| 2014-07-20 | 0 Comments

Fuso is a pioneer of “green” drive systems in the commercial vehicle sector. The Daimler subsidiary in Japan is the home of Daimler Trucks’ centre of competence for hybrid technology, and with this experience behind it, Fuso has also been responsible for developing the new battery-electric-powered “Zero Emission” Canter E-Cell.

FUSO Canter E-Cell Event, 10th July 2014The first all-electric light-duty truck, produced in a small series, runs emission-free and almost silently. It is particularly suitable for use in limited-mileage operations in environmentally sensitive areas, for example in city-centre traffic or in eco-zones and pedestrian precincts. The Canter E-Cell for Europe is manufactured at the Tramagal plant in Portugal. They are based on the chassis of the conventional Canter with a wheelbase of 3.400 mm and feature a single cab in the wide, comfort specification. Each is fitted with either a 4.3 m-long platform body or a 4.4 m-long box body. The resulting payload of the chassis is therefore remarkably high, at around 3.0 t.

Fuso_Canter_E-Cell_2Eight vehicles have now been released for customer trials.These customer trials with the Canter E-Cell under real-life conditions are set to run for one year. The capabilities of these electrically-powered light-duty trucks will be put to the test under a wide range of conditions. The city of Lisbon will be using the Canter E-Cell for horticultural and waste disposal purposes, the city of Porto as a means of transport between its various municipal buildings and the city of Abrantes similarly in the field of horticulture. The company Transporta will use the Canter E-Cell for house-to-house deliveries as part of its short-radius distribution service, the energy supplier REN for transport purposes within the port area of the town of Sines, to the south of Lisbon. And lastly, the Canter E-Cell will be helping the Portuguese national postal service CTT with transport runs between its distribution centres in Lisbon.

Compared with the original prototype model – which celebrated its world premiere at the IAA 2010 – the Fuso Canter E-Cell has now seen considerable further development. The electric motor in the new Canter E-Cell gives it a top performance of 110 kW (150 hp) and high maximum torque of 650 Nm, available immediately upon start-up. Power transmission to the rear axle is via a single-speed transmission. The top speed of the Canter E-Cell, as with all vehicles in this weight class, is limited to 90 km/h.

Fuso_Canter_E-Cell_3Located on each side of the frame are a total of four battery packs, accommodated in two fully encapsulated boxes. These are lithium-ion batteries with an impressive nominal capacity of 48.4 kWh. This gives the Fuso Canter E-Cell a range of over 100 km, more than many short-radius distribution trucks in fact travel in a day. Charging the batteries at 230 volts takes around seven hours, while use of a rapid-charging system can reduce this to just one hour.

The Tramagal plant, some 150 km to the north-east of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, took up production of trucks 50 years ago. It is the central production plant for Fuso Canter in Europe. Last year saw the production of around 4.000 Canters.Since 2011, Daimler Trucks has invested some 27 million euros in the Tramagal plant. Also the Portuguese government has supported the Canter E-Cell project. The Canter E-Cell is built on a special production line for prototype models.

Since 2012, series-production of the hybrid variant of the truck has also taken place in Portugal. The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid reduces fuel consumption by as much as 23 percent, which means that despite the slightly higher price, the investment can be recouped within a few years. It boasts an array of outstanding and robust technology including a start/stop device, all-electric starting and the Duonic dual clutch transmission.

FUSO Canter E-Cell Event, 10th July 2014Fuso is thus able to offer the Canter as the only light-duty truck with a choice of three drive systems: as the straightforward Canter with an economical diesel engine that is compliant with the currently applicable Euro VI and Euro 5b+ emissions standards, as the Canter Eco Hybrid with hybrid drive system and now – in the context of customer trials – as the Canter E-Cell with battery-electric drive system.

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