Daimler Fuso eCanter Electric Truck Enters Production

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Daimler Fuso eCanter

Daimler Fuso eCanter

The Daimler Fuso eCanter begins production in Europe, making Daimler the first global automaker to manufacture an all-electric light-duty truck in series.

President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, Mark Llistosella, announced:

“With today’s start of production of the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. From now on we can address the growing demand for locally emission free delivery trucks in Mega-Cities. We already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in one of the most iconic Mega-Cities, in New York, this September. Our Portuguese plant does not only produce the trucks for Europe and the US, we also benefit from a close cooperation with the authorities in Portugal and Lisbon testing the trucks there since 2014.”

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Fuso eCanter

Fuso is a brand of Daimler Trucks Asia. The company held a debut event last week at the production plant in Tramagal, Portugal. All eCanters (as well as “Canter” conventional versions) for both the European and U.S. markets will be manufactured at the Portugal facility. The first vehicles are set to be delivered next month.

The 160,000 square-meter plant has over 400 employees and currently produces the Fuso Canter and Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid for 30 European countries.

The first global deliveries of the Fuso eCanter will actually come out of the Kawaski plant in Japan, which started production on July 7, 2017.  The Seven-Eleven Co. convenience store in Japan has already ordered 25 trucks, and should have them in hand soon.

Battery packs for the eCanter are coming from Daimler subsidiary, Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany. The truck will feature six high voltage lithium-ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. The eCanter can travel about 100 km (~62 miles) on a charge and carry two to three tons. Trials conducted in Portugal and Germany from 2014 to 2017 show that the eCanter can save up to 1,000 Euros (~$1,200 USD) in operating costs for every 10,000 km (~6,200 miles) traveled.

Source: Daimler

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13 responses to "Daimler Fuso eCanter Electric Truck Enters Production"

  1. Ricardo says:

    62 miles with 13.8 kWh battery pack with a van with this size?

    1. alohart says:

      “The truck will feature six high voltage lithium-ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each.”

      So 82.8 kWh to travel 62 miles.

    2. cros13 says:

      13.8 x 6 = 82.8kWh

      so 100km on 82.8kWh

  2. Ricardo says:

    This is better that TM3

    1. Hans Wurst says:

      Oh you!

  3. David Lane says:

    Three cheers on this one.

    More than cars, electric trucks and buses will save the air in our cities.

  4. Mark C says:

    What about the Smith Newton trucks? Smith didn’t count as a “global” manufacturer? I would really like to see interest in these vehicles grow and them be able to put their elctric truck back inito production.

    The lower cost of batteries out there now might make it profitable.

  5. speculawyer says:

    Light duty trucking seems like a huge possible growth market. More & more cities are banning idling and charging congestion fees…things that can be often avoided with EVs. Light-duty trucks typically travel less than 100 miles a day.

    And loading docks should all start installing 240V wiring so that when an EV truck arrives, it can charge-up while it is being loaded/unloaded.

    1. Doggydogworld says:

      ……because EVs don’t cause congestion?

  6. offib says:

    That is abysmal.

    82kWh going 62 miles…

    Wtf!

    Protera buses that weighed 12 tonnes I remember were rated at 1.8 miles/kWh, but this Fuso is record breaking for its inefficiency.

    That must be a typo or maybe this is due to a refrigeration unit. Is the 62 miles a mix of city/motorway speeds? There must be something, this can’t be that pathetic!

    This needs much revision.

    1. Mikael says:

      I think you got something very wrong here. It would rather be 1.8 kWh/mile for the BYD buses.

      I was rather surprised the other way around that they didn’t need more energy.
      I wonder if that is fully loaded with max weight or how they have done it. If it is then it is impressive efficiency.

  7. Paul says:

    The story might not be correct. The chassis is rated for 15,995 lbs. GVWR with a range of up to 100 miles.

  8. Doggydogworld says:

    “he eCanter also offers flexible battery configurations, so end users can choose between maximizing the eCanter’s range to its full capacity of 100 miles, or working with a somewhat smaller range in order to maximize its payload.”

    http://www.worktruckshow.com/WTS/WTSpressreleases/WTS17pressconferences/FUSOlaunchesneweCanterandpremieresgaspoweredcabovers.aspx

    This article says cities are banning diesel. It also notes 4 million Fusos are out there, pretty impressive:

    http://www.trucknews.com/equipment/electric-fuso-ecanter-coming-north-america/1003074140/

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