Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has just released a press release reporting that it has now exceeded 200 global deliveries of its Fuso eCanter truck.
These 200 light-duty electric trucks have already started to run in parts of Japan, Europe and the United States
Mitsubishi Fuso’s all-electric light-duty eCanter truck arrived in 2017 as the first of its electric truck series introduced a year earlier. According to its maker, the eCanter is especially useful for inner-city roads, where it often stops and starts. This includes duties such as home delivery and storage of convenience stores.
The Fuso eCanter is powered by a 135 kW electric drive system. It’s powered by six Mercedes-Benz liquid-cooled, 13.5 kWh lithium-ion batteries. This has a torque of 390 Nm (~288 ft-lb). Given its light weight characteristics, the eCanter can carry almost 9,000 lbs of freight.
The current range of the electric light-duty truck per charge is 100 km (62 mi), making it a healthy last-mile EV. Fuso claims that the eCanter can move longer distances with repeated fast charging. The manufacturer also states that the eCanter truck can completely recharge at a fast charging station within 1.5 hours.
In Japan, the truck is used for urban distribution by logistics firms and retailers. It is being used on the state side for deliveries by companies like UPS. It is also used for the disposal of waste.
The press release reports that more than 60 Fuso eCanter trucks are operating in different regions of Japan. At the same time, more than 140 eCanters run in the United States and Europe. MFTBC reports that its eCanter fleet has a cumulative driving distance of more than 3 million km (1,86 million mi) worldwide.
The Japanese manufacturer hopes that the eCanter will play a significant role in helping to reduce carbon emissions, especially in congested urban areas where many of the Fuso eCanter trucks currently operate. The fact that it provides less noise and vibration, in addition to zero emissions, can support the cause of its expansion.
The new Fuso eCanter model was released last August, but MFTBC is currently designing its next version. It will include further updates and a wider range of variations.
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