Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation

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Fuso to Supply “Zero Emission” Canter E-CELL Electric Light-Duty Truck to Central Nippon Expressway Company Ltd.

November 28, 2012
•  “Zero Emission” Canter E-CELL Electric Light-Duty Truck Incorporating Wireless Battery Charging System
•  Vehicle Supply Planned for Summer 2013; To be Used as Traffic Signage Vehicle
•  Proof of Company’s Commitment to FUSO 2015 “Leader in Green Innovation”
Kawasaki - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today announced it has won a tender for supplying its “Zero Emission” Canter E-CELL electric light-duty truck to Central Nippon Expressway Company Ltd. (NEXCO Central). One Canter E-CELL incorporating a wireless battery charging system is planned for supply in the summer of 2013 under an overall NEXCO Central project to develop electric vehicles for expressway maintenance and control. The “Zero Emission” Canter E-CELL, to be used for specific traffic signage vehicle, is being developed based on the latest conventional diesel Canter light-duty truck model.
Conventional Canter Light-Duty Truck
Conventional Canter Light-Duty Truck
Canter E-CELL Showcased at Tokyo Motor Show 2011
Canter E-CELL Showcased at
Tokyo Motor Show 2011
“We are proud to be a part of this joint green project,” said Mr. Gustav Tuschen, MFTBC Senior Vice President and Head of Product Engineering. “We are looking forward to the day when our ‘Zero Emission’ Canter E-CELL starts its work on the expressway and helps secure the overall traffic safety. Fuso is clearly investing in advanced propulsion systems such as electric, and also hybrids which won the prestigious 2013 RJC Car of the Year Special Award. Fuso is the leader in terms of fuel efficiency, and we are committed to become an even greener company.”
Fuso Canter E-CELL Electric Light-Duty Truck
Making its world premiere at the 63rd IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung) for commercial vehicles in 2010 in Hanover, Germany, the Canter E-CELL made its Japan premiere at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. This all-electric light-duty truck has zero CO2 emissions while driving. The battery-electric driven Canter E-CELL truck works towards achieving emissions-free mobility in densely populated areas and environmentally-sensitive areas. Key components include lithium-ion batteries (40 kWh) and an electric motor (output of 70 kW, maximum torque of 300 Nm). The vehicle can travel about 120 km with a 10-hour charge (200 V).
FUSO 2015 “Leader in Green Innovation”
Today’s achievement represents a key milestone in achieving “FUSO 2015,” the company’s five-pillar growth strategy for the future introduced in October 2011. One of the five pillars is “Leader in Green Innovation,” meaning the company focuses on advances in Green Products, Green Factory and Infrastructure and Green Supply Chain to achieve an aggregate CO2 reduction of 7.5% by 2015.
The company plans to further enhance its fuel efficiency leadership position in conventionally-powered diesel vehicles, while pushing forward with advanced technologies like hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles.
The 5 pillars under FUSO 2015, the company’s holistic improvement program aimed to increase operational excellence in all aspects, are: ‘Leader in Green Innovation,’ ‘Profitable Global Player,’ ‘Efficiency Leader,’ ‘Customer Number One in Japan,’ and ‘Employer Number One.’ Through FUSO 2015, the company aims for significant increase in global sales, including an overall target to double international sales volume to over 200,000 units annually.

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Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2011, the company sold a total of about 147,700 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 89.29% of MFTBC shares and various Mitsubishi group companies own 10.71% of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG.

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