Yesterday, at a ceremony in New York City Daimler Trucks revealed its electric Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter after many years in development. The first trucks have been delivered to UPS.
The eCanter is a series-produced all-electric light-duty truck. Daimler supposes to make 500 of the vehicles for U.S. as well as European and Japan customers. Since 2009 the company is going to make a large-scale production over the next 2 years.
President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia Marc Llistosella, said: “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.”
Llistosella also added “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.”
The e-Canter is a zero-emission truck intended for local delivery. It has a range of about 62 miles on a single charge and load capacity of about 7,000 pounds. The vehicle´s electric powertrain encompasses six high-power lithium-ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh respectively.
“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.”