Daimler Delivers First All-Electric FUSO Trucks to Customers in Europe

These zero-emission trucks are perfect for urban deliveries.

byDave Bartosiak| UPDATED Dec 15, 2017 12:45 PM

While we’re over here stateside cheering all things Tesla, Daimler is quietly delivering all-electric trucks all over Europe. Today, Daimler Trucks announced it's delivering the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter to European customers.

The FUSO eCanter is an all-electric light-duty truck, perfect for making the last few miles of deliveries in urban areas. The first customers include DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus, and Dachser. All four customers are in the logistics business and are renting the vehicles via a long-term rental from CharterWay, Daimler’s rental and leasing subsidiary.

Each truck has a load-bearing capacity of up to 4.5 tons. Its electric powertrain consists of six lithium-ion batteries at 420-volts and 13.8-kilowatt-hours. The permanent-magnet-engine delivers 180-horsepower via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. These trucks have a top speed limited to 50 mph, making them perfect for puttering around town. The batteries with a total weight of approximately 1,322 pounds allow a range of 62 miles.

Rear emblem of the FUSO eCanter, Daimler AG

In addition to saving the planet with zero-emissions and your ears with zero-noise from the truck, the truck is cheaper than conventional diesel trucks. Daimler claims operating cost savings of $1,896 per 10,000 miles.

Speaking on the FUSO eCanter Marco Lilstosella, head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said, “With the FUSO eCanter we are delivering the first all-electric truck in series production to our customers in Europe today. Over 90,000 kilometers of testing in everyday operating conditions secure that we handover a reliable and economical vehicle to our customers. With the FUSO eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs. This is the future of urban distribution transport.“

All four of the new customers are using the trucks as part of their own initiatives to cut down on their carbon footprints.