Canter FE-Series Demonstrates 64% Operating Costs Savings
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America showed a 100% battery electric version of its Fuso Canter FE-Series medium-duty cabover at the NTEA Work Truck Show last week. The manufacturer says that a year of potential customer testing in Europe has shown that the vehicle can generate a 64% savings in operating costs compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle.
Eight prototype trucks, with varied flatbed/stakebody and dry van bodies, were tested in Portugal, says marketing manager Bryan Allen. They have now been shifted to Germany, for evaluation there.
Customer 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.
Location, Location, Location
An analysis of the data revealed that the Canter E-Cell work trucks required an average of 76.6 kilowatt-hours per 100 miles, compared to an equivalent Canter’s average diesel fuel consumption of 3.72 gallons per 100 miles.
“Based on diesel fuel pricing and electricity costs in the European locations where the trucks were operated, over the period of the testing, the E-Cell trucks produced a cost savings of 64%,” the company says.
They “even delivered a 37% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to diesel-powered trucks, after accounting for emissions generated by the power plants creating the electricity needed to recharge the batteries,” the manufacturer said.
The truck has four air-cooled, 48.8-kilowatt-hour lithium ion batteries in a 390-volt system powering a 110-kilowatt AC synchronous permanent magnet motor and, also according to a data sheet outlining the European trials, has both a 230-volt single-phase AC charger for normal use and a 50-kilowatt ChaDeMo DC fast charger. Curb weight is 6,760 pounds and estimated maximum payload is 6,740 pounds.
‘When Used as Intended, the Trucks Performed Well’
Mitsubishi Fuso also 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.”
Additional testing and customer product evaluations are planned for the United States over the coming months, the company says.
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