Daimler Trucks is handing over the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter to European customers, including DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus Home Delivery and city distribution company Dachser SE.
Various areas of operation for customers
The customers are all in the logistics business, but the trucks’ areas of operation are divers. All customers are putting the vehicles to work that is usually carried out with conventional drivetrains. The customer’s decision for the FUSO eCanter was influenced by factors such as noise and emission reductions, fleet-sustainability and also by economical reasons. The drivers of the FUSO eCanter will be trained to operate the vehicle. The customers obtain their vehicles via a 24 month long-term rental from CharterWay, Daimler’s own rental and leasing expert in the commercial vehicle business.
Deutsche Post DHL will use its six vehicles in two important business divisions: Two vehicles will perform inner city delivery runs of business and private customers of DHL Freight’s Berlin branch, for heavy individual cargo, such as electrical or large household appliances. DHL Paket will use four vehicles for the delivery of goods to businesses and corporate clients. For this, the electric trucks will be fully integrated in existing business processes and will replace the vehicles with conventional drivetrains which were used so far.
For DB Schenker, the new vehicles give the logistics provider an opportunity to test a series production electric vehicle for inner city logistics under real-life production conditions. Among other tasks, one of the three trucks will deliver and collect general cargo in the inner city of Berlin.
Rhenus Group, a globally operating provider of logistics, will use the three FUSO eCanter within its home delivery unit. From the central warehouse in Hoppegarten, the all-electric trucks will deliver furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and heavy sport equipment to the inner city of Berlin.
Two more FUSO eCanter will be driving for the transport company Dachser. Their job will be the general goods transportation core business on the last mile, meaning pallets with industrial goods either at micro-hubs or goods that are delivered directly to the customer, as well as collecting goods and delivering them to the Dachser-branches. At these branches, the eCanters will recharge overnight using a high-voltage loading station.
FUSO eCanter as appealing alternative for sustainable fleets
Depending on body and field of application the eCanter has a load-bearing capacity of up to 4.5 tons. The vehicle‘s electric power train contains six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with each 420 V and 13.8 kWh. Instead of a diesel engine, an electric drivetrain with a strong permanent-magnet-engine delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. 285 newton metres of continuous output allow the 7.49 ton truck to accelerate almost like a passenger car and are available from the first second of driving. The maximum speed of the eCanter – like with any other vehicle of its weight class – is limited to 80 kilometres per hour. The batteries with a total weight of approximately 600 kilogrammes allow a range of over 100 kilometres and so surpass in many cases the daily distance to cover in light distribution transport.
The all-electric light-duty truck is MFTBC’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner city distribution. The eCanter is not only an eco-friendly vehicle, it is also cost-efficient and economical for customers. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, it offers savings up to €1,000 ($1,300) per 10,000 kilometres on operating costs.
Full electrification of the entire FUSO product portfolio
At the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October, MFTBC announced it will electrify its entire range of trucks and buses of its FUSO brand in upcoming years. With the new product brand E-FUSO, MFTBC becomes the first OEM with its own electric brand for trucks and buses.