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