It’s been exactly a year now since the FUSO eCanter celebrated its global launch in New York City. Just a few months before that, production of the small series had begun in the FUSO plants in Tramagal, Portugal, and Kawasaki, Japan. The FUSO eCanter is the first all-electric production truck from Daimler Trucks.
The vehicle is currently being used in six cities in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. by customers that include the Rhenus and DHL logistics companies in Germany, the Wincanton and DPD logistics companies in the UK, the city of Lisbon in Portugal, and PostNL and the Cornelissen Group transport company in the Netherlands. The grocery retailer SevenEleven and the Yamato logistics company in Japan operate around 30 eCanter models, while customers in the U.S. include the UPS parcel delivery company, the University of California, and various non-profits, among them the New York Botanical Garden.
Clean, quiet, efficient — and economical
With the eCanter, FUSO’s is responding to the public’s demand for exhaust-free and low-noise distribution haulage in cities. Indeed, the all-electric light truck is designed to minimize noise pollution in cities around the world and help reverse the trend toward higher air pollution levels as well. The eCanter is not just an environmentally friendly vehicle; it’s also cost-efficient and economical for its users. Depending on its body, it has a payload capacity of up to 3.5 tons, and its electric drivetrain incorporates six high voltage lithium-ion batteries, each storing 13.8 kilowatt hours at 420 volts. With 390 Nm of constant power output, the 175-hp, 7.49-ton vehicle can accelerate almost like a car. Its top speed is limited to 80 km/h — as is the case with all vehicles in this weight class. The batteries, which together weigh around 600 kilograms, enable driving ranges of more than 100 km — more than enough for daily urban distribution transportation in most cases. There’s more as well: Compared to a conventional diesel model, the operating costs for the eCanter can be as much as €1,000 lower for each 10,000 km driven.
Into the future with the E-FUSO and EMG
The eCanter is just one more vehicle that continues FUSO’s longstanding tradition of leading the way when it comes to the development of economical, individualized, and versatile transport solutions. With the launch of the new E-FUSO product brand, which was presented for the first time at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, FUSO is underscoring its determination to electrify its entire product range. In order to ensure the successful establishment of electric vehicles on the road today and tomorrow, FUSO is tapping into the knowledge and expertise at various Daimler partner companies.
The combined electric vehicle expertise at Daimler Trucks was consolidated into the Electro Mobility Group (EMG) in the middle of this year. Current electric vehicle projects in addition to the eCanter: The Mercedes-Benz eActros, which is currently being tested by customers; the eCascadia and the eM2 — both electric truck prototypes from Freightliner that are currently being developed as pre-production vehicles so that tests at customers can begin.
Overview of all eCanter customers: Dachser, DB Schenker, DHL, P&H Logistik, and Rhenus in Germany; Wincanton PLC, DPD, Hovis, and Yodel in the UK; the city of Lisbon, Portugal; Albert Heijn B.V., Bidfood B.V., the Cornelissen Group B.V., PostNL — the postal service — and Technische Unie B.V in the Netherlands; Yamato and SevenEleven in Japan; UPS, JB Hunt, Milea, NYC DCAS P&R, the University of California, XPO Sales, DTNA/Salem, and various New York-based non-profits in the U.S.