Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has celebrated the start of production of the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck, the FUSO eCanter. FUSO is a brand of Daimler Trucks Asia. The event was held at the production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, where all eCanter for the European and US markets will be produced.
The Portuguese government has been supporting the development of the eCanter since the early stages in 2010. The president of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, joined members of the government, Mitsubishi FUSO Truck Europe and MFTBC executives at the event.
Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi FUSO Truck and Bus Corporation and head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said at the occasion: “With today’s start of production of the eCanter, we become the first global manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck in series. From now on we can address the growing demand for locally emission-free delivery trucks in mega cities. “We already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in New York, this September.” The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometres and a load capacity of two to three tonnes – depending on body and usage.
We already received the first customer orders and will mark the global launch of this truck in New York, this September.
The vehicle’s electric powertrain contains six high voltage lithiumion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. The battery packs are being delivered from the Daimler subsidiary Accumotive in Kamenz, Germany.