11/5/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Field Tests of Fuso Electric Trucks Completed in Portugal

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Daimler AG's Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus (MFTB) unit says its Fuso Canter E-Cell all-electric trucks reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 37% and achieved a 64% savings in operating costs compared with diesel-powered trucks during a one-year field test in Portugal.

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Daimler AG's Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus (MFTB) unit says its Fuso Canter E-Cell all-electric trucks reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 37% and achieved a 64% savings in operating costs compared with diesel-powered trucks during a one-year field test in Portugal.

Fuso Canter E-Cell electric truck

Eight E-Cell trucks were tested under a variety of operating conditions during the program. This included applications ranging from door-to-door deliveries and transportation between postal distribution centers to landscaping, forest management and garbage trucks.

Powered by four lithium-ion battery packs with a combined capacity of 48 kWh, the truck's permanent magnet electric motor generates 150 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. During the tests, the eight 6.6-ton EVs drove an average of 31 miles per day less than half of the truck's estimated 68-mile driving range per charge. Top speed was limited to 56 mph.

MFTB says it takes seven hours to recharge the battery pack via a 230-volt outlet. This can be cut to about an hour with a quick-charging system.

A Canter diesel truck burns about 14 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km, depending on its configuration and freight, while the E-Cell variant consumes 47.6 kWh of electricity over the same distance. The electric trucks include an acoustic warning system that drivers can sound when approaching pedestrians.