Daimler Trucks, if somebody didn’t know that, is the planet’s largest truck builder – and it seemingly wants to also reign supreme in the newly minted electric truck market.
For that they’re using every available brand – including Mitsubishi’s Fuso nameplate. Last year they unveiled the Fuso eCanter electric truck and this year they already kicked off production at the Tramagal factory in Portugal for Europe and America. Now, this first fully electric light-duty truck that sees series production (on a small scale, for now), has also reached its first intended customer in the United States – UPS. The mailing company will receive another two examples, and Fuso is also delivering five units to four non-profit organizations based in New York.
UPS actually opted for a lease, because the manufacturer itself believes the “next level of technology” will arrive in two years’ time, with improved range, better utilization costs and decreased weight. The Fuso eCanter has six high-voltage lithium-ion battery packs produced in Germany by Accumotive – another Daimler subsidiary – good for 13.8 kWh, delivering up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) of range on a single charge. Daimler Trucks is also keen to point out the Fuso eCanter will provide savings of up to €1,000 (about $1,200) per 10,000 km (6,214 miles) compared to a conventional light-duty truck using diesel power. For now, just 500 units will be manufactured before large scale production kicks off in 2019.