Green truck­ing fu­ture

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMES STAN­FORD www.nt­

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

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