FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid Takes the
“European Transport Sustainability Prize 2014”
||Canter Eco Hybrid is Europe's most sustainable commercial vehicle in the category "Distribution Trucks under 12 tons"
||Strong proof of vehicle’s world-champion fuel-efficiency and technological innovation
Kawasaki, Japan - Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today announced that its Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty truck has been awarded the “European Transport Sustainability Prize 2014.” The prize is awarded every other year by Huss-Verlag, publishers of "Transport" - a specialist magazine for goods transportation - for exceptional contributions to sustainability in the field of commercial vehicles. A specialist jury consisting of seven representatives from the fields of economy, science and the media, evaluated the contenders for the awards in 15 categories, in terms of economy, ecology and social responsibility.
In the category "Distribution Trucks under 12 tons," the Canter Eco Hybrid was the winner, with a clear advantage over its competitors. The lightweight truck's innovative hybrid concept has been in production at MFTBC’s production facility located in Tramagal, Portugal, since the third quarter of 2012. This makes the Canter Eco Hybrid the first series-produced truck of its class made in Europe.
The basis of its top-level economy is its further-developed highly efficient drive system technology. It is based on a parallel-type hybrid architecture with an additional electric motor between clutch and transmission, developed by Daimler Trucks in its Global Hybrid Center in Japan. Energy for the electric motor is provided by lithium-ion batteries. Every time the brakes are applied, the batteries are replenished through recuperation, i.e. the conversion of kinetic energy into electric current.
"We are extremely pleased to have received the European Transport Sustainability Prize. This award strengthens my own conviction, and that of my marketing team, that economical, innovative hybrid concepts are becoming increasingly widespread, and meeting with ever-growing acceptance on our continent, too. It thus comes as no surprise that there are already about 2,000 units of the Canter Hybrid in the hands of customers all around the world", said Pius Dettling, Head of Fuso Sales & Marketing Europe, at the awards ceremony in Munich.
From left to right: Mr. Bert Brandenburg, publishing director, Huss-Verlag; Mr. Pius Dettling, Head of Fuso Sales & Marketing Europe; Mr. Pascal Weiss, Head of Sales, Daimler FleetBoard GmbH*; Mr. Torsten Buchholz, Editor-in-chief “Transport”, Huss-Verlag
||The top-notch specialist jury also paid tribute to Daimler FleetBoard with the 1st prize in the category "Driver and Transport Management Systems" for its consulting service.
About Canter Eco Hybrid
The first generation Canter Eco Hybrid, a hybrid diesel-electric light-duty truck, first went on sale in Japan in July 2006, with export to selected international markets beginning in 2009. The second generation Canter Eco Hybrid was launched for the European market at the IAA 2012 in September for after being introduced in Japan earlier that year. Incorporating world’s first innovation, combination of a dual-clutch transmission, DUONIC®, with a hybrid motor, the Canter Eco Hybrid achieves world champion fuel efficiency of 12.8 km/liter (7.8 liters/100 km), making it the first hybrid truck in Europe to pay off economically, bringing superb benefit to customers in terms of total cost of ownership.
Most recently, 22 units of FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid light-duty trucks have been ordered by Deret Transport, one of France’s largest logistics companies. To date, accumulative global sales of the Canter Eco Hybrid have reached 2,000 units.
The innovative truck has already picked up numerous prestigious awards including the “Best Energy Efficient Product Award (Ireland)”, “Irish Green Commercial of the Year (Ireland)”, 2013 RJC Car of the Year Special Award (Japan: won for first time in history for any commercial vehicles), and Kanagawa Global Warming Prevention Award (Japan).
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