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Daimler begins production of world’s first all-electric light-duty truck

Mitsubishi FUSO announces production of the FUSO eCanter, a new electric light-duty truck, at its Tramagal plant in Portugal.

Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has marked the beginning of production of the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck, the FUSO eCanter. The event was held at their production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanter trucks for the European and U.S. markets will be produced in line with the conventional FUSO Canter truck.

The Portuguese government has been supporting the development of the eCanter since the early stages in 2010. The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, joined members of the government, Mitsubishi FUSO Truck Europe and MFTBC executives at the event.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic and Marc Llistosella, President & CEO Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation at one of the boxes along the production line of the Fuso eCanter at the Tramagal plant in Portugal.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic, and Marc Llistosella, President & CEO Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, at one of the boxes along the production line of the Fuso eCanter at the Tramagal plant in Portugal.

Speaking at the event, Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said: “With today’s event marking the beginning of production of the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. From now on we can address the growing demand for locally emission free delivery trucks in mega-cities. We have already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck this September in New York.

“Our Portuguese plant does not only produce the trucks for Europe and the US, we also benefit from a close cooperation with the authorities in Portugal and Lisbon testing the trucks there since 2014.”

Fully electric trucks in customer hands

In May, MFTBC announced its first commercial customer in the Japanese market. Seven-Eleven Co. Ltd. will be operating 25 units of the new eCanter in their fleet by the end of 2017.

After unveiling the first charging station for trucks in May and starting production at the Kawasaki plant in Japan on 7 July, today’s event marks the beginning of manufacturing of the eCanter outside of Japan. This milestone is part of the company’s long term goal of producing its first 100% electric commercial vehicle.

The FUSO eCanter is produced in line with the conventional Canter light-duty truck at the Tramagal plant in Portugal. The vehicles produced will be handed over to customers within Europe and the US over the next month.

The eCanter at a glance

The all-electric light-duty truck is FUSO’s answer to the market’s need for a zero emissions and zero noise truck for inner city distribution. In addition to being an environmentally-friendly vehicle, it is also cost efficient and economical for users. The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometres and a load capacity of two to three 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.

The battery packs are being delivered from the Daimler subsidiary Accumotive facility in Kamenz, Germany.

The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series between 2014 and 2017. In comparison to a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings of up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometres on operating costs.

FUSO has a long history in alternative drivetrains for trucks. Series production of the Canter Eco Hybrid began in 2006, while the second generation has been in production since 2012.

For more information: www.daimler.com//trucks/fuso/ecanter