Mitsubishi Fuso to Show All-Electric E-Cell Medium-Duty Truck at GIE 2016
Logan Township, NJ — In addition to its standard diesel-powered FUSO FE Series truck, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) will display its FUSO Canter E-cell all-electric truck in its booth (#5168) at GIE+Expo 2016, October 20–21 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.
Its parent company, Daimler Trucks Asia/Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation is well along in the development of an all-electric, battery-powered FUSO Canter FE-Series cabover work truck, and a year of in-use testing has demonstrated that FUSO E-Cell trucks can generate a 64 percent savings in operating costs compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle in the same service.
To help gauge the level of interest in an electric work truck in North America, MFTA is showing the Canter E-Cell truck at a number of trade shows, including GEI+EXPO 2016.
FUSO also recently announced during the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, Germany, that it will start a small production run of vehicles for several markets around the world, including the USA. The company expects the first all-electric trucks to reach the U.S. in 2017.
Background: In-use Testing Demonstrates Benefits of the All-Electric E-Cell Truck
To prove the value of an all-electric work truck, MFTA’s parent company conducted a field trial using eight prototype vehicles, with varied flatbed/stakebody and dry van bodies installed. These trucks were operated by fleet customers in Europe, where the vehicles are assembled. The fleet managers were asked to put the E-Cell trucks to use in routine service while Mitsubishi Fuso engineers closely monitored the vehicles’ performance and use profiles for a full year.
An analysis of the data revealed that the Canter E-Cell work trucks required an average of 47.6 kwh/62 miles (47.6 kwh/100 km), compared to an equivalent diesel-powered Canter’s average fuel consumption of 3.72 gallons/62 miles (14.08 liters/100 km). Calculation of actual cost savings in any particular region would require the use of the specific cost of diesel fuel and electricity rates in that region. Based on diesel fuel pricing and electricity costs in the European locations where the trucks were operated, the E-Cell trucks produced a cost savings of 64 percent over the one-year testing period.
Not only did the eight test vehicles produce impressive operating cost savings, but they also produced zero CO2 or other tailpipe emissions, and even delivered a 37-percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared to diesel-powered trucks, after accounting for emissions generated by the power plants creating the electricity needed to recharge the batteries.
In addition to in-depth performance data, the company elicited customer evaluations of the vehicles’ practicality, suitability for their specific operating requirements and their ease of use. Results have been quite positive, with all customers reporting that, when used as intended, the trucks performed well. Types of service included express package delivery and freight forwarding in urban environments, municipal refuse and public works service, and forestry service equipment and debris hauling.
For more information about Mitsubishi Fuso and its Canter work trucks, visit www.mitfuso.com. Or see the FUSO E-Cell in Booth 5168 at GIE+EXPO, October 20–21, 2016 at the Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville.
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À propos de Mitsubishi Fuso
Ayant son siège social dans le comté de Logan au New Jersey, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) est une filiale de Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, basée à Kawasaki, Japon, une partie intégrante de la division des camions Daimler de Daimler AG. En activité en Amérique du Nord depuis plus de 30 ans, MFTA se concentre sur la fabrication de camions offrant le coût total de possession le plus bas de leur catégorie. Ses camions diesel poids moyen et à cabine surélevée de classes 3 à 5 sont offerts par l’intermédiaire d’un réseau de plus de 200 concessionnaires partout aux États-Unis, au Canada, à Puerto Rico et à Guam. Mitsubishi Fuso a vendu plus de 100 000 camions à transmission manuelle, à quatre roues motrices et à cabine d’équipe en Amérique du Nord pour combler les besoins de transport pour une grande variété d’entreprises et d’industries, dont l’industrie des boissons et des traiteurs, pour la livraison de marchandises réfrigérées ou solides, pour la récupération de véhicules, le remorquage, la lutte antiparasitaire, la plomberie, la construction légère et l’aménagement paysager. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, visitez le www.mitfuso.com, suivez FusoTruck sur Twitter, ou aimez FusoTruck sur Facebook.
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Bryan C. Allen
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.