Fuso launches all-electric model in Australia

Fuso has this week launched the first OEM all-electric truck available in Australia, in the form of its new eCanter.

This follows the model’s rigorous testing regime around the world, including a six-month Australian test running with a maximum load. Global customers have also covered over three million kilometres of real world driving.

Developed with the global engineering force of Daimler, the eCanter became the world’s first small series electric production truck in 2017.

According to Daimler, the new eCanter produces zero local emissions, features class-leading safety and heralds a new age of electric mobility in Australian cities.

Daimler Truck and Bus President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, called the launch of the eCanter in Australia a momentous occasion.

“Today, Fuso is launching a truck that emits zero local emissions and operates almost silently,” Whitehead said.

“This is a significant milestone for Australian transport and represents a big step towards carbon neutral transportation in this country, which benefits everyone.”

Fuso Truck and Bus Australia Director, Alex Müller, added, “The eCanter is perfect for emission-sensitive areas in our big cities, where many pedestrians and residents stand to benefit, but it is not just a concept truck or environmental tribute. It is a serious truck with a payload of more than four tonnes and it gets the job done day and night.”

Müller said the eCanter is proving that all-electric local transportation makes sense; not just for the community and for the environment, but also for business. “We are excited to be pioneers in this field and to prove that electric trucks are practical in the correct application right now.”

The eCanter has safety features that include the Advanced Emergency Braking System and Lane Departure Warning System.

The eCanter has a range of over 100km when fully loaded, and can be recharged to 80 per cent capacity in an hour using a 50kW rapid charger or fully charged in 90 minutes.

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