The purely electric Fuso eCanter truck from Daimler has now arrived in Scandinavia. Two eCanter were handed over to Citylogistik and Aarstiderne in the Danish capital Copenhagen. The eCanter now travels through nine major European cities.
Following the market launch of the e-truck in September 2017, Fuso has now handed over around 150 units of the eCanter to customers worldwide. In Europe, models from the small series that came off the assembly line in Portugal are now on the road in Germany, Great Britain, France, Portugal, the Netherlands and also in Denmark. The eCanter has also been tested in the USA for some time. And the manufacturer has also delivered four eCanter to two customers in Japan this month.
The Daimler subsidiary describes the all-electric light truck as its answer to “the public demand for emission- and noise-free trucks for inner-city distribution traffic”. The eCanter has been put through its paces, in some cases for months, by companies such as UPS, Yamato, 7-Eleven, DPD, Wincanton and Hovis, as well as DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus, Dachser and P&H Logistik. It is also being tested by PostNL, Albert Heijn, the Cornelissen Groep, Technische Unie and Bidfood, and by the city administration of the Portuguese capital Lisbon.
The light truck has a range of around 100 kilometres. Its electric drive train is supplied with energy from six lithium-ion battery modules, each with 13.8 kWh (total: 82.8 kWh). The payload is up to 4.5 tons. Daimler states the total weight at 7.49 tons. A 129 kW electric motor powers the Fuso eCanter. As with all vehicles in this weight class, the maximum speed is limited to 80 km/h.
According to an announcement made last October, Daimler is aiming for a CO2-neutral fleet for its commercial vehicle division “in the most important regions” by 2039. This refers to the markets in Europe, Japan and the NAFTA region. The first mass-produced electric trucks are scheduled to arrive in 2022. With this in mind, the Group opened a new product and design centre at Fuso’s Kawasaki plant almost a year ago. One focus of the new centre is on the specific challenges of electric trucks and their ecosystem, including the charging of electric vehicles.
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