We’re not usually discussing commercial vehicles, but this is too interesting to pass – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation kicked off at the end of July small series production of the Fuso eCanter.
The company is labeling it as the first light truck that is fully electric and manufactured in series production. The truck is being built at their facility in Tramagal, Portugal, for the European and US markets. The new announcement follows the start of production of the light electric truck at home in Japan at the Kawasaki plant that took place earlier in July. The all-electric light-duty truck is Fuso’s version of the conventional Canter light-duty truck – just the electric-powertrain specific components are different on the production line. The model is expected to reach large scale series production in the near future after gathering more experience with real world users.
The eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity of two to three tons – the powertrain is made out of six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. The battery packs come from another Daimler subsidiary – Accumotive, which builds them in Kamenz, Germany. Previously the eCanter has been trialed in Portugal and Germany between 2014 and 2017, and the company says it can save up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.