Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the FUSO eCanter in New York City. Claimed to be the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck, the FUSO eCanter will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units within the next two years. Larger scale production is intended to start in 2019.
While UPS became the first commercial partner for the eCanter. “Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter, adding to our already more than 8,500 alternative drivetrain vehicles in service today”, said Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, UPS.
FUSO will also supply a fleet of eCanter trucks to New York based not-for-profits, including: Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City, and Big Reuse Brooklyn.
The FUSO eCanter has a range of 100 km and a load capacity up to 3.5 tons, depending on body and usage. The vehicle’s electric motor has an output of 185 kW and 380 Nm of torque. Power is transferred to the rear axle by a single-speed transmission. There are six 420 V lithium ion battery packs with a capacity of 13.8 kWh each.
In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings up to €1,000 per 10,000 km on operating costs, said the company.