Daimler’s FUSO delivered to carrier UPS its first few trucks as part of its all-electric eCanter truck program.
The German automaker claims that it’s the first all-electric truck in “series production” and they plan to deliver about 500 more over the next 2 years before starting volume production.
UPS took delivery of the first trucks in New York this week.
Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said at the event:
“In times, when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all-electric truck. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”
The FUSO eCanter is meant for urban routes with a range of only 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle is powered by an electric powertrain with six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each for a total of ~83 kWh of capacity.
Daimler claims that in comparison with a conventional diesel truck, FUSO eCanter offers savings up to 1,000 Euro per 10,000 kilometers on operating costs.
The trucks are currently made in low volume production in Portugal, but they plan to make them in higher volume starting in 2019.
It’s one of several electric truck programs from Daimler. They are also working on the bigger all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 tonnes capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery].