Pictures of the Week: Fuso and Renault unveil all-electric models at SEAI Energy Show


Fuso’s new 4.25T eCanter goes on sale

Making its Irish debut at the SEAI Energy Show in the RDS in Dublin this week was the new Fuso eCanter 4.25T. The lightest version of the all-electric truck, which can be driven on a regular car licence, it comes with two battery options of 41.3kWh and 82.6kWh, giving respective driving ranges of up to 70km and 140km respectively. Charging speeds are up to 11kW AC and 70kW DC for the 41.3kWh battery and 22kW AC / 104kW DC for the 82.6kWh version. An electric motor developing 110kW max (85kW continuous) provides the power for both battery variants.  A chassis payload of up to 1.695kg is permissible with the smaller battery (up to 1,190kg with the bigger version), so even with a body fitted operators should be able to carry in excess of 1 tonne. The eCanter 4.25T is available in Standard (1.7m) and Comfort (2.0m) cabin widths.

Representing the brand at the SEAI Show, Andrew Johnson, Sales Manager for Fuso Ireland said he has high hopes for the new 4.25T eCanter which joins the 7.49T and 8.55T versions in the model line-up, highlighting the much improved cabin layout, the impressive payload capabilities and the fact it can be driven without the need for a C category driving licence. It’s the first time Fuso has offered the eCanter in this  lighter specification.


First Kangoo E-Tech arrives in Ireland

Also being shown for the first time on Irish soil at the Energy Show was Renault’s new Kangoo E-Tech electric van. Replacing the previous generation Kangoo Z.E., it gets a bigger battery with a 45kWh usable capacity compared to 33kWh in the old model. It is capable of achieving up to 300km on a single charge under the WLTP cycle. For the first time Renault’s small electric van will be offered with optional DC charging capability at speeds of up to 80kW, while AC charging is possible at 11kW or 22kW.

Available in two body lengths, and with a payload of 4.9 cubic metres (3.9 m3 for the short wheel base version), the Kango E-Tech will also be offered in a crew cab version, expected to arrive later this year. Renault Ireland Product Manager, Jeremy Warnock reported high interest in the new electric van from visitors attending the Energy Show.