Tesla has made lots of headlines lately as we wait for the arrival of its electric semi-truck. Well Daimler has been working on an electric truck as well and has announced that it is ready. Daimler recently unveiled the Fuso eCanter in New York City. The Fuso eCanter is the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck and will be delivered to customers starting this year in the US, Europe and Japan.
Daimler hopes to deliver 500 units of the FUSO eCanter to customers within the next two years, with bigger production numbers expected to start in 2019. “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,” stated Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia.
The Fuso eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle´s electric powertrain contains six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each.
Fuso has also announced that UPS will be its first U.S. commercial partner for the eCanter.