The first twelve units of Daimler’s all-electric Fuso eCanter have been handed out to European clients. Six of them go to Deutsche Post DHL, three to Rhenus, two to Dachser and one to DB Schenker.
The four clients deploy their vehicles via a 24-month rental from CharterWay, a Daimler-owned rental and leasing service in the commercial vehicle sector. Since this summer, the eCanter is fully integrated in the FUSO line-up. Its production has been kicked off in Tramagal/Portugal in July, while the first units have been transmitted to clients in New York City in mid-September.
Now it is the task of Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) to deliver 500 trucks to selected customers throughout the world. The large-scale series production shall follow afterwards in 2019.
The eCanter is said to be the first all-electric light-duty truck from series production. It is able to load up to 4.5 tons. Its battery pack consists of six 13.8 kWh batteries with 420 V each. Together with a 129 kW electric motor, a range of up to 100 km shall be possible. Top speed is at 80 km/h.
Just two month ago, Daimler presented its new product brand E-FUSO. Over the next few years, all of the company’s truck and bus models shall be available also in an additional electric variant.