Fuso trial of electric-powered Canter truck a success

Trial of Fuso electric-powered truck slashes operating costs and emissions.

Fuso trial of electric-powered Canter truck a success
Fuso's Canter E-Cell truck has an operating range of more than 100km.


Daimler’s European Fuso arm has completed a 12-month field trial of Canter E-Cell electric trucks in Portugal, reporting a 64 per cent reduction in operating costs and no CO2 emissions on site.

The trial monitored the daily performance of eight vehicles, each with platforms and box bodies, operated by couriers, freight forwarding agents, and municipalities and public works departments.

Travelling on average 50km per day, and with the ability to extend the distance to 109km, Fuso says the results demonstrate that electric-powered vehicles can be used in urban delivery capacities.

"With operating ranges of more than 100km, the Canter E-Cell trucks surpassed the average distance that many trucks used in light-duty distribution transport travel each day," Fuso says.

This distance can be achieved without producing CO2 emissions during operation, the truck maker says, and by reducing emissions by 37 per cent compared to diesel after taking into account the process of producing the electricity in Portugal.

"Calculated on the basis of today's cost of diesel fuel and electricity in Portugal, the trial produced savings in operating costs of up to 64 per cent compared with a conventional diesel truck," it says.

"In practical terms, this means a Canter diesel truck burns about 14.08 litres of diesel fuel over a distance of 100km, depending on set-up and freight, while the FUSO Canter E-Cell consumes 47.6kWh of electricity over the same distance."



Replacing the three-litre diesel engine, the electric Canter is fed 110kW (150hp) of power and 650Nm of torque from a permanent magnet motor.  

The four lithium-ion battery packs that replace the fuel tanks require seven hours to recharge, Fuso says, but that can be reduced to a single hour if a quick charging system is used.

The pre-production trucks feature automatic transmissions and are limited to 90km/h.


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