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Daimler Truck subsidiary FUSO unveils the Next Generation eCanter

Sept. 9, 2022
Since FUSO's international launch of the eCanter in 2017, 450 electric vehicles have been sold, including in Japan, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand

Daimler Truck subsidiary MFTBC (Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, “FUSO”) unveiled the next generation model of the all-electric, light-duty truck FUSO eCanter. After five years of customer feedback, the updated eCanter offers an expanded vehicle lineup, greater flexibility, an extended range, and a modular battery.

Among the updates to the Next Generation eCanter is the eAxle, which integrates the motor with the rear axle, allowing for a more compact drivetrain structure and greater lineup variation. In addition to the current 7.5-ton (GVW) model, the new vehicle comes in weight classes ranging from 4.25-8.55 tons. The cab variation has also been expanded, now offering a new cab that is 6.5’ wide as well as the 5.6’ wide standard cab, allowing for more flexibility on narrow routes. The range of the wheelbases has also been expanded from 8.2’ to 15.6’.

As well as these structural changes, FUSO is also introducing a new modular battery concept. The improved eCanter is available with three battery pack options based on the wheelbase. Vehicles equipped with a single battery, with a rated capacity of 41.3 kWh, have a range of up to 43.5 miles on one charge. Vehicles with two batteries cover a range of up 87 miles, and those with three batteries up to 124 miles.

To provide customers with even more flexibility, the new model is also equipped with a PTO power take-off unit which enables special purpose solutions for customers wishing to operate their eCanter with a tipper, rear crane, or climate-controlled van body. This allows an even greater range of applications for customers. The complete vehicle lineup, specifications, and features may differ from market to market.

The Next Generation eCanter is set to reach the Japanese market in spring 2023. The European premiere will take place at IAA Transportation 2022 from Sept. 20-25 in Hanover, Germany. Details of the overseas models will be announced at the time of their launch.

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