The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, a blue ribbon event of its kind, has occasioned a new showcase from Daimler in commercial vehicle technology including a concept fuel cell-powered light duty truck.
Known as the Vision F-CELL, the electric truck uses the power of a Fuel Cell as an option to extend its range.
As the first brand to launch an all-electric truck in small series production in 2017, Fuso, whose eCanter is undergoing trials by Australia Post, has delivered 140 of these vehicles to customers in Japan, Europe and the United States.
Meanwhile, the 7.5 tonne Vision F-CELL is a fully drivable concept model with a range of an estimated 300km.
It has maximum continuous power of 75kW (fuel cell) and 135kW on a 3 Hybrid Vehicle battery.
Japan's first heavy duty truck equipped with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Level 2 automated driving technology, the Fuso Shogun, as it is known in Australia features automated actuation of the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes and is equipped with various driver assistance technologies.
Driver burdens, according to Daimler Trucks Asia, are reduced and safe driving is supported.
This follows a recent announcement from Daimler Trucks & Buses, in which it will pursue, as part of its sustainable corporate strategy, only new vehicles that are Co2 neutral in driving operation or tank to wheel in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and NAFTA by 2039.
Series-produced vehicles with battery-electric drive in its vehicle portfolio will be included in its main sales regions Europe, USA and Japan by 2022.
Hydrogen-powered series production vehicles will extend Daimler's range of commercial vehicles by 2029.
As part of the announcement all European Daimler Trucks & Buses plants will be CO2-neutral by the year 2022 with all other plants to follow.
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG Martin Daum, said having CO2-neutral transport on the road by 2050 was the company's ultimate goal.
"This can only be achieved if competitive conditions for CO2-neutral transport are created for our customers in terms of costs and infrastructure," he said in a statement.
"As it takes about ten years to completely renew a fleet until 2050, our ambition is to offer ‘tank-to-wheel’ locally CO2-neutral new vehicles in the triad by the year 2039," Daum said.
"Truly CO2-neutral transport only works with battery-electric or hydrogen-based drive. We were the first manufacturer to seriously commit to electromobility in heavy trucks and, today, are pioneers and in all segments with electric vehicles in customer use."