First Fuso eCanters Delivered
By Mike Osenga14 December 2017
The all-electric Fuso eCanter light-duty truck by Daimler Trucks is being delivered to its first customers in Europe: logistics companies DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser.
“With the Fuso eCanter we are delivering the first all-electric truck in series production to our customers in Europe. Over 90 000 kilometers of testing in everyday operating conditions secure that we handover a reliable and economical vehicle to our customers,” said Marc Llistosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia. “With the Fuso eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs. This is the future of urban distribution transport.“
The new eCanter uses a permanent synchronous electric motor with an output of 185 kW and torque of 380 Nm. Power is transferred to the rear axle by a standard single-speed transmission.
The vehicle premiered with a battery capacity of 70 kWh. Depending on the body, load and usage, a range of more than 100 km without stationary recharging is possible, Daimler said. The water-cooled lithium-ion batteries batteries are spread over five units, one centrally in the frame right behind the cab and two more on each side of the frame. The eCanter has a chassis load capacity of the 7.49 t vehicle is 4.63 t including the body and load.
Individual battery packs with three to six sets of batteries of 14 kWh each are planned. This allows the eCanter to be adapted to customer requirements with regards to range, price and weight. The concept is based on the results of customer tests that show that for some operators, payload is more important than range, while others are happy to sacrifice payload for longer range, i.e. more batteries.
Charging options include up to 80 percent capacity within an hour with direct current at a quick charging station, or 100 percent in seven hours with alternating current. In the future, rapid charging with 170 kW will be possible, meaning 80 percent battery capacity in a half an hour. A standard Combo 2 plug (known as Combined Charging System) is used for charging.
Along with the presentation of the product brand E-Fuso last October, Daimler Trucks announced that over the next few years, all its truck and bus models will offer one additional electric variant.