Daimler Unveils New Vision One Electric Semi Truck

OCT 25 2017 BY MARK KANE 23

Bring on the big, heavy-hauling electric truck.

Daimler Trucks is present at the Tokyo Motor Show through its Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), which is launching the E-FUSO brand – exclusively dedicated to electric mobility of trucks and buses.

E-FUSO Vision One & eCanter

MFTBC announced a commitment to electrify its complete FUSO range of trucks and buses in the upcoming years.

The first model is the eCanter small truck, and from the stage in Tokyo FUSO also presented a new concept for an all-electric heavy duty truck, called the E-FUSO Vision One, specifically for regional intra-city distribution.

The E-FUSO Vision One can accommodate battery packs of up to 300 kWh, good for up to 350 km (218 miles) of range.

The payload of the truck stands at 11 tons (just 2 tons less than its diesel counterpart).

“MFTBC celebrated the world-premiere of its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept with a range of up to 350 kilometers. The truck – named E-FUSO Vision One – marks the top end of the electrification path of the company’s portfolio in the upcoming years. This initiative will be backed by access to Daimler know-how in the fields of battery and charging technology, supporting the E-FUSO position as the frontrunner in electric trucking.

E-FUSO Vision One as a concept for heavy duty service

The E-FUSO Vision One is an all-electric heavy-duty truck concept, has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of about 23 tons and carries a payload of approx. 11 tons, only two tons less than its diesel counterpart. It can be fitted with batteries up to 300 kilowatt hours, thus enabling a range of up to 350 km on a single charge. While the electrification of long-haul trucks will still need considerable time, a potential application for the Vision One heavy-duty truck is regional intra-city distribution. Given the fact that growing customer interest, infrastructure development and regulatory efforts are likely to spur the electrification of road transport, a possible market entry for the series version of the E-FUSO Vision One could be feasible within four years in mature markets like Japan, Europe or the U.S.

E-FUSO: Dedication to electrify whole range of trucks and buses

With the launch of the electric brand E-FUSO, FUSO underlines its commitment to electrify its complete range of products. The commitment goes beyond the development of the heavy-duty truck, which marks the top end of the electrification process. In upcoming years, all truck and bus models by FUSO will include an additional electric powertrain alternative. The timing for the launch of each model will be defined according to the required technology and feasibility.”

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

“Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range. FUSO has been a pioneer in the electrification of trucks for many years. Just one month ago we launched our eCanter, the first serial-produced, all-electric light duty truck. In the future, all our electrified vehicles will run under the name of E-FUSO, our new product brand dedicated exclusively to electric trucks and buses. With the eCanter, we have proven electric trucks are feasible for commercialization. Today, our eCanter saves up to 1000 Euros in running costs per 10.000 km. And with the rapidly evolving battery technology, we will continue to develop electric trucks and buses that will have a positive environmental and economic impact on society.”

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23 Comments on "Daimler Unveils New Vision One Electric Semi Truck"

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Why do all the names overlap?

How about calling it the iTeslaFardayNikolaVision One by Team Edison?

Somebody better jump on Maxwell. It isn’t taken yet AFAIK.

Re Maxwell: And their wannabe rivals can call their truck the ClerkOne, which won’t exactly evoke mental images of big tough trucks…

@ Staff:

This is not a semi truck. Heavy truck, yes; semi tractor or tractor-trailer rig, no.

Please correct the headline, thanks!

Maxwell makes Supercapacitors:

Tesla stock is getting hammered today. One of the reasons cited was because Daimler presented its’ electric semi before Tesla could present theirs’.

Well, in odd defense of TSLA, that’s crazy. This is an exceptionally crowded and tentative field of competitors with the value of electrification yet to be understood. Daimler didn’t move up in any statistically meaningful way on their announcement (and they haven’t for several key electrification announcements in trucking).

TSLA has always moved in big jags up and down, rarely with any specific trigger justifying the entire jag. It is the nature of a volatile stock.

