Fuso Canter E-Cell Customer Trials Completed In Portugal

JUL 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 6

Fuso Canter E-Cell

Fuso Canter E-Cell

Eight Fuso Canter E-Cell pure electric trucks were tested for one year by Daimler’s selected customers in Portugal.

Preliminary analysis from the trial indicates cost savings of  1,000 per 10,000 km (over $1,750 per 10,000 miles) compared to conventional diesel trucks.

That’s a lot, although the range is just over 100 km (62 miles) with a battery pack of 48 kWh (twice the Nissan LEAF).

We are not sure whether “trials completed successfully” means that they will try to produce and sell them.

Customers used vehicles for a wide range of purposes

First findings from the trials with eight vehicles indicate the vehicles proved adequate for everyday use in short range delivery and inner city transportation. The trucks achieved a range of more than 100 kilometers, thus exceeding the average distance many short-radius distribution trucks usually travel per day. The Fuso Canter E-Cell reached a payload of two tonnes, an amount necessary for customers to operate their fleet efficiently. At the same time, preliminary analysis points to cost savings of about 1.000€ per 10.000 km compared to conventional diesel trucks.

The capabilities of these electrically-powered light-duty trucks were put to the test under a wide range of conditions. The city of Lisbon used the Canter E-Cell for horticultural and waste disposal purposes, the city of Porto as a means of collecting recyclable waste, the city of Sintra in forest maintenance, the city of Abrantes and Cascais similarly in the field of horticulture. The company Transporta used the vehicle for house-to-house deliveries as part of its short-radius distribution service, the energy supplier REN for transport purposes within industrial gas storage facilities located in the cities of Sines and Pombal. And lastly, the Canter E-Cell helped the Portuguese national postal service CTT with transport runs between its distribution centers in the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra.”

Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia said:

“The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter E-Cell project is a great example of innovation and collaboration between the Portuguese government, its agencies, Mitsubishi Fuso and Daimler Trucks.”

“The vehicle underlines our commitment to thinking ahead and developing sustainable and reliable transportation solutions to the benefit of our customers and society as a whole. The results of the trials prove that we are on the right track. The customers in the test trial experienced the Canter E-Cell as an efficient and reliable concept fully meeting the demands of urban delivery transport.”

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So, the question is, will the savings from operating these trucks be enough to compensate for the added cost of acquiring them within the time the owners keep them. If not they will not sell. Very few companies can take on an additional expense just to “look green”. Total cost of ownership is what it boils down to and in some cases financing costs make it better to buy a truck that costs less to acquire, even though it costs more to operate.

Certainly. But it would be nice to know what all the numbers are.

Since these big trucks tend to be small volume specialty items, they probably are pretty expensive whether built with ICE or EV drivetrain. I would think an EV version probably wouldn’t cost a lot more. Thus, hopefully the fuel savings would be worth it.

all true, but you say it as if those financial specs/goalposts won’t be moving..
Traction batteries aren’t produced at mass scale yet (at levels comparable to ICE drive-trains), so it’s pretty safe to assume the initial purchase cost will come down a lot in the future.
Just think of mobile phones or hard disk drives.. we won’t be talking about this in 10 years time.

The conversion of kilometers to miles in the story is wrong. Euro Converstion today is 1 Euro = 1.09 Dollars.

So the savings is:
$1097 Dollars saved every 6,213 miles.

In other words a Rolling Money Machine.

Thanks for the correct conversions. To put that in perspective, these industrial trucks last a long time. A diesel version can easily get 500,000 miles or more. Even driving just 55 miles per day adds up to 20,000 miles in a year, which translates into over $35,000 in savings over 10 years. As battery technology advances and comes down in price, the savings and advantages will be more dramatic.

FedEx has some electric trucks in San Francisco. I don’t know the extent of their purchase and deployment, but at least someone has done some math and gotten EV trucks on the streets. I spoke to one driver about it casually. His route in one day is only 12 miles with more than 80 stops…perfect use case for an EV. But they’ve had a problem…snapped axles because of the torque of the electric motor!