Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), is getting ready to launch a new generation of electric trucks, the eCanter. The light duty truck has now been tested for the first time at Kitsuregawa Proving Ground, Japan.
Currently, the Daimler Truck subsidiary is continuing the development and testing phase of the new generation of eCanter in preparation for its upcoming launch. The electric truck has been tested under extreme conditions in both hot and cold climates and both at home and abroad. Driving tests that exceed a total distance of more than 1 million km will be completed with an official launch.
It revealed that this mass-production model will come with further enhancements in terms of range and safety features, and will be offered with an expanded range of variants to cater for diverse transportation needs.
Hironobu Ando, Vice President and Head of Product Engineering at MFTBC said that the company has been committed to continuing the development of electric vehicles and expanding its EV-only infrastructure.
“Our main goal is to achieve CO2 neutrality in our commercial vehicles. Through this ambition, we hope to contribute to the sustainability of not only our customers' businesses, but also society as a whole.”
It is known that since its first launch in 2017, eCanter has supported the logistics needs of various companies including those in the retail, manufacturing, health care and distribution industries.
“Fuso eCanter has contributed to business sustainability goals worldwide as economies worldwide transition towards CO2 neutrality,” he said.
So far, more than 350 vehicles have been introduced in Japan, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and collectively have covered more than 4.5 million km worldwide.
MFTBC has also previously announced plans to electrify all new models for the Japanese market by 2039 and accelerate their shift to CO2 neutrality. Following this commitment, the organization has increased its investment in EV development infrastructure.
In 2020, MFTBC introduced an upgraded model with advanced safety features for the Japanese market. Furthermore, in 2021, MFTBC has installed high-voltage fast chargers, EV after-sales service, and electric battery testing used to dissect and analyze lithium-ion batteries.