With that said, this actually helps Tesla’s electric truck effort, because it validates Tesla’s business plan. The negative noise for a long time has been saying that electric trucks aren’t possible or realistic. Having a major truck builder validate it is possible and realistic just helps Tesla’s case that their truck isn’t a pipe dream.

I think the market was expecting that Tesla would have the EV truck market to themselves for a while. This announcement shows that won’t be the case. Competition is everywhere in the EV world, thanks to impressive government mandates, with more on the horizon.

“Tesla stock is getting hammered today.”

So what? TSLA is a highly volatile stock. It goes both up and down quite a lot.

“One of the reasons cited was because Daimler presented its’ electric semi before Tesla could present theirs’.”

That’s just as irrational as most stock price moves. As I read this article, neither truck being presented is a semi tractor. They are lighter trucks, and nothing new; Smith Electric Vehicles was selling similar ones for years. Tesla isn’t trying to sell to that market segment; at least, not yet!

P.S. — Pushy’s Grammar Nazi head would like to point out that both “its” and “theirs” are already possessive, and neither require an apostrophe.

its = belonging to it
it’s = it is

Can someone please explain me your logic? Daimler presented it’s electric truck more than one year ago already.

You mean the stock of Tesla plumeted today, because Daimler presented their Urban eTruck Concept in september/october 2016 (yes last year) at the IAA???

PS: Since 2014 the Fuso eCanter is already being tested in a small series.

This is good news. Trucks use so much gas (diesel) per mile, and drive so many miles per year, that converting one truck to EV is the same as replacing a while bunch of ICE cars.

The more truck makers who go this way the better.

That is so true, and this is where a lot of focus and incentives should be. Even though this is not for long haul, I’d like to mention that our trucks have to drive about 200 000km a year in order to stay profitable. That is a LOT of fuel. These trucks stay in motion almost all the time. It is impossible to replace one of these with an electric version – but for long haul, fuel cell can be the solution. Paired with an OK battery. The extra vehicle cost means little, as long as they can keep running costs low. Hydrogen can be generated by excess wind power. Sometimes the owners of wind generators gets paid to stop production (due to over production, and they are unable to export or store the extra energy). The extra energy can be used to produce hydrogen, and store it. Then sell, as hydrogen fuel for big riggs. As for city, and shorter transportation distances electric is the way to go. Low cost, low noice, no pollution. This must be paired with proper road cleaning to prevent dust. Even our short range trucks use a lot of fuel. We will save a… Read more »

Sounds like you are in the business, so for city only, are your diesel trucks idle at night? Would nightly charging of EV versions allow the same usage?

Hey guys…there’s an error in the article:
“The payload of the truck stands at 11 tons (two less than its 23-ton Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) diesel counterpart).” Does not match the numbers in the quoted article. The article states payload is only 2 tons less than its diesel counterpart. The 23 ton GVW is the electric truck. Also note GVW != payload.

Thanks Tom, will grab that now!

“The E-FUSO Vision One is an all-electric heavy-duty truck concept, has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of about 23 tons and carries a payload of approx. 11 tons, only two tons less than its diesel counterpart.”

‘The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle’s chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers and cargo but excluding that of any trailers’.
AND CARGO… [GVW != payload] = wrong? Why is there an exclamation mark?

!= is a Boolean expression for representing “not equals” It’s the opposite of = “equals”.


It’s an old nomenclature but it checks out.

I see what you did there, Padawan.

” != is a Boolean expression for representing ‘not equals’ ”

Yeah, IMHO it was a major fail on the part whoever set up the keyboard ALT codes to not include the ≠ symbol as one of the standard ones. We also can’t use the better-known less than/greater than symbol combo (like “><", but reversed), which also indicates "not equal to", in comments like this. The website's software 'bot would pick that combo up as an HTML tag, and it would disappear when posted.

So we have to use the awkward substitute != 🙁

What about charging? DC Fast at what rate? What about battery warranty?

This is not a semi truck.

An Electric Loury

Or an E-Bobtail