Starting July 2017, the FUSO eCanter is produced as small-series at the FUSO plants in Tramagal (Portugal) and Kawasaki (Japan). This makes Daimler Trucks the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series.
The all-electric light-duty truck is FUSO’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission and zero-noise truck for inner-city distribution. It helps to solve the increasing noise and pollution problems in urban environments across the globe. Interest of customers is high – for example, the convenience store chain Seven-Eleven will be operating 25 units of the new eCanter in their fleet in Japan within this year.
After entering small scale series production, it will just be the natural next step to start with large scale series production in the future. The experiences from this small series in customer hands will also help FUSO for the large scale production in the future.
In addition to being an environment-friendly vehicle, the FUSO eCanter is also cost‑efficient and economical for users. The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity of two to three tons – 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. The battery packs are being delivered from the 100 percent Daimler subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany.
Extensive experience in customers’ hands since 2014
The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series between 2014 and 2017. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
FUSO has a long history in alternative drivetrains for trucks. Series production of the Canter Eco Hybrid began in 2006, while the second generation has been in production since 2012. At the 2010 IAA, FUSO already presented a first prototype of an electrically powered Canter E-Cell, leading into a pre-series production for testing purposes in 2014. An outlook on the FUSO eCanter small series celebrated its world premiere at the IAA in 2016.