Daimler’s New Fuso eCanter Electric Truck To Be Sold In US, Europe And Japan Next Year

8 months ago by Mark Kane 11

Daimler unveiled it all-new electric truck Fuso eCanter from the at the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicles Show.

2017 Fuso eCanter

2017 Fuso eCanter

Most importantly, it’s not a concept, and next year the company will launch small series production for customers in Europe, the USA and Japan.

For the Fuso specifically, it’s actually the third generation of vehicle, but first which will enter market.

Range of the eCanter is pegged at 100 km (62 miles) with a 70 kWh battery (five 14 kWh units), but there will be option to order versions with 3-6 modules, varying the (water-cooled) battery pack size from 42 to 84 kWh.

For the powertrain, Fuso utilizes a 185 kW / 380 Nm permanent synchronous electric motor coupled to a single-speed transmission propelling rear axle.

Charging comes up in about seven hours via normal AC charging, or up to 80% in 1 hour DC fast charging. In the future, Daimler intends to increase charging power to 170 kW DC, and thus be able to replenish energy in half the time.

2017 Fuso eCanter

2017 Fuso eCanter

On the Fuso eCanter:

“The vehicle being premiered at the IAA features a battery capacity of 70 kWh. Depending on the body, load and also usage, a range of more than 100 km without stationary recharging is possible. The batteries are spread over five units, one centrally in the frame right behind the cab and two more on each side of the frame. They are water-cooled lithium-ion batteries that feature a long service life, high efficiency, especially at high ambient temperatures, and also compact design of the battery units. Despite the weight of the battery pack, the Fuso eCanter nevertheless boasts an outstanding weight balance: the chassis load capacity of the 7.49-tonne vehicle is 4.63 t including the body and load.

Individual battery packs with three to six sets of batteries of 14 kWh each are planned for the upcoming small-scale production run. This allows the eCanter to be adapted to customer requirements with regards to range, price and weight. The concept is based on the experience that for some operators, payload is more important than range, while others are happy to sacrifice payload for longer range, i.e. more battery packs. Equally adaptable are the charging options: up to 80 percent capacity within an hour with direct current at a quick charging station, or 100 percent in seven hours with alternating current. In the future, rapid charging with 170 kW will also be possible in only half an hour, meaning 80 percent battery capacity. A standard Combo 2 plug (known as Combined Charging System) is used for charging.

Fuso eCanter with new design

The exhibition vehicle features a unique and attractive design, with LED headlamps and also a distinct grille and bumper, and a redesigned interior including a central, removable tablet. The wide comfort cab is painted in metallic blue, while the fully-clad sides are finished in anthracite grey with a blue LED strip. A walk-on glass floor in the exhibition vehicle’s box body offers a view of the drive unit and the batteries.

2017 Fuso eCanter

2017 Fuso eCanter

All-electric light-duty truck with high savings potential over diesel engines

The Fuso eCanter’s locally zero-emission drive will not only reduce the impact of exhaust and noise emissions on city centres, but will also be an economically attractive alternative to diesel engines. Thanks to lower technology costs, the eCanter can be offered at a competitive price at market launch. Lower running costs compared with an equivalent diesel model mean that any additional expense can be repaid in around three years.

The results of a year-long fleet test with the second generation of the Fuso Canter E-Cell have shown that around €1000 per 10 000 km can be saved with this vehicle compared with a diesel version. Coupled with maintenance costs which are around 30 percent lower, this makes the Fuso an economical solution for customers. These vehicles have proven their suitability for daily use in short-radius distribution and urban transport.

Fuso is a leader in “green trucks”

Alongside Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner, Fuso is the third brand from Daimler Trucks. The company has its headquarters and largest plant in Kawasaki near Tokyo. The Fuso Canter for European markets is produced at the Tramagal plant in Portugal. Fuso is the leading manufacturer of “green” light-duty trucks and has over 40 years of experience as a developer of electric drives.

Series manufacture of the Canter Eco Hybrid began in 2006, while the second generation has been in production since 2012. Fuso presented the first generation of the electrically powered Canter E-Cell at the IAA 2010, with the second generation following in 2014. The all-electric Fuso eCanter celebrating its world premiere at the IAA this year marks the third generation of the vehicle and will go into small series production by 2017.”

