The Fuso eCanter is a fully electric light-duty truck aimed at slashing emissions and running costs in the inner-city delivery business. Pic:SUPPLIED
The Fuso eCanter is a fully electric light-duty truck aimed at slashing emissions and running costs in the inner-city delivery business. Pic:SUPPLIED

Fuso, the Mitsubishi truck and bus that is 89% owned by Daimler, has announced an expansion on its existing partnership with logistic provider DB Schenker in the field of fully electric light-duty trucks with a payload of up to four tons.

DB Schenker has brought in a further four Fuso eCanter trucks for urban short-radius distribution in Paris, Frankfurt and in Stuttgart, where Daimler is based. An eCanter had already been in use for Berlin since 2018 and the logistics company has been testing the truck under real operating conditions in consideration of introducing series-production electric vehicles in its inner city by moving packaged goods in a mixed fleet.

Tristan Keusgen, head of European Fleet Management at DB Schenker said: “We need to bring goods into inner cities in a more sustainable manner and irrespective of vehicle bans. Our experience with the Fuso eCanter up until now has been valuable — it is perfectly suited to serving our customers in urban areas such as Paris or Frankfurt.”

DB Schenker is planning to deploy two more eCanter trucks in France, Frankfurt and Stuttgart where they are intended to do about four trips a day with 10-12 stops in the Paris region, almost silently and with zero emissions.

“Experience with the vehicle in Berlin has been consistently positive — drivers praise the pulling power and agility of the electric drive and the peace in the cockpit,” said Keusgen.

According to Daimler, more than 100 eCanter trucks are being used in delivery operations worldwide and have completed more than 300,000km.

The 7.5-ton versions are said to be able to cover a 100km range, satisfying short-radius inner city delivery requirements.

Charging takes place overnight, with either alternating or direct current chargers, depending on availability. Charging can be reduced to about 90 minutes on high-speed chargers.