Daimler Batteries Slash the Cost of Onboard Energy Storage
Mitsubishi Fuso displayed its 100% battery-electric eCanter delivery truck at ACT Expo. The Daimler affiliate plans to offer a limited number of trucks for lease in the U.S., beginning in September, for $1,000 per month, said product management director Otto Schmid.
The vehicle is “engineered and manufactured by Fuso – the first major truck manufacturer to produce an all-electric truck for North America,” the company says.
The vehicle has been tested extensively outside the U.S. (F&F, December 9, 2013).
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“Our target areas are New York City and California,” Schmid told F&F – adding that the company will be happy to speak with other interested fleet managers.
Schmid also noted here that Fuso is switching to lithium ion battery packs produced by corporate affiliate Deutsche Accumotive – and by doing so will reduce the cost per kilowatt-hour of storage by a stunning 85%. The batteries are the same as used on premium Mercedes S-Class electric cars.
The new 82.8-kilowatt battery array for the eCanter truck is expected to deliver a single-charge range of about 100 miles. The truck has an AC synchronous motor coupled to a single-speed reduction gear drive.
The 15,995-pound GVWR vehicle will be available in the flatbed configuration shown at ACT Expo or with a van body.
An all-electric Fuso Canter truck with EnerDel batteries was shown at last year’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis (F&F, March 10, 2016).
ACT Expo 2018 – the next Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo – has been scheduled for April 30-May 3, 2018 – again at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center.
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Source: Fleets & Fuels at ACT Expo 2017 in Long Beach