CAN­TER-ING ALONG ON BAT­TER­IES

The Witness - Wheels - - TRUCKING -

MIT­SUBISHI and Daim­ler trucks con­cluded year-long tests of the all elec­tric Fuso Can­ter trucks at an event held in Lis­bon.

Pres­i­dent and CEO of Mit­subishi Fuso Truck and Bus Cor­po­ra­tion, Marc Llis­tosella, said in a state­ment the Can­ter E-Cell pro­ject is a great ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween public and pri­vate sec­tors.

The Por­tuguese gov­ern­ment co-funded the re­search pro­ject through IAPMEI, the Public Agency for Com­pet­i­tive­ness and In­no­va­tion.

Dur­ing the year-long tri­als, cus­tomers of the Daim­ler sub­sidiary de­liv­ered goods with eight Fuso Can­ter E-Cell trucks.

Their feed­back is that elec­tric trucks are ad­e­quate for ev­ery­day use to de­liver up to two-ton pay­loads in cities.

In daily traf­fic, the trucks achieved a range of more than 100 km, which far ex­ceeds the av­er­age dis­tance most light de­liv­ery trucks travel in Por­tuguese cities.

The pre­lim­i­nary num­bers show an elec­tric Can­ter saved the op­er­a­tor at least a €1 (R13,73) per km, com­pared to a diesel Can­ter.

The small trucks carted gar­den and waste to re­cy­cling centes, did for­est main­te­nance and made house-to-house de­liv­er­ies of gas bot­tles, and de­liv­ered bulk mail to Por­tu­gal’s dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in the cities of Lis­bon and Coim­bra.

The eight elec­tric Can­ters were as­sem­bled at the Tra­m­a­gal plant, lo­cated about 150 km north­east of Lis­bon. — WR.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The bat­ter­ies that store power for the Fuso Can­ter E-Cell are placed in the chas­sis, like a tra­di­tional fuel tank.

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