Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Light Freight Truck Wins Award for Fourth Year Running

Future Developments of Canter Also Hold Promise
Shipping News Feature
UK – The FUSO Canter has won the Light Truck of the Year title at the 2017 Vans A2Z Awards for the fourth year running at a ceremony held at Twickenham, the home of English Rugby. The award recognised the vehicles everyday driveability, strength and durability, and the manufacturer's ongoing commitment to the development of more environmentally-friendly power technologies.

Sold and supported by Mercedes-Benz Dealers in Great Britain, the Canter family comprises 4x2 and 4x4 variants with gross weights from 3.5-8.55 tonnes, and engine outputs from 96kW (130 hp) to 129 kW (175 hp). It includes a diesel-electric Eco Hybrid model, while the first fully-electric eCanters are due to enter service on UK roads before the end of this year with a ‘real world’ pilot programme scheduled to commence in London next November, at which point Dealers will start taking orders for this remarkable new vehicle, which enters series production in 2018.

The new electric vehicles will have a chassis load capacity for the 7.49 tonne vehicle of 4.63 tonnes, including the body and load. The eCanter will also be adapted to customer requirements with regards to range, price and weight by allowing the battery load to be altered at purchase to fit need. The concept is based on the results of customer tests that show that for some operators, payload is more important than range, while others are happy to sacrifice payload for longer range, i.e. more batteries. Sam Whittaker, Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ Director Customer Service & Operations, said:

“The FUSO Canter enjoys the same level of support and customer service from our organisation as any vehicle bearing the three-pointed star. It complements the Mercedes-Benz Trucks range perfectly and also benefits from our Zero Tolerance on Downtime commitment, which explains why so many operators choose to run vehicles from both product lines.”