UPS Buys Daimler's Electric Trucks

Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks’ all-electric Fuso eCanter is now available for customers in regions of the United States Europe and Asia

Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks’ all-electric Fuso eCanter is now available for customers in regions of the United States Europe and Asia

The trucks have a range of about 62 miles (100 kms) between charges.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), part of Daimler Trucks - the global market leader with truck brands like Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz and FUSO - today celebrated the global launch of the FUSO eCanter in New York City. Today, Daimler announced that it's bringing its smaller Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter trucks to the U.S., starting in New York City.

One diesel-engine truck produces roughly 16 tons of Carbon dioxide in New York City, Llistosella explained. "Electrification of trucks is important to our society". While it won't enter large-scale production until 2019, the automaker will deliver 500 examples of the eCanter over the next two years.

United Parcel Service Inc. will be the first US commercial customer for Daimler AG's new battery-powered eCanter truck, and the company will expand its electric truck production as lower cost, longer-range batteries become available within two to three years. The eCanter is built on the same assembly lines in Japan and Portugal, where more than 70,000 diesel Canter trucks are built each year.

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Still of course suffering from a limited distance capability, the new truck is envisaged to be a ideal fit for UPS, delivering and collecting on urban rounds unaffected by the truck's 100 kilometre range. The company will conduct additional eCanter unveilings next month at the Tokyo Motor Show and before year's end in Berlin, reflecting the focus on the types of cities the truck was created to work in. In these cases, fleets will be looking at a much different business case and be able to offer delivery services not allowed with diesel trucks.

Rose did not say where in the US the trucks would be deployed. 7 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 United States fleet of sustainable vehicles.

Daimler is leasing the trucks to UPS, Llistosella said, because within about two years "we know there will be a next level of technology" that will produce batteries with longer range, lower cost and lower weight. UPS recently set a goal that by 2020 one in four vehicles purchased annually will use alternative fuels or advanced technology.

It'll first arrive in the USA wearing UPS livery. "It offers an attractive and cost-effective alternative to combustion engines and makes electric trucks key to the future of inner city distribution".

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