Daimler and Mitsubishi units to build electric eCanter truck in Portugal
In late July, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC) and Daimler India commercial Vehicles (DICV), began production of what the companies say is the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck: the FUSO eCanter.
The occasion was marked at event at the production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanter for the European and US markets will be produced, alongside conventional Fuso Canters.
The all-electric light-duty truck is Fuso’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission and zero-noise truck for inner-city distribution. The eCanter has a range of 100km and a load capacity of two to three tonnes, depending on body and usage.
The powertrain contains six high voltage lithium ion battery packs, of 420 V and 13.8 kWh each (representing a total powerpack of just under 83 kWh).
Packs are sourced from Daimler’s subsidiary Accumotive plant in Kamenz, Germany.
Based on trials in Portugal and Germany, Fuso says the eCanter offers savings of up to 1,000 euros per 10,000 km on operating costs, compared with a conventional diesel truck.
MFTBC president and CEO Marc Llistosella said: “With today’s start of production of the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. We already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in one of the most iconic Mega-Cities, in New York, this September.”
In May, MFTBC announced its first commercial customer in the Japanese market – Seven-Eleven – who will be operating 25 eCanters in its fleet within this year.