Deret Transport Has Seen a 25% Reduction in Fuel Use, Daimler Says
Daimler reports placement of 22 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid trucks with Deret Transport, one of the largest logistics companies in France – “which now has one of the largest fleets of hybrid trucks in Europe.” Initial trips have shown a 25% reduction in fuel use, Daimler says, quoting a Deret spokesman.
The trucks serve Paris from a suburban depot, Daimler says. Inner city access entails stringent emissions and diesel use restrictions.
Daimler says that the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid was unveiled at the International Motor Show in Hanover in September 2012, and is the first series production hybrid light-duty truck in Europe. “In view of the moderate additional price for the hybrid drive technology, when covering average mileage the investment in the Canter Eco Hybrid pays off in a matter of a few years,” the manufacturer says.
Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid in the USA? Not Yet
The vehicle has a 3.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine rated at 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts), boosted by an electric motor with an output of 55 horsepower (40 kilowatts).
The first-generation Fuso Canter was launched in March 1963. The hybrid version is in use in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has been tested in England (F&F, August 18, 2008).
The hybrid vehicle debuted in Singapore this year.
For the U.S., “Nothing is imminent,” says New Jersey-based Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America marketing communications manager Josh Tregear.
“The business case for distributing this model in the U.S. is under constant evaluation and remains on the table as a future option,” he told F&F.
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Source: Daimler Stuttgart with Fleets & Fuels follow-up