Daimler launches the first commercial electric trucks

Daimler launches the first commercial electric trucks

"Our new Fuso eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high Carbon dioxide emission standards", said Marc Llistosella, CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck, in a statement. Daimler owns nearly 90 percent of the Kawasaki-based company, and that's basically why this Mitsubishi is different than the one that manufactures passenger cars. The eCanter electric light duty delivery truck has been under development for several years and will be manufactured in Tramagal, Portugal.

As the headline suggests, the powertrain is pure electric.

With its range of about 62 miles per charge, the eCanter is best suited for urban settings and delivery services. That's not almost enough for the needs of long-haul operators, but ok-ish for urban delivery.

Marketing the eCanter, and in an attempt to establish electric trucks in the market, MFTBC says the FUSO will also benefit from the Daimler knowledge pool of partner companies, like Mercedes-Benz Energy - a provider of local power storage, ChargePoint - a provider of charging station networks, and as just announced, an investment in StoreDot - a company that develops ultra-quick charging battery technology. "This is the main lever" to move electric commercial trucks to higher sales volumes, he said. Llistosella said the trucks will contribute to Mayor Bill de Blasio's lofty goals to curb citywide emissions.

UPS is introducing all-electric delivery trucks to its USA fleet.

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Daimler said at a news conference in NY on Thursday that UPS will deploy three of the eCanter trucks, while four NY based non-profit organizations will get a total of eight electric trucks.

Additionally, Daimler will deliver a fleet of eCanter trucks to a handful of non-profit organizations in New York City as well, including the New York Botanical Garden, Habitat for Humanity New York City.

Daimler plans to make 500 eCanter trucks over the next two years, with larger scale production beginning in 2019. "Electric trucks make our fleet both cleaner and quieter".

Under the body lies six lithium-ion battery packs, each with a capacity of 13.8 kWh. The truck maker says the eCanter will save about $2,000 in operating costs for every 10,000 miles driven.

Sure, the other automakers might have stolen a bit of Tesla's thunder by announcing early, but we'll see a real comparison once all the trucks have been unveiled. The new EV trucks build on UPS's Rolling Laboratory fleet of more than 8,500 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

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