Mitsubishi Fuso opens the first power charging station for trucks in Japan, paving the way for the launch of the all-electric, FUSO eCanter
- The all-electric FUSO eCanter – the first series produced truck - will launch later this year as a small series
- By opening this power charging station at its Kawasaki Plant, FUSO sends a strong signal for the need to create a public charging infrastructure to propel electric inner-city delivery throughout Japan and other key markets including the United States
- Up to eight trucks can be rapidly charged simultaneously
- Director General of METI, Toshihide Kasutani and Mayor of Kawasaki City, Norihiko Fukuda, welcomed the initiative from FUSO during the event
Kawasaki, Japan — Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) today inaugurated the first public power charging station dedicated to trucks in Japan, directly outside its Kawasaki manufacturing facility in the presence of media and guests from the Japanese Government and local Kawasaki Administration.
The move comes in preparation of the launch of the all-electric FUSO eCanter later this year that will be the first series-produced electric truck sold in the market by an established automotive brand. Similar preparations are occurring in other key countries including the United States, an important growth market for FUSO.
The President and CEO of MFTBC, Marc Llistosella, said at the occasion, “I am convinced that electric trucks are the future of inner-city distribution. By developing and testing electric trucks since 2010, and launching our eCanter this year, FUSO becomes the frontrunner in electric trucks.” Pointing out the importance of the establishment of a charging network, he continued, “With the inauguration of our FUSO EV power charger, we want to highlight the need for a robust network of charging stations in mega-cities like Tokyo, to help propel the use of electric trucks. To achieve this we will closely cooperate with the government and our progressive customers.”
The “FUSO EV power charger” consists of eight chargers in two locations, that provide DC 50-500 Volt, 125 Ampere via CHAdeMO and CHAdeMO Compo charging plugs. It is capable of rapidly charging up to eight electric trucks (or passenger cars) simultaneously, and will be open for public use.
Participating in the event as honorary guests, Director General of METI, Toshihide Kasutani and Mayor of Kawasaki City Norihiko Fukuda welcomed the initiative of Mitsubishi Fuso.
For more information on the eCanter and FUSO’s other new products, visit www.mitfuso.com.
About Mitsubishi Fuso
Headquartered in Logan Township, NJ, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (FUSO) is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks Asia, Kawasaki, Japan, an integral part of the Daimler Trucks Division of Daimler AG. With a heritage of more than 30 years in North America, FUSO is focused on delivering trucks with the lowest cost-of-ownership in their class. Its Class 3-5 diesel-powered, medium-duty cabover trucks are available through more than 200 dealer locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Guam. More than 100,000 Mitsubishi Fuso standard, 4-wheel-drive and crew cab trucks have been sold in North America to fulfill the transportation needs of a wide variety of businesses and industries, including beverage, catering, refrigerated and dry cargo delivery fleets, vehicle recovery, towing, pest control, plumbing, light construction and landscaping. For more information, visit www.mitfuso.com, follow FusoTruck on Twitter, or like FusoTruck on Facebook.
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