Daimler Truck continues to move forward with the transformation to CO2-neutral transportation with future deliveries of the FUSO eCanter in the second quarter of 2021.
The eCanter is FUSO’s fully electric light-duty truck. Since the production in 2017, the company has now delivered more than 250 eCanters to customers in Europe, Japan, U.S., and New Zealand.
The eCanter is Daimler Truck’s first all-electric light-duty truck in small-series production. It is a 7,000 lb vehicle and it has an output of 185 kW.
Rhyner Logistik has integrated the FUSO eCanter into its fleet in June. The company uses the electric light-duty truck for inner-city short-range distribution in Zurich.
“We need vehicles that reach their destination quickly and safely, especially in narrow urban streets,” said Stefan Greub, CEO and managing director of Rhyner Logistik. “The eCanter even fits into underground car parks and its electric drive brings clear advantages in stop-and-go city traffic.” By adding the FUSO eCanter, Rhyner Logistik aims to push forward the electrification of its fleet.
In the UK, Warburtons uses the EV action with the locally-emission free FUSO eCanter. The bakery brand uses the light-duty truck already early in the morning, leaving at 4 a.m, each day.
“Our first impressions of the eCanter are certainly positive,” confirmed Steve Gray, Warburtons national transport manager. “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.”
The FUSO eCanter is also on duty as an electric beer truck in the Netherlands. In July, the 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.
DB Schenker is the largest electric fleet customer of FUSO. It now takes a larger order of over 36 vehicles in 11 European countries, which was announced last October.
The success of the eCanter continued in Japan. Two units of the FUSO eCanter were delivered to Shikoku Meitetsu Transportation in July.
FUSO New Zealand was granted co-funding by the Ministry of Energy and Resources for operational trials of the eCanter earlier this year. Five eCanter trucks have been deployed in the Auckland area for an extended test period. Genesis Energy Limited has been using the country’s first eCanter in customer operations for deliveries in its fleet of around 110 trucks since July,
The following is a list of countries where the FUSO eCanter is now operated by customers: Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan and New Zealand.