MFTBC is proud to announce the worldwide launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City. This is FUSO’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck. We will begin delivery to customers starting later this year in the US, Europe and Japan. MFTBC is planning to deliver 500 units of this generation eCanter to customers within the next two years. Large scale production is intended to start in 2019.
“In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric vehicle. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to now step into this new era as leaders in the CV industry. Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation said. “Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”
“Our new FUSO eCanter now addresses the increasing demand globally for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution”
The all-electric light-duty truck is MFTBC’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner-city distribution. In addition to being an eco-friendly vehicle, it is cost-efficient and economical for users, as already proved within customer tests in Europe. The FUSO eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half 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. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
The global launch of the new FUSO eCanter is not just a product launch – it’s a revolution years in the making: At the 2010 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany, FUSO presented a first prototype of an electrically powered Canter E-Cell, leading into a pre-series production for testing purposes in 2014. The FUSO eCanter benefits from extensive experience of customer trials conducted in Portugal and Germany with the pre-series vehicles between 2014 and 2017.
In May of 2017, MFTBC announced its first commercial customer for the new in-line series production vehicle in the Japanese market. Seven-Eleven Co., Ltd. will be operating 25 units of the eCanter in their fleet. After unveiling the first charging station in Japan and kicking off production at the OEM’s factory in Portugal, our New York City global launch underlines the commitment of FUSO to New York State, and the world to developing & embracing sustainable and reliable transportation solutions to benefit society and the planet.