Today, electric-powered trucks are a tiny part of the market.
But think ahead. The real buzz is that zero-emission vehicles are an extremely important segment of the truck industry in an environmentally conscious society. With the FUSO eCanter all-electric truck, FUSO is in on the ground floor, poised to thrive as customers in urban areas embrace trucks that don’t make noise or pollute the air.
Let’s look at the numbers. In an article on trucks.com, IHS Markit reports sales of electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks will remain at less than half a percent in 2019. IHS forecasts sales for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks will reach the 4-percent mark around 2025.
The article doesn’t mention the eCanter. But it does note that about 300 of the 123,000 trucks in the UPS fleet are battery electric vehicles. The electric trucks are rolling in densely populated cities, where there are lots of deliveries in a small area.
Most of the UPS electric trucks were converted from internal combustion engines. But, UPS also is investing in trucks that are designed and built to run on battery power and already has taken delivery of three FUSO eCanters. UPS was one of the first customers taking the world’s first series produced all-electric truck from FUSO.
At the same time, California is intent on fast-tracking stricter emission standards in its vast, far-flung truck market. Under the proposed Advanced Clean Truck rule, manufacturers of Class 2B-3 vehicles would be required to have 3 percent of sales to be electric by the 2024 model year. That would be ratcheted up by 2 percent each year through 2030, when 15 percent of sales must be zero-emission vehicles.
The timeline is faster for Class 4 through 8 vocational trucks; 7 percent of sales in California would need to be fully electric by the 2024 model year. By 2030, that would zoom to 50 percent. Requirements for Class 7 and 8 tractors would start at 9 percent in 2027 and rise to 15 percent by 2030.
In the U.S. and around the world, smart companies are finding that electric trucks are green, good for the planet and good for the bottom line.
In Japan, SevenEleven, a grocery chain, and Yamato, a logistics company, have about 30 eCanters on the road. In the U.S., eCanters have been embraced from coast to coast, from the University of California in Irvine to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
Penske Truck Leasing took delivery of its first FUSO eCanter electric light-duty truck at the end of 2018. Penske plans to operate the light duty trucks on urban delivery routes in California. Velocity Truck Rental and Leasing has added four eCanters to its fleet as well.
With an output of 129 kW and a payload up to 3.5 tons, the eCanter also is making inroads in major European markets such as Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Compared to a conventional diesel truck, operating costs for the eCanter can be as much as 1,000 euros lower (that’s $1,123) lower for each 10,000 km (or 6,210 miles) driven.
Innovative research and development has always been at the core of FUSO. With a state-of-the-art modular HV battery pack and permanent synchronous e-motor, the eCanter is completely silent and the tailpipe is emissions-free. Available in a flatbed and van body option, the medium-duty truck is ideal for urban delivery while helping to keep city air cleaner.
The eCanter also is healthy for drivers, as it’s equipped with ergonomic seating and tilt/telescopic steering, and a comfortable cab. It’s convenient to operate, with 12-inch digital displays, keyless push start, excellent turning radius and excellent driver visibility. In short, it’s tomorrow’s truck today.