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July 10, 2018
Lisbon, Portugal / Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks, handed over 10 units of the all-electric light-duty FUSO eCanter to the city administration of Lisbon.
The handover ceremony on July 6 was, among others, attended by representatives of the Portuguese government and foreign dignitaries. MFTBC was represented by Kazuo Matsunaga, Chairman of MFTBC: “The eCanter is a sustainable alternative to conventional trucks for local governments to lower noise and emission pollution in urban areas. From the beginning, we received crucial support from the Portuguese government during development and for conducting pre-series customer tests with the eCanter. We are hence delighted and proud that today, we can hand over first eCanter units to the municipality of Lisbon.”
With the FUSO eCanter, Lisbon aims to contribute to the reduction of noise and emission pollution caused by conventional commercial vehicles in urban areas. The vehicles will be in operation with ten parishes selected by the Lisbon Town Hall and will be primarily used for municipal gardening and waste disposal operations. These parishes are: Arroios, Avenidas Novas, Belem, Estrela, Misericordia, Parque das Nacoes, Penha de Franca, Santa Maria Maior, Santo Antonio and S. Vicente. During extensive customer trials in Portugal and Germany between 2014 and 2017, the cities of Lisbon, Sintra and Porto have already successfully used the pre-series version of the eCanter in daily transport operations.
Mitsubishi Fuso, under the umbrella organization of Daimler Trucks Asia, is widely regarded as a pioneer in the electrification of commercial vehicles. With a rich history in developing alternative drivetrains, including the Canter Eco-Hybrid since 2005 as well as presenting the E-CELL at the International Motor Show (IAA) 2010 in Germany, Mitsubishi Fuso has become a frontrunner in offering sustainable solutions to its customers worldwide. Since its global launch in 2017, the FUSO eCanter is now in operation in six major cities around the world, namely Tokyo, New York, Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Lisbon.
Mitsubishi Fuso produces the eCanter for the European and US market at the Tramagal plant in Portugal, where the electric truck has been fully integrated into the same production line as the conventional Canter, one of the best-selling trucks of Daimler’s commercial vehicles portfolio. Since 1980, the Tramagal plant has produced over 200.000 Canter and looks back on more than 50 years of production. The plant is an important element of the Portuguese economy and an excellent example of Daimler Trucks’ global footprint, cooperating closely with its sister plant in Kawasaki, Japan.
FUSO eCanter in Portugal
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FUSO at a Glance
FUSO is a Daimler Truck brand, covering nearly all regions around the world. FUSO’s light-duty to heavy-duty trucks (GVW 3.5 49 tons), vans, industrial engines, and buses are sold in more than 170 markets. The FUSO brand is based on four core brand values; Trusted Quality, Economic Efficiency, Solid & Functional Design, and Committed Services.
E-FUSO at a Glance
E-FUSO is the all-electric product brand of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC). With vast experience in the development of alternative drivetrains, MFTBC is committed to release all-electric versions of its entire product portfolio including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses. In 2017, Mitsubishi Fuso launched its first all-electric, series-produced light-duty truck: the eCanter.
MFTBC at a Glance
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2016, the company sold a total of 130,000 vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the FUSO brand, with 89.29% of its shares owned by Daimler AG and10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.
Daimler Trucks Asia at a Glance
Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) is an organizational unit that jointly operates Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) an icon of the Japanese commercial vehicle industry with more than 80 years of history and Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV), a young challenger in the Indian market. DTA has a strategic business model that allows its group entities to collaborate in product development, production, exports, sourcing and research activity to provide the best of value products.