Daimler Presents New FUSO Canter E-Cell
Eight brand new FUSO Canter E-Cell electric trucks began customer trials in Portugal this month.
We are not sure how serious Daimler is on electrification of Canter, but this is already the second step as the original prototype model had world premiere at the IAA 2010.
“The cleanest technology, whatever the application: Fuso is a pioneer of “green” drive systems in the commercial vehicle sector. The Daimler subsidiary in Japan is the home of Daimler Trucks’ centre of competence for hybrid technology, and with this experience behind it, Fuso has also been responsible for developing the new battery-electric-powered “Zero Emission” Canter E-Cell. The first all-electric light-duty truck, produced in a small series, runs emission-free and almost silently. The Canter E-Cell for Europe is manufactured at the Tramagal plant in Portugal. Eight vehicles have now been released for customer trials.”
Dr. Albert Kirchmann, President & CEO Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation stated:
“The Fuso Canter E-Cell allows us once again to emphasize our leadership in the field of alternative drive systems. Led by Daimler Trucks’ advanced engineering team based in Japan, our colleagues in Portugal now realized yet another big milestone, bringing the latest Daimler Trucks innovation into the world.”
The fleet is set to run for one year. Trucks are fitted with either a 4.3 m-long platform body or a 4.4 m-long box body to suit different duties:
“The city of Lisbon will be using the Canter E-Cell for horticultural and waste disposal purposes, the city of Porto as a means of transport between its various municipal buildings and the city of Abrantes similarly in the field of horticulture. The company Transporta will use the Canter E-Cell for house-to-house deliveries as part of its short-radius distribution service, the energy supplier REN for transport purposes within the port area of the town of Sines, to the south of Lisbon. And lastly, the Canter E-Cell will be helping the Portuguese national postal service CTT with transport runs between its distribution centres in Lisbon.”
FUSO Canter E-Cell is based on the chassis of the conventional Canter, which allows a permissible gross vehicle weight of 6.0 t. Payload at around 3.0 t is by Daimler described as remarkably high.
Despite this being a German-Japanese EV, the heart is from the US, from UQM Technologies to be exact. 110 kW and 650 Nm unit with single-speed transmission seems enough to do the job. Top speed is limited to 90 km/h or 56 mph.
With range of more than 100 km (62 miles), FUSO Canter E-Cell doesn’t rock, but at least this is first electric vehicle from Daimler with DC quick charging capability.
“Located on each side of the frame are a total of four battery packs, accommodated in two fully encapsulated boxes. These are lithium-ion batteries with an impressive nominal capacity of 48.4 kWh. This gives the Fuso Canter E-Cell a range of over 100 km, more than many short-radius distribution trucks in fact travel in a day. Charging the batteries at 230 volts takes around seven hours, while use of a rapid-charging system can reduce this to just one hour.”
According to the press release, the Canter plant at Tramagal, Portugal turned 50 years old – just in time to switch to electric drive.
“The handover of the eight Fuso Canter E-Cell to this group of Portuguese customers represents a further highlight of this anniversary year for the Tramagal plant, which took up production of trucks 50 years ago. The plant, some 150 km to the north-east of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, is the central production plant for Fuso Canter in Europe. Last year saw the production of around 4.000 Canter. The location is an integral part of the global production network for Daimler Trucks.”
Early 2010 prototype on display: