With elevated energy, enhanced effectivity, and an prolonged vary, the Subsequent Era eCanter from FUSO gives a wide selection of purposes and operates with zero CO2 emissions throughout driving. After making its European debut on the IAA Transportation in Hanover in September 2022, Daimler Truck subsidiary FUSO has commenced the manufacturing of this all-electric gentle truck in Europe. The Mitsubishi FUSO Europe (MFTE) manufacturing facility in Tramagal, Portugal, hosted an occasion the place firm representatives, political figures, and enterprise leaders gathered to commemorate the primary Subsequent Era eCanter rolling off the European meeting line.
“We at Daimler Truck are absolutely dedicated to the Paris Local weather Settlement and making sustainable transport successful, which is why we intention to supply solely CO2-neutral autos in our core world markets by 2039,” stated Karl Deppen, CEO Daimler Truck Asia. “An essential a part of that’s supporting our clients’ transition to eMobility with the straightforward, environment friendly and electrical eCanter beginning manufacturing right here in Tramagal. With this, we’re taking an essential step nearer to CO2-neutral transportation.”
Throughout the occasion, Karl Deppen and Arne Barden, CEO of MFTE, proudly revealed a major achievement for the Tramagal facility: the manufacturing of the 250,000th FUSO Canter on web site. Arne Barden said, “The MFTE workforce takes satisfaction in manufacturing the enduring fifth-generation FUSO Canter right here at Tramagal. We prolong our gratitude to the extremely devoted workforce who efficiently managed the ramp-up of the Subsequent Era eCanter.” The Tramagal-based MFTE plant has been producing the FUSO Canter since 1980.
Previous to the occasion, media representatives got the possibility to personally discover the brand new autos by means of a manufacturing facility tour and an unique driving occasion on the Autódromo do Estoril and on close by public roads. This allowed them to expertise the efficiency of the Subsequent Era eCanter firsthand. Throughout the driving occasion, FUSO Europe consultants supplied in-depth details about the brand new automobile’s utility versatility and shared particulars about tailor-made e-mobility options.
The New eCanter
Because the introduction of the eCanter in 2017, FUSO, a Japanese subsidiary of Daimler Truck, has been acknowledged as a pioneer and chief in electrical vans, persistently working in direction of sustainable transportation options. Presently, over 550 FUSO eCanters are in operation throughout Europe, Japan, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. The worldwide eCanter fleet has collectively coated roughly eight million kilometers in all-electric and regionally emission-free mode, which is equal to round 200 journeys across the Earth.
The Subsequent Era eCanter goals to raise this success story even additional.
The manufacturing of the all-electric gentle truck commenced within the first quarter at its sister facility in Kawasaki, Japan. The FUSO Subsequent Era eCanter produced in Kawasaki can be accessible in Japan and all different non-European markets globally. In Europe, the FUSO Subsequent Era eCanter gross sales will initially start in 17 nations, together with France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the UK, Eire, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia, Greece, and Poland.
To higher tackle buyer wants, FUSO has carried out a number of enhancements within the Subsequent Era eCanter. Beforehand, the electrical truck was solely accessible as a 7.49-ton automobile with a 3,400-millimeter wheelbase. Now, clients can select from six wheelbase choices starting from 2,500 to 4,750 millimeters and a permissible gross automobile weight of 4.25 to eight.55 tons. The chassis load capability is as much as 5 tons. The Subsequent Era eCanter is powered by both a 110 kW (for 4.25 and 6-ton variants) or 129 kW (for 7.49 and eight.55-ton variants) electrical motor, that includes an optimized driveline and 430 Nm of torque. The utmost pace is electronically restricted to 89 km/h.
Primarily based on the wheelbase, clients can select from three distinct battery pack choices: S, M, and L. These packs make the most of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell expertise, which is understood for its lengthy service life and elevated usable power. The S variant has a nominal capability of 41 kWh, offering a spread of as much as 70 kilometers. The M variant has a nominal capability of 83 kWh and a spread of as much as 140 kilometers. Probably the most highly effective bundle, the L variant, gives a nominal capability of 124 kWh and a spread of as much as 200 kilometers.
This exceeds the everyday each day distance coated in gentle distribution site visitors. Recuperation can additional prolong the vary, concurrently decreasing charging breaks. Compared, the sooner eCanter mannequin solely supplied a single battery choice with a nominal capability of 81 kWh and a spread of as much as 100 kilometers.
In relation to battery charging, the Subsequent Era eCanter is suitable with all main voltages in main markets. The charging unit accommodates each alternating present (AC) and direct present (DC) charging. The Mixed Charging System (CCS) serves as the usual for charging, with a most charging capability of as much as 104 kW. DC quick charging from 20 to 80 % capability could be achieved in roughly 24 (S), 26 (M), and 39 minutes (L), relying on the battery pack. AC charging (11 and 22 kW) takes between roughly 4 and 6 hours, relying on the chosen battery pack.
The Manufacturing Plant
As a element of its complete environmental technique, the MFTE plant in Tramagal has progressively lowered its CO2 emissions over the previous few years. By the top of 2022, the power goals to attain CO2-neutral manufacturing. To succeed in this milestone, MFTE has expanded the utilization of renewable power sources and accomplished the transition to inexperienced energy. At the moment, 1,200 photo voltaic panels on the constructing roofs generate as much as 350 megawatts of electrical energy per yr, with future targets set at producing as much as 600 megawatts. Along with increasing photovoltaic methods, the plant can be exploring applied sciences for the native manufacturing of inexperienced hydrogen.
One other sustainability initiative on the web site includes decreasing water consumption. The ability’s new water therapy plant already treats over 60% of course of water, returning it to the manufacturing cycle. Concurrently, an optimized rainwater assortment system is being developed for extra sustainable irrigation of inexperienced areas. Mitsubishi FUSO Europe employs round 500 individuals in Tramagal and is the most important employer within the area. From Portugal, the autos are distributed to 32 European nations and Morocco. As a serious exporter and the third-largest automobile producer in Portugal, Mitsubishi FUSO Truck Europe performs a major function within the nation’s automotive business.
The “Made in Europe” label for the FUSO Subsequent Era eCanter not solely pertains to the automobile meeting in Tramagal but in addition highlights that over 50 % of the electrical truck’s elements are sourced from greater than 90 completely different European suppliers. In tandem with the manufacturing of the all-electric FUSO eCanter, MFTE has been progressively changing its complete inner logistics and warehouse fleet to regionally emission-free, electrical autos for the reason that earlier yr.
So, this can be a automobile that won’t solely carry out environmentally, however will get it proper even earlier than it’s constructed!
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