Battery-electric truck enters series production

September 14, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Battery-electric truck enters series production
Daimler Trucks has handed over its first fully electric truck from serial production in New York. Initially, the vehicle will be produced in a small series; mass production is scheduled to begin in 2019.

After several years of testing with customers in Germany and Portugal, Daimler partner Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has started production of its light truck. The FUSO eCanter is completely electrically powered and is designed for inner-city delivery traffic. Accordingly, the first customer with UPS is a company that will use the vehicle to supply customers from the logistics center. The customer's deployment scenario corresponds to the performance profile of the FUSO eCanter: during the day, the truck covers relatively short inner-city routes with many intermediate stops; it can be loaded overnight at the operator's branch office.

One battery charge is enough for a journey of about 100 km (62 miles) with a payload of about 3.5 tons. The vehicle's electric powertrain consists of six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 V each and a total output of 13.8 kWh. The operating costs are said to be lower than those of a conventional diesel version: A saving of up to 1000 euros is to be achieved on a distance of 10,000 km (which corresponds to a mileage of about four months).

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