Since July 2017 the FUSO eCanter has been in production as a small-series at the FUSO plants in Tramagal, Portugal, and Kawasaki, Japan. This makes Daimler Trucks the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. Around 150 eCanter trucks are on the road with customers in real-world, daily operation around the globe in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Paris and Lisbon. More deliveries to customers are set to follow.
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. It helps to solve the increasing noise and pollution problems in urban environments across the globe. Interest of customers is high. The global convenience store chain Seven-Eleven, for example, is now operating the eCanter in their fleet in Japan.
After entering small-scale series production, the natural next step in the future is large-scale series production. The experiences from this small series in customer hands will also help FUSO in the move to large-scale production. Production of the next generation FUSO eCanter is scheduled to start in 2021.
In addition to being an environment-friendly vehicle, the FUSO eCanter is also costefficient and economical for users. The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers 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.
Extensive experience in customers’ hands since 2014
The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series between 2014 and 2017. FUSO celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York in September of 2017. Since then the FUSO eCanter fleet has achieved more than one-million kilometers, driven locally emission free.
FUSO has a long history in alternative drivetrains for trucks. Series production of the Canter Eco Hybrid began in 2006, with the second generation entering production in 2012. At the 2010 IAA, FUSO presented a first prototype of an electrically powered Canter E-Cell, leading into a pre-series production for testing purposes in 2014.