Logan Township, NJ — FUSO has launched its new eCanter all-electric medium-duty cabover, as well at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, September 25–28, 2017.
eCanter at a glance
While Daimler’s subsidiary, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) hosted the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City on September 14, the NACV Show marks the first time that fleet and vocational truck buyers will have a chance to see the world’s first series-produced, all-electric Class 4 work truck. The first production models will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan, and MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019.
The FUSO eCanter gives fleets a zero-local-emission, zero-noise truck option for inner-city distribution, helping to resolve increasing noise and pollution problems in urban environments. In addition to being an eco-friendly vehicle, the eCanter is cost-efficient and economical for users.
The FUSO eCanter offers a GVWR of 15,995 lb., has a range of more than 60 miles and a body/payload capacity of approximately 9,380 lb., depending on body and usage. The vehicle’s electric powertrain contains six 420V Mercedes-Benz lithium-ion battery packs with a total capacity of 82.8 kWh. Compared to an equivalent diesel truck, it offers operating cost savings up to $2,000 per 10,000 miles of operation.
According to Jecka Glasman, FUSO’s president and CEO, “We are very proud to be the frontrunner in this market, bringing the first series-produced electric trucks to North American streets. Our parent company, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), has a long history in alternative drivetrains, and the eCanter marks a new era of not just prototyping but actually producing 100% plug-in electric trucks in series on the same line as the combustion vehicles.”
The FUSO eCanter benefits from the extensive experience FUSO engineers gained through customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany between 2014 and 2017.
First all-electric trucks provided to UPS and four New York City based non-profits
At the global launch, FUSO also announced the company’s first U.S. commercial partner for the eCanter: UPS will use the zero-emission trucks with an eye to moving their fleet toward being more sustainable.
Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, UPS: “At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet. Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter, adding to our already more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles in service today. We have a long-standing global relationship with Daimler, and we welcome the opportunity to trial the Fuso eCanter as UPS continues to realize the benefits of electric trucks.”
In coordination with the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, FUSO also will supply a fleet of local zero-emission FUSO eCanter trucks to well-known New York based not-for-profits, including: the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and Big Reuse Brooklyn.