While all the attention is on Tesla Semi and other electric big rigs under development, smaller electric trucks are making it to market today.

After starting delivery in the US earlier this year, Daimler is now delivering all-electric trucks in Europe.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, a part of Daimler Trucks, is calling it the first “series production” of electric trucks.

Marc Llistosella, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, explains:

“With the FUSO eCanter we are delivering the first all-electric truck in series production to our customers in Europe today. Over 90,000 kilometers of testing in everyday operating conditions secure that we handover a reliable and economical vehicle to our customers. With the FUSO eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs. This is the future of urban distribution transport.“

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.

DHL is their first customer. They are taking delivery of 6 FUSO eCanters.

DHL is taking several important steps toward the full electrification of their massive fleet. They are making their own smaller electric trucks, they ordered 10 Tesla Semi electric trucks, and now those FUSO eCanters.

Several other companies are also now taking delivery of the new electric truck:

Daimler plans to build and deliver 500 more eCanters over the next two years before ramping up production to higher volumes.

It’s one of several electric truck programs from Daimler. They are also working on the bigger all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 ton capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery].

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