Future Models - Fuso 2017 eCanter
Fuso set to go electric with eCanter
Pack mule: Fuso’s electric powertrain technology trialled in this engineering mule is set to power a new all-electric delivery truck, eCanter, from next year.
Mercedes confirms 2017 launch for subsidiary Fuso’s first electric truck
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21 September 2016
WHILE Mercedes-Benz was showing off its futuristic all-electric truck and van
concepts that promise to shake-up urban freight delivery next decade, it
quietly let the cat out of the bag that its subsidiary, Fuso, is set to beat it
to the punch with the sales launch of its battery powered contender, eCanter,
The production eCanter is expected to break cover this week at the IAA
commercial vehicle show at Hannover where Mercedes’ Urban eTruck and Vision Van
have already been revealed in concept form in the past 24 hours.
These sophisticated Mercedes vehicles are still under development for probable
launch beyond 2020, but the eCanter – based on a standard two-axle Fuso
delivery track – has been undergoing customer trials in Portugal and Germany
ahead of production, now confirmed for 2017.
A teaser shot of the eCanter has been revealed online ahead of the full reveal
that will include details of the powertrain, performance and claimed driving
Compared with the high-tech Mercedes Urban eTruck, the eCanter is likely to be
relatively straightforward, offering a simple battery-electric motor
combination to replace short-haul diesel delivery vehicles in urban areas that
are increasingly becoming off-limits to polluting and noisy internal-combustion
Known as the Canter E-Cell in test guise, the truck had an average driving
range of 100km in its trials.
However, Mercedes is promising double that range with its three-axle Urban
eTruck that is powered by a 212kWh battery pack and a pair of 125kW electric
motors, each with a peak torque of 500Nm.
Sophisticated electronics help to maximise route efficiency and range, even
taking into account factors such as air temperature, load weight, unloading
times, traffic density and driver breaks to reduce range anxiety on
short-radius delivery tasks in the cities of tomorrow.
The gadgetry even includes a sat-nav map with a graphic nicknamed ‘range
potato’ – because it looks somewhat like a potato overlaid on the street map –
showing the limits of driving range in the local area according to battery
charge and traffic conditions.
Road sign recognition technology automatically adjusts speed to the local
limit, while stored map data gives prior warning of traffic lights, bends and
other road impediments.
The battery and other electric-specific parts add 1700kg to the truck’s weight,
but the high torque of the electric motors at low speeds is said to cancel out
Also at the IAA show, the Mercedes Vision Van has been presented as “a
foretaste of a future generation of vans”, not only providing electric freight
delivery but sophisticated automated loading and unloading, with – possibly –
local parcel delivery by a drone carried in the van.