The battery pack has enough juice for 62 miles (100 kilometers) between charges.
Daimler Trucks, world’s biggest truck manufacturer, took the wraps off the Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter about year ago before kicking off production for the European market this year in July at the Tramagal plant in Portugal. Now, the first fully electric light-duty truck to enter (small) series production has arrived in the United States where UPS has taken delivery of the very first one, with two more zero-emissions trucks to follow. An additional five will be handed over to four non-profit organizations based in New York, thus bringing the grand total to eight.
UPS hasn’t actually bought the electric trucks outright as the trio of Fuso eCanters is on a lease. The decision was taken not just because of financial concerns, but also due to the reason technology is expected to evolve within the next two years or so. Speaking with Reuters, Daimler Trucks Asia chief, Mark Llistosella, revealed the “next level of technology” will not only improve range, but also drive down the costs and lower the truck’s weight.
He went on to specify that while battery costs now stand at around $180 to $200 per kilowatt-hour, these could significantly decrease to as low as $100 / kWh in the foreseeable future. As a refresher, the Fuso eCanter in its current configuration features six high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs built in Germany, each with a capacity of 13.8 kWh to provide enough combined energy for up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) on a single charge.
According to Daimler Trucks, the Fuso eCanter enables savings of up to €1,000 (about $1,200) per 10,000 km (6,214 miles) compared to a conventional light-duty truck powered by a diesel engine. Only 500 units will be delivered within the next two years ahead of commencing large scale production programmed for 2019.
While the Fuso eCanter is essentially an urban delivery truck, bigger rigs are on their way as Llistosella hinted a bigger electric truck will be unveiled in October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Also next month, Tesla is expected to unveil its electric Semi, which will reportedly have a range of up to 300 miles (483 km).
Source: Daimler Trucks via Reuters
Gallery: Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter
Daimler Trucks – world’s largest truck manufacturer – launches first all-electric truck in series production – the FUSO eCanter
- UPS first commercial customer in the US announced at global launch event in New York City
- Electric trucks provided to four prominent NGOs in cooperation with the New York Attorney General
- Fully electric FUSO eCanter will reduce noise-levels caused by inner-city distribution and help megacities like NYC reach their climate goals
- Marc Llistosella, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia: “In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric truck. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”
- Watch the reveal here from 10:00am (4pm CEST): https://daimler.com/live2/en
New York City, NY – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks - the global market leader with truck brands like Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz and FUSO - today celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City. The FUSO eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation to customers within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019.
Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia: “In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric truck. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”
“Our new FUSO eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution”, Llistosella added.
First all-electric trucks provided to UPS and four New York City based NGOs
At the global launch, FUSO today also announced the company’s first U.S. commercial partner for the eCanter: UPS will use the zero-emission trucks with an eye to moving their fleet toward being more sustainable.
Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, UPS: “At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet. Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter, adding to our already more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles in service today. We have a long-standing global relationship with Daimler, and we welcome the opportunity to trial the Fuso eCanter as UPS continues to realize the benefits of electric trucks.”
In coordination with the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, FUSO also will supply a fleet of local zero‑e mission FUSO eCanter trucks to well-known New York based not-for-profits, including: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and Big Reuse Brooklyn.
To celebrate the launch, FUSO set up a temporary installation in New York City’s East Village called “Energy Station of the Future”. The event was the perfect backdrop for FUSO’s vision of how using the zero-emission, zero-noise eCanter will help transform New York City, and other urban areas, into cleaner and quieter places for everyday deliveries.
FUSO eCanter environmentally friendly and economical for users
The all-electric light-duty truck is MFTBC’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner-city distribution. In addition to being an eco-friendly vehicle, it is cost-efficient and economical for users, as already proved within customer tests in Europe. The FUSO eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle´s electric powertrain contains six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
Result of intensive research and customer testing
The global launch of the new FUSO eCanter is not just a product launch – it’s a revolution several years in the making: At the 2010 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, FUSO presented a first prototype of an electrically powered Canter E-Cell, leading into a pre-series production for testing purposes in 2014. The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series vehicles between 2014 and 2017.
In May of 2017, MFTBC announced its first commercial customer for the new in-line series production vehicle in the Japanese market. Seven-Eleven Co., Ltd. will be operating 25 units of the eCanter in their fleet. After unveiling the first charging station in Japan and kicking off production at the OEM’s factory in Portugal, today’s global launch event underlines the commitment of both FUSO and New York State to developing & embracing sustainable and reliable transportation solutions to benefit society and the planet.
Marketing the eCanter and establishing electric trucks, FUSO will also benefit from the Daimler knowledge pool of partner companies, like Mercedes-Benz Energy – a provider of local power storage, ChargePoint – a provider of charging station networks, and as just announced today: an invest in StoreDot – a company that develops ultra-quick charging battery technology.
FUSO eCanter first all-electric truck in series production
After years of research and intensive customer testing, the FUSO eCanter will be fully integrated in the production line for the conventional combustion Fuso Canter truck. This past July, MFTBC celebrated the start of production of eCanter in Tramagal, Portugal. The production plant will assemble all eCanter vehicles for the European and U.S. markets. The Portuguese government has been continuously supporting the development of the eCanter since the early stages in 2010 until today, and for the future to come.