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11 responses to "Daimler’s New Fuso eCanter Electric Truck To Be Sold In US, Europe And Japan Next Year"

  1. Alan says:

    Seems slightly impractical putting only a 70kWh battery in it, could do with double that but I guess it’s ok for City deliveries and every little helps.

    1. Heisenberghtbacktotherootsandnuts says:

      This is a typical case of the “let’s show the world how unpractical a EV is” approach, commonly used by established car / truck producers who make more money by selling their ICE versions…

      There is absolutely no technical reason why Daimler would not be able to put a bigger battery optional. If Tesla can fit 100kWh into an X, in fact Daimler engineers could very easily fit 200kWh and more into a Fuso Canter… It is a shame that their financial guys don’t allow them to do so…

      This way Daimler engineers look stupid.

      Stand up Daimler engineers!

      Fight for your right to be a good engineer!

      The world is laughing at you!

  2. wavelet says:

    Not clear whether M-B did any of the engineering or not; if not, it’ll take more time until this trickles over to M-B’s own trucks.
    Either way, given Daimler’s significance (across 6 truck/large commercial van/bus brands) — IIRC the largest vendor globally — this could mean rapid adoption of EV trucks. And in this market, it’s not a compliance issue. Adopters will do it if it makes sense.

    1. Zerbert says:

      Yeah that Sprinter Van has been waiting for a 70kwh battery for like 5 years. That’d be 120+ miles easy.

  3. Yogurt says:

    If any one else is wondering why a Daimler product has the Mitsubishi logo the following is from wiki…

    Fuso… a German-owned, Japanese-based manufacturer of trucks and buses headquartered in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa which is one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers. Daimler AG of Germany owns 89.29 percent of Mitsubishi Fuso…

    1. Djoni says:

      That was my exact question.
      Thank Yogurt!

    2. Rob says:

      Thank you. My question answered!

  4. Bill Howland says:

    Seems nice, although most buyers wouldn’t care about the blue-lighted grille or hub caps.

    Seems to need a 10 kw wall box which is easily implemented world wide. (Both Leviton and Clipper Creek make cost effictive units for any trucks making their way stateside).

    Only question is the price of the big battery truck – no doubt the most popularly requested.

  5. Heisenberghtbacktotherootsandnuts says:

    Bulls*** Daimler!

    It’s a shame that you produce “a small series” of CASTRATED 84kWh trucks!

    Anyone here seeing what they do here?

    Why the heck are they talking about 100 kilometers?

    Why not talk about the bigger configuration?

    Why not just put at least Tesla X like 100kWh?

    Why that bs talk about being the 3rd generation?

    Stop that anti EV propaganda Daimler!

    Please, please inside EV staff add a little more criticism to such “releases”!

    This whole thing is shouting: “I am anti EV propaganda! Spread the word! EV are impractical! Even the third generation is still shitty crap! Buy our ICE version! Anyway it’s a small series, so you will have huge problems with spare parts hahaha! Don’t forget :ev stand still while charging, we didn’t add recuperation haha we added RESISTORS!!! Don’t forget 100km is the maximum! We just can’t do more, we work as hard as we can, all our engineers are putting all their brains into finding out how the hell TESLA can fit bigger batteries into smaller vehicles… We’ll call you in 2029 when we finally found out how to… Until then we let our engineers look stupid but we don’t care! Haha. We make money! You loose! Haha”

    Spread the word!

  6. Freeewilly says:

    Not every truck needs to go long distance. There are a lot of small trucks delivery goods inside of the city, they probably just need to cover 20 to 30 miles of range. Lots of stop and go traffic, which is perfect condition for electric trucks.

    I hope it sells well.

  7. Jason says:

    Apart from cost and weight, there does not seem to be any logic to use small 70kw battery. Regardless inner city deliveries, who knows when that emergency crops up and you need to go 200mi?
    The design does not appear to have any aerodynamics, so cruising across town on the freeway is going to eat the battery.
    70kw fast charge, 80℅ in an hour sounds pretty slow, can only hope they get this improved quickly.
    3rd generation? Hate to think what previous generations were like.