Green trucking future
IT certainly is a strange feeling to accelerate a truck using only electric power.
That’s what happens, at least very briefly, when you press the accelerator of the Mitsubishi Fuso Eco Canter.
This 6500kg rated truck is at the front of the hybrid technology push and is one of just two hybrid trucks available in Australia— the other being the Hino Hybrid.
The Mitsubishi Fuso is more expensive than the Hino and as you might expect is a more advanced machine using newer technology including the battery type.
While the Hino adds an electric motor to the existing diesel engine, the Eco Canter runs a considerably smaller engine, allowing for the electric motor to make up for the loss in displacement.
So instead of a 4.9-litre engine, the Eco Canter runs a 3.0-litre unit which is rather small when you think about what it has to carry.
By itself the engine generates 96kW and 294Nm, which isn’t about to help it set any land speed records, but there is an electric motor nestled behind the engine between the clutch and the gearbox that lends a hand. It runs from 0 to 2000revs, kicking in 200Nm up to 1500revs and 35kW at 1700revs.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Eco Canter is one of only two hybrid trucks in Australia The interior gives no indication of it being any different to normal trucks