• Sep 24, 2010
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC), partially owned by Daimler Trucks, is unveiling its Fuso Canter E-Cell, a battery-powered, commercial-duty concept truck at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover this week. The Canter E-Cell boasts a 75-mile range and Daimler believes that the "zero-emissions" vehicle is ideally suited for work in congested urban areas. With its battery pack positioned within the vehicle's frame, the Canter E-Cell chassis cab can be configured to tackle various duties by optioning for flatbed, cargo container or other task-specific setups.

Fuso's last foray into "greener" trucks resulted in the highly successful Canter Eco Hybrid. Nearly 1,000 Eco Hybrid models roam the roads of Japan, Australia, Hong Kong and Ireland and have displayed a fuel savings over their diesel-only counterparts of up to 15 percent in some applications. Daimler claims that the two-ton Canter Eco Hybrid returns 27 miles per gallon (U.S.). Making it the most efficient truck in Japan. Ideally, the Canter E-Cell would join its hybrid sibling, offering commercial fleets an even cleaner option, but for now, it's only a concept . Hit the jump to learn more about the battery-powered Fuso Cantor E-Cell.

[Source: Daimler Trucks]

PRESS RELEASE

Daimler Trucks Presents Concept for Electric Truck
  • Battery-electric powered Fuso Canter E-CELL concept celebrates world premiere at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hanover
  • Consistent implementation of Daimler Trucks' goal of "zero-emission mobility"
  • Dr. Albert Kirchmann, President and CEO of MFTBC: "The Canter E-CELL concept underscores our strategy of offering customers the cleanest, most resource-conserving drive technology for every application."
Hanover – Daimler Trucks is presenting its concept for an electric truck at IAA Commercial Vehicles, where the vehicle is having its world premiere. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC), which is part of Daimler Trucks, is presenting the Fuso Canter E-CELL with battery-electric drive in Hanover from September 21 to 30. With the concept Fuso Canter E-CELL, Daimler Trucks is consistently implementing its global Shaping Future Transportation initiative for zero-emission mobility. The nearly silent-running and emission-free Canter E-CELL has a range of about 120 kilometers, making it ideal for urban centers and other environmentally sensitive areas.

Says Dr. Albert Kirchmann, President and CEO of MFTBC: "Following the successful introduction of our Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid light truck, the Fuso Canter E-CELL is our next consistent step on the road to zero-emission mobility. The concept underscores Fuso's strategy of offering customers the cleanest, most resource-conserving drive technology for every application."

The Canter E-CELL concept vehicle to be presented by Fuso is suitable for everyday use and based on a Fuso Canter 3S13 with a 3.5 ton gross vehicle weight. The batteries are positioned in the chassis frame. The Fuso Canter E-CELL dispenses entirely with a combustion engine and thus produces zero emissions. The new concept vehicle from MFTBC features the latest technological developments and demonstrates that advanced technology will soon make electric mobility possible for trucks as well.

MFTBC makes environmental friendliness a top priority with all of its Fuso Canter light truck models. In addition to the new electric concept, the best-selling truck from Daimler Trucks is also produced as a hybrid version and with a conventional diesel engine. Nearly 1,000 of the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids are already on the road in Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, and in a large-scale testing program in London. Depending on the region in which the Canter Eco Hybrid with diesel-electric drive is used, it delivers fuel savings of between ten and 15 percent. The two-ton version of the Canter Hybrid has a fuel efficiency of 8.6 liters per 100 kilometers, currently the lowest fuel consumption of any truck in Japan.

And the current diesel Fuso Canter for the European market is also a top performer in terms of environmentally friendliness: In all of its weight, engine, and performance variants, the light truck is in compliance with the limits specified by the EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) emissions standard, currently the most stringent voluntary norm.

Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2009, the company sold a total of about 99,500 vehicles, including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Daimler AG owns 85 percent of MFTBC shares. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.


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