Fuso celebrates 250 eCanter trucks on the road


Momentum growing as uptake increases around the world, Daimler notes

Fuso celebrates 250 eCanter trucks on the road
Fuso eCanter

 

Fuso Trucks has delivered more than 250 eCanter units since the beginning of small series production in 2017 to customers in Europe, Japan, the United States and New Zealand.

Daimler Truck continues to push the transformation to CO2-neutral transportation with further deliveries of the Fuso eCanter, its fully electric light-duty truck, in the second quarter of 2021.

The Fuso eCanter is Daimler Truck’s first all-electric light-duty truck in small-series production.

As a 7.49-tonne vehicle with a range of over 100 km, a top speed of 80 km/h and an output of 129 kW, the eCanter suits inner-city distribution transport.

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Following the market launch of the Fuso eCanter in Switzerland earlier this year, another Swiss logistics company, Rhyner Logistik, integrated the truck into its fleet in June.

"We need vehicles that reach their destination quickly and safely, especially in narrow urban streets," Rhyner Logistik CEO Stefan Greub said.

"The eCanter even fits into underground car parks and its electric drive brings clear advantages in stop-and-go city traffic," he said, adding the company aims to push forward the electrification of its fleet.

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In the UK, Warburtons recently grabbed another slice of the EV action with the eCanter.

The UK’s largest bakery brand uses the light-duty truck already early in the morning, setting of at 4am each day from Warburtons’ Bolton bakery to deliver fresh bread to about 25 different customers, mainly in the central Manchester area.

"Our first impressions of the eCanter are certainly positive," Steve Gray, Warburtons national transport manager, said.

"Its range is more than adequate for our needs and it has been well received by our drivers.

"It’s smaller than a conventional 7.5-tonner and this compact footprint, coupled with an excellent turning circle that makes it highly manoeuvrable, is a definite advantage for city centre work."

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Proving its versatility, the FUSO eCanter is now even on duty as an electric beer truck in the Netherlands.

In July, famous Dutch brewery Heineken received a modified version of the eCanter with a special tank mounted on the back that can be filled with up to 3,000 litres of beer.

The brewery uses the light-duty truck for the inner-city distribution of beer to local bars in Amsterdam.

During the second quarter, DB Schenker, the largest electric fleet customer of Fuso, added further deliveries of the eCanter.

 


DB Schenker's significant eCanter order, here


 

This ends a larger order over 36 vehicles in 11 European countries announced last October. 

The eCanter uptake also continues in Fuso's home market in Japan, where two units of the were delivered to Shikoku Meitetsu Transportation in July.

Here the light-duty trucks are in charge of general cargo transportation in Matsuyama City,  representing the first electric trucks in the Shikoku region.

Another milestone celebrated in July is the launch of the eCanter in yet another new market: New Zealand.

Earlier this year, Fuso New Zealand was granted co-funding by the Ministry of Energy and Resources for operational trials of the eCanter.

Five eCanter trucks have since been deployed in the Auckland area for an extended test period.

Since July, power supplier Genesis Energy Limited, uses the country’s first eCanter in customer operations for deliveries in its fleet of around 110 trucks.

This means that the FUSO eCanter is now operated by customers in 16 different countries worldwide: Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan and New Zealand.

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