Mitsubishi Fuso showcases zero-emissions vehicle at Work Truck Show

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America is hoping to hit a home run with the unveiling of the Canter E-cell, a fully electric, battery-powered, medium-duty cabover work truck.

Announced during the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Ind. March 2, the vehicle was tested for over 500,000 km in Portugal, where Fuso said it was well received by drivers.

The truck runs for approximately 100 km on a full charge carrying a 4,400-pound payload. It has 150 horsepower and 479 pounds-foot of torque, a maximum payload of 6,470 pounds, front axle capacity of 4,805 pounds and rear axle capacity of 8,425 pounds.

Developed by Fuso’s parent company Daimler Trucks Asia/Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporations, the Canter E-cell is said to save 64% in operating costs compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle performing the same service, depending on geographic conditions.

The truck is intended for use in tight quarters, such as larger metropolitan areas like New York City and Boston, performing duties that include express package delivery, freight forwarding, municipal refuse, public works service and forestry service equipment and debris hauling.

The battery can be charged two different ways; either by AC adaptor, which can be found in most households and takes around seven hours for a full charge, or by DC adaptor, which are the charging stations intended specifically for electric vehicles and takes less than an hour to fully reboot.

“We believe this is the future,” said Jecka Glasman, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso group for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America.

Fuso indicated that the vehicle produces zero emissions from the tailpipe, or 37% less CO2 than comparable diesel-powered trucks when accounting for the emissions generated by the power plants needed to power the Canter E-cell truck.

With more testing being planned in the US, Fuso’s plan is to roll out the zero-emissions vehicle in Japan and then in the US.

A university graduate with a degree in English, I have worked in the media and trucking industries as a writer, editor, and now as western bureau chief of Today's Trucking and I have several years of management experience in journalism, as well as hospitality, but am first and foremost a writer, both professionally and in my personal life, having completed two fiction novels.

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  • This is exciting news I’d be thrilled to test drive this truck how could I get involved in setting up or learning the mechanics of this unit or as a hd deisel mechanic it looks like in five to ten years we will be out of a job but this is great for cutting out emissions plus the health of our country in which we live great inventing & designing