Picture of the Week : Ceremonial production start of the Next Generation FUSO eCanter

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– Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe plant in Tramagal, Portugal

Following its European premiere at the IAA Transportation in Hanover in September 2022, Daimler Truck subsidiary FUSO is celebrating the start of production of the all-electric light truck in Europe. The event at the Mitsubishi FUSO Europe (“MFTE”) production plant in Tramagal, Portugal, brought together company representatives and guests of politics and business to celebrate the first Next Generation eCanter from European production running off the assembly line.

For Karl Deppen, CEO Daimler Truck Asia, the start of production of the FUSO eCanter marks a milestone:  “We at Daimler Truck are fully committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and making sustainable transport a success, which is why we aim to offer only CO2-neutral vehicles in our core global markets by 2039. An important part of that is supporting our customers’ transition to eMobility with the easy, efficient and electric eCanter starting production here in Tramagal. With this, we are taking an important step closer to CO2-neutral transportation.”

At the event, Karl Deppen and Arne Barden, CEO MFTE, proudly announced another impressive milestone for the Tramagal plant with the 250,000 FUSO Canter produced on site. Arne Barden: “The MFTE team is proud to build the iconic FUSO Canter here at Tramagal meanwhile in its fifth generation! Thank you to the highly dedicated team who managed the ramp-up of the Next Generation eCanter with flying colors!” The MFTE plant in Tramagal produces the FUSO Canter since 1980.

MFTE plant Tramagal: A Pioneer in sustainability

As part of its overall ecological strategy, the MFTE plant in Tramagal has already successfully reduced its CO2 emissions on a step-by-step basis over the past few years, and by the end of 2022, balance sheet CO2-neutrality in production has been implemented. In order to reach this milestone, MFTE has among others continuously expanded the use of renewable energy sources and completed the conversion to green power sources.1,200 solar panels on the hall roofs produce up to 350 megawatts of electricity per year. Future targets are to produce up to 600 megawatts of electricity. In addition to expanding photovoltaic systems, the plant is also testing technologies for the local production of green hydrogen.

Reducing water consumption is another measure in the field of sustainability the site is focusing on: Its own new water treatment plant already treats over 60 percent of process water and returns it to the production cycle. At the same time, an optimized rainwater collection system is in the works for more sustainable irrigation of the green areas. Mitsubishi FUSO Europe employs around 500 people in Tramagal. The company is the largest employer in the region. From Portugal, the vehicles go to 32 European countries as well as Morocco. Mitsubishi FUSO Truck Europe is a major exporter and Portugal’s third-largest vehicle manufacturer.

“Made in Europe” for the FUSO Next Generation eCanter does not only refer to the vehicle assembly in Tramagal: more than 50 percent of the electric truck’s components come from over 90 different European suppliers. In line with the production of the all-electric FUSO eCanter, MFTE has also been successively converting its entire internal logistics and warehouse fleet to locally emission-free, electric vehicles since last year.

The Next Generation eCanter is now available in a total of 38 variants with six wheelbases and a gross vehicle weight of 4.25 to 8.55 tonnes.