More powerful, more efficient, longer range – plus a wider variety of applications and CO2-neutral in driving operation: Is the essence of the Next Generation eCanter from FUSO.
Media representatives, including Fleet Transport had the opportunity to experience the new eCanter range first hand during a factory tour and an exclusive driving event on the Autódromo do Estoril and the surrounding public roads. During the driving event, experts from FUSO Europe provided detailed insights into the application versatility of the new vehicle and informed about customised e-mobility solutions.
Since the launch of the eCanter in 2017, FUSO, considered a pioneer and frontrunner in electric trucks and has been working consistently to implement sustainable transport solutions. There are now over 550 FUSO eCanter in customer operation in Europe, Japan and the United States, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. The total distance covered by the global eCanter fleet in all-electric mode is now around eight million kilometers – equivalent to about 200 circumnavigations of the globe.
In order to meet customer requirements even better, FUSO has made several adjustments to the Next Generation eCanter. While the previous electric truck was exclusively available as an 81kWh 7.49-tonner with a wheelbase of 3,400 millimeters, customers now have the choice of six wheelbases between 2,500 and 4,750 mm and a permissible gross vehicle weight of 4.25 to 8.55 tonnes GVW. The load capacity of the chassis is up to 5 tonnes. The Next Generation eCanter is powered either by a 110 kW (variants with a gross vehicle weight of 4.25 t) or 129 kW (variants with a gross vehicle weight of 7.49 and 8.55 t) electric motor and 430 Nm of torque; the maximum speed is 89 km/h (electronically limited).
Depending on the wheelbase, three different battery packs are available: S, M & L. The batteries use lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cell technology, ensuring a long service life and more usable energy. The battery pack in the S variant has a nominal capacity of 41 kWh and enables a range of up to 70 kilometers. In the M variant, the nominal capacity is 83 kWh and the range is up to 140 kilometers, while the L version, as the most powerful option, offers a nominal capacity of 124 kWh and a range of up to 200 kilometers, twice as much range distance than previous.
As far as battery charging is concerned, the Next Generation eCanter is compatible with all main voltages, as the charging unit supports both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC), possible at up to 104 kW. DC fast charging from 20 to 80 percent of capacity is possible in approximately 24 (S), 26 (M) and 39 minutes (L), depending on the battery pack; AC charging (11 & 22 kW) takes between around four and six hours, depending on the battery pack.