Mercedes Unveils eCanter Electric Truck, Partners With StoreDot On Fast Charging Batteries

Daimler has unveiled its Fuso branded eCanter electric truck in Manhattan. Mitsubishi Fuso is part of the Daimler Truck Group, along with Freightliner and Mercedes Benz. The eCanter electric light duty delivery truck has been under development for several years and will be manufactured in Tramagal, Portugal. It goes on sale in the US, Europe, and Japan starting later this year, according to a company press release.

Fuso eCanter electric truck

Fuso eCanter Electric Truck

The Fuso eCanter has a range of 100 kilometers and a load capacity up to three and a half tons depending on body type and usage. Its electric powertrain consists of six 420 volt lithium ion battery rated at 13.8 kWh each. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, its projected operating costs are at least $1,000 less for every 6,000 miles traveled. Seven Eleven Corporation has already agreed to add 25 of the new electric delivery vans to its fleet in Japan and UPS says it will add them to its US fleet of sustainable vehicles.

Marc Llistosella, head of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Daimler Trucks Asia says, “In times when everybody is talking about electric trucks, we are the first to actually commercialize a series produced all electric truck. Having a long history in alternative drivetrains, we are proud to step into this new era. Our FUSO eCanter comes with years of customer testing, and the assurance of parts, services, and warranty through our global FUSO dealership network.”

“Our new FUSO eCanter now addresses the increasing global demand for products to meet and exceed high CO2 emission standards. It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution”, Llistosella added.

StoreDot Partnership

The introduction of the eCanter is only part of the good news coming from Daimler regarding electric trucks this week. It has also partnered Israeli startup StoreDot, which claims it has created a battery like the ones needed for electric trucks that can be recharged in as little as 5 minutes. StoreDot has recently completed a funding round which raised $60 million, thanks in large part by leadership from Daimler according to Venture Beat.

StoreDot’s FlashBattery technology is uniquely suited for commercial vehicles that start and stop repeatedly during daily use because the system maximizes the benefits of regenerative braking. That means a vehicle can travel further before it needs recharging.

Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot, says, “Having Daimler, a world leader in the automotive field, as a strategic partner is of significant value to StoreDot. It will accelerate the completion of our development process and the introduction of FlashBattery to the market. Together with Daimler teams, we create synergies that optimize the characteristics of our innovative solutions with the requirements of the electric vehicles of the future.”

If StoreDot can make 5 minute charging the norm, the electric car and truck revolution will be complete.

Steve Hanley

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