Elec­tric truck could soon do duty in city de­liv­er­ies

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL NEWS/ Fuso takes the lead with new brand as it charges ahead with its elec­tri­fi­ca­tion plans

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - Mo­tor News Reporter

Mit­subishi Fuso Truck and Bus Cor­po­ra­tion (MFTBC), part of Daim­ler Trucks, has strength­ened its com­mit­ment to­wards al­ter­na­tive driv­e­trains. At the Tokyo Mo­tor Show, Fuso an­nounced it would elec­trify its com­plete range of trucks and buses in up­com­ing years. It also un­veiled E-Fuso as the first man­u­fac­turer to launch a prod­uct brand ex­clu­sively ded­i­cated to elec­tric mo­bil­ity of trucks and buses.

As fur­ther proof of the com­pany’s strate­gic move, it cel­e­brated the world-pre­miere of its all-elec­tric heavy-duty truck con­cept with a claimed range of up to 350km. The E-Fuso Vi­sion One marks the top end of the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion path of the com­pany’s port­fo­lio.

This ini­tia­tive will be backed by ac­cess to Daim­ler knowhow in the fields of bat­tery and charg­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Marc Llis­tosella, pres­i­dent and CEO of MFTBC and head of Daim­ler Trucks Asia, said: “Our E-Fuso Vi­sion One is an out­look on a fea­si­ble all-elec­tric heavy­duty truck. It un­der­lines our com­mit­ment to elec­trify our com­plete prod­uct range.”

The E-Fuso Vi­sion One, an all-elec­tric heavy-duty truck con­cept, has a gross ve­hi­cle weight (GVW) of about 23 tonnes and car­ries a pay­load of around 11 tonnes, only two tonnes less than its diesel coun­ter­part. While the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of long-haul trucks is still a long way off, Fuso says a po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tion for the Vi­sion One heavy-duty truck is re­gional in­tracity dis­tri­bu­tion. Given that grow­ing cus­tomer in­ter­est in in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and reg­u­la­tory ef­forts are likely to spur the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of road trans­port, Fuso says that a pos­si­ble mar­ket en­try for the se­ries ver­sion of the con­cept could be fea­si­ble within four years in mar­kets such as Ja­pan or Europe.

Fuso also show­cased its eCan­ter in Tokyo, the first se­ries-pro­duced all-elec­tric light-duty truck.

The model has a GVW of 7.5 tonnes and a claimed range of 100km-120km on a sin­gle charge. Fuso claims that the model not only helps to lower green­house gas emis­sions and noise pol­lu­tion in ur­ban ar­eas, but that it can also pro­vide sav­ings in run­ning costs.

The E-Fuso Vi­sion One with the eCan­ter.

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