It's slated to go into limited production in 2017.

Japanese truck maker Fuso has revealed the new eCanter, the third generation of its light-duty, all-electric truck.

The truck features a host of visual and technical upgrades. The styling has been updated both inside and out, with LED headlights, a unique grille, and fully body side cladding. The interior, meanwhile, features a completely redesigned dashboard with a central, removable, tablet control screen.

Under the skin, the powertrain has been reworked to produce 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 Newton meters) of torque. Modest outputs, but plenty for the kind of urban distribution work the truck will be pressed into.

The 70 kilowatt-hour, water-cooled, lithium-ion battery pack is divided into three separate units, one under the cab and the other two hung from each side of the chassis. According to Fuso, the batteries are notably compact and efficient, particularly in high temperatures. Long service life is promised, too.

Range on a single charge is quoted at 62 miles (100 kilometers) which is, again, plenty for urban delivery work. Performance figures haven’t been quoted, but they’re pretty much irrelevant here. It’s highly unlikely these will ever reach much more than 40 miles-per-hour (60 kilometers-per-hour) in their working life.

Hooked up to a rapid charger, an 80 per cent charge takes about an hour. Plugged into a normal outlet, a full charge takes seven hours.

Despite the weight of the batteries, Fuso claims the eCanter retains a competitive load capacity within the 16,500 pound (7500 kilogram) gross weight class. Between body and cargo, the chassis can take a load of 10,200 lbs (4630 kg). However, a smaller battery pack can be specified if the operator needs greater load capacity and less range, or vice versa.

Daimler-owned Fuso conducted extensive trials of the previous Canter E-Cell in Portugal and Germany. The vehicles’ operators reported big savings on fuel and maintenance. The new eCanter will available in limited numbers in Europe, Japan, and the United States from next year.

Daimler is also working on a heavier-duty electric truck for the Mercedes brand.

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