtown Berlin.
At the Rhenus Group, a global logistics service provider, the three FUSO eCanter will support the Home Delivery unit. From the central warehouse in Hoppegarten, the fully electric trucks will in future deliver furniture, brown and white goods as well as large sports equipment to downtown Berlin.
Two additional FUSO eCanter will be used by Dachser transport companies. Their task will be to deliver the core business of general cargo on the last mile. This includes the delivery of pallets with industrial goods either to micro hubs or directly to the customer's premises, as well as to pick up goods and take them to Dachser's branches. They are charged at a high-voltage charging station set up by the branches on the company premises.
Customers benefit from a wealth of experience
After years of extensive development and testing, the FUSO eCanter is fully integrated into the production line of the conventional FUSO Canter. Production began in July this year in Tramagal, Portugal. It produces all eCanter vehicles for the European and US markets. The global market launch of the new FUSO eCanter took place in New York City on the 14th of September. It is the world's first fully electric truck from serial production. Within the next few years, Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) plans to acquire a total of 500 trucks of this generation to selected customers. Large series production is planned for 2019. In the USA, FUSO eCanter will soon be operating for the logistics company UPS, while in Japan, supermarket chain Seven-Eleven Co. and Yamato Transport will each have 25 eCanter in their fleets.
FUSO can look back on many years of experience with hybrid and electric drives. Since 2005, FUSO has been selling the Canter Eco-Hybrid, a hybrid truck to customers in Europe and Asia. In 2010, FUSO presented a first prototype of the electric Canter at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover. FUSO started pre-series production for test purposes in 2014, and the development of the new series version of the FUSO eCanter which was based on all the experience and knowledge gained from various customer trials with the pre-series vehicle in Portugal and Germany, which were carried out between 2014 and 2017.
FUSO eCanter as an attractive alternative for sustainable fleets
The eCanter has a chassis load capacity of up to four and a half tons, depending on the construction and type of operation. The vehicle's electric powertrain consists of six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. Instead of a diesel engine, its electric drive train with a powerful permanent magnet motor which delivers 129 kW (180 hp) to the rear axle via an input gearbox. With a continuous output of 285 Newton meters, the 7.49 tonner accelerates almost like a car and is available from the first second of driving. The maximum speed of the eCanter is limited to 80 km/h, as with all vehicles in this weight category. The approx. 600 kg heavy batteries enable ranges of over 100 kilometers and thus surpass the distance travelled per day in light distribution traffic in many cases.
With this fully electric light truck, MFTBC is responding to the continuously increasing demand for emission-free and low-noise inner-city distribution traffic. The eCanter is not only environmentally friendly, it is also cost-efficient and economical for the customer. In comparison to a conventional diesel version, operating costs can be reduced by up to 1,000 euros over 10,000 km.
Complete electrification of the entire FUSO product range
MFTBC announced the complete electrification of all FUSO trucks and buses at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October this year. With the new product brand E-FUSO, MFTBC is the first manufacturer with its own e-mark for trucks and buses. In the coming years, all FUSO truck and bus models will be equipped with an additional electric version. The market launch of these models depends on the respective technical feasibility and cost-effectiveness.
In the electrification process of its trucks and buses, FUSO benefits greatly from the extensive experience and development progress of the Daimler Group, which invests heavily in electromobility. Daimler is systematically exploiting the synergies between the passenger car and commercial vehicle segments. Deutsche Accumotive - another Daimler subsidiary - supplies the E-FUSO trucks with batteries.
Mercedes-Benz Energy - a specialist in stationary storage systems - is developing applications for a second life cycle of the batteries. Daimler also holds shares in ChargePoint, the world's largest provider of charging stations and associated infrastructure. The Israeli start-up company called StoreDot is developing new fast charging technologies for batteries.