Constructing New Hybrid Test Bench in Kitsuregawa Proving Ground, Japan
Fuso’s Continuing Hybrid Development Part of Daimler Trucks’ “Shaping Future Transportation”-Initiative
Mr. Genichiro Ishii Appointed New Head of Global Hybrid Center
Stuttgart/Kawasaki – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has reached a major milestone in hydrid truck sales. The company has now sold over 1,000 units of the Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck since its market introduction in 2006. Most of the trucks have been sold in Japan, but a number are on duty in Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong as well.
In the second generation, the hybrid truck, with its parallel hybrid system, significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions while providing easy operation on the job.
New Hybrid Test Bench to Open in Late 2010
Building on the success of the Canter Eco Hybrid, MFTBC continues to invest in hybrid development. In December 2010, the company will open a specialized hybrid test bench within its Kitsuregawa Proving Ground, Japan. The new facility will be capable of testing hybrid powertrains in various real-life environment and driving modes, broadening real-time testing possibilities such as virtually changing battery size and output on site. The facility will be a key tool to developing even cleaner and more fuel efficient hybrid vehicles in the future.
New Head of Global Hybrid Center, Mr. Genichiro Ishii
MFTBC also announced a new Head of the Global Hybrid Center (GHC), Mr. Genichiro Ishii.
Mr. Ishii has served in numerous roles in Mitsubishi Fuso Research & Development, including leading Mitsubishi Fuso’s activities in the Daimler Trucks initiative to develop a new heavy-duty engine concept for use in group vehicles worldwide.
Mr. Ishii succeeds Mr. Fumio Akikawa, who has reached retirement age, but remains as a consultant for hybrid sales strategy. MFTBC thanks Mr. Akikawa for his strong contribution in the founding and start-up of the GHC, and looks forward to further utilizing his expertise as the hybrid business continues to grow.
Opened in 2008, the GHC is the worldwide hub for Daimler Trucks hybrid vehicle development. It is charged with synchronizing Daimler Trucks’ global hybrid efforts including activities at Daimler Trucks North America in the NAFTA region and Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Europe.