With the launch this week of the all-electric eCanter in Australia we have seen the first OEM electric truck launched by Fuso. On sale now, the eCanter is the first original equipment manufacturer all-electric truck available on the Australian market.
“Fuso is launching a truck that emits zero local emissions and operates almost silently,” said Daniel Whitehead, Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO. “This is a significant milestone for Australian transport and represents a big step towards carbon neutral transportation in this country, which benefits everyone.”
The eCanter has a range of more than 100km when fully loaded, and can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity in an hour using a 50kW rapid charger or fully charged in 90 minutes. This makes it for delivery tasks in big cities, where the truck’s zero local emissions and near-silent operation make most sense.
Six liquid-cooled lithium ion batteries mounted in the eCanter frame store 82.8kW/h of electricity (with 66kW/h of usable power) and feed a permanent magnet synchronous motor. Power output is rated at 135kW and 390Nm of torque can be delivered the moment the accelerator pedal is pressed.
“The eCanter is perfect for emission-sensitive areas in our big cities, where many pedestrians and residents stand to benefit, but it is not just a concept truck or environmental tribute,” said Alex Müller, newly appointed Fuso Truck and Bus Australia Director. “It is a serious truck with a payload of more than four tonnes and it gets the job done day and night.”
“We are excited to be pioneers in this field and to prove that electric trucks are practical in the correct application right now. “The eCanter is a vital proposition for any company that is serious about reducing emissions.”
The eCanter is equipped with active safety features such as the Advanced Emergency Braking System and the Lane Departure Warning System, which are increasingly important for leading companies and government bodies with a firm focus on health and safety.
Given the global popularity of the eCanter, a limited number will be available for customers in Australia during the initial stages of the introduction but production availability is expected to increase in time.
While the regular Australian diesel Canters are produced in Fuso’s Kawasaki plant in Japan, this first OEM electric truck launched by Fuso is made at the Tramagal factory in Portugal.
The cabin is familiar to drivers of the regular Canter, but features a unique instrument cluster that shows the vehicle range and how much energy is being recouped through regenerative braking when the vehicle slows. It also features an ISRI suspension driver’s seat that is unique to eCanter.
The eCanter will feature on the Daimler stand at the Brisbane Truck Show to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 13 to 16.