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Fuso eCanter to start local trials in 2018

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has 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 after first of the units are delivered to parcel carrier, UPS.

MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years, with larger scale production intended to start in 2019.

“We are very excited about the eCanter, the first electric truck from a global manufacturer. It will change the way people think about electrification in the Australian freight industry,” said Fuso Truck and Bus Australia Director, Justin Whitford.

“Fuso Truck and Bus Australia is currently developing a plan to involve local customers in a trial that is planned to start next year, following on from the initial introduction in the United States, Japan and Europe.”

To celebrate the launch, FUSO set up a temporary installation in New York City’s East Village called 'Energy Station of the Future'.

“Our new FUSO eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution," said Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus.

The FUSO eCanter has a range of 100km and a load capacity up to three and a half tonnes  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 €1,000 ($1,490) per 10,000km on operating costs.

UPS has said the new EV trucks will build on the company’s ‘Rolling Laboratory’ fleet that comprises more than 8,500 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

“At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet,” said UPS President – Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, Carlton Rose. “Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter. We have a long-standing global relationship with Daimler, and we welcome the opportunity to trial the Fuso eCanter as UPS continues to realise the benefits of electric trucks.”


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