Friday, December 15, 2017

All Electric Light Duty Trucks Commence Freight Transport with Several Major Logistics Groups

Daimler Vehicles for Freight Forwarding Companies Urban Deliveries
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EUROPE – Daimler Trucks is handing over the first units of its all-electric FUSO eCanter to European customers, international freight forwarding and general logistics companies DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser, each of which will introduce the all-electric light-duty truck in their fleet, for use in urban delivery transport and various other logistics tasks. Marc Llistosella, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, explains:

“With the FUSO eCanter we are delivering the first all-electric truck in series production to our customers in Europe today [December 14]. Over 90,000 kilometres of testing in everyday operating conditions secure that we handover a reliable and economical vehicle to our customers. With the FUSO eCanter our customers now operate not only quietly and without locally emitted CO2, they also save money on operating costs. This is the future of urban distribution transport.”

Deutsche Post DHL will use its six vehicles in two business divisions. Two vehicles will perform inner city delivery runs of business and private customers of DHL Freight’s Berlin branch, for heavy individual cargo, such as electrical or large household appliances. DHL Paket will use four vehicles for the delivery of goods to businesses and corporate clients. For this, the electric trucks will be fully integrated in existing business processes and will replace the vehicles with conventional drivetrains which were used so far.

For DB Schenker, the new vehicles give the company an opportunity to test a series production electric vehicle for inner city logistics under real-life production conditions. Among other tasks, one of the three trucks will deliver and collect general cargo in the inner city of Berlin.

The Rhenus Group will use the three FUSO eCanter within its home delivery unit. From the central warehouse in Hoppegarten, the all-electric trucks will deliver furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and heavy sport equipment to the inner city of Berlin.

Two more FUSO eCanter will be driving for the transport company Dachser. Their job will be the general goods transportation core business on the last mile, meaning pallets with industrial goods either at micro-hubs or goods that are delivered directly to the customer, as well as collecting goods and delivering them to the Dachser-branches. At these branches, the eCanters will recharge overnight using a high-voltage loading station.

On September 14, 2017 the new FUSO eCanter was launched to the global market in New York City. Over the next few years, Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is planning to deliver a total of 500 trucks of this generation to selected customers. The large-scale series production is planned to start in 2019. In the US, FUSO eCanter are already committed for delivery for the logistics company UPS and in Japan the convenience-store chain Seven-Eleven and Yamato Transport each will operate 25 eCanter in their fleets.

Depending on body and field of application the eCanter has a load-bearing capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes. The vehicle‘s electric power train contains six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with each 420 V and 13.8 kWh. Instead of a diesel engine, an electric drivetrain with a strong permanent-magnet-engine delivers 129 kW (180 hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle.

The all-electric light-duty truck is MFTBC’s answer to the public’s need for a zero-emission, zero-noise truck for continuously increasing inner city distribution. In comparison with a conventional diesel truck, the group says that the vehicle offers savings up to €1,000 per 10,000 kilometres on operating costs.