Fuso launches eCanter in New Zealand

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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Fuso NZ has launched the eCanter as its third new model for 2019.

The eCanter is the first all-electric vehicle off the ranks under the E-FUSO brand, launched in December 2017 by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC).

As a zero-emission vehicle, with no engine pollution and almost noiseless operation, eCanter is perfectly suited to a variety of around-town applications, including goods delivery, furniture removal, refuse and recycling, light commercial work and chilled goods delivery. With its electric drivetrain fitted to Fuso’s standard 3400mm Canter cab chassis, eCanter is easy to customise whatever the job.

The eCanter is driven by a permanent synchronous electric motor, powered by a 82.8kWh lithium-ion, liquid-cooled battery pack. It delivers an impressive 135kW and 390Nm and allows a range of up to 120km on a single charge (max of 150km) – well suited to around-town delivery routes.

New Zealand is well placed for eCanter’s arrival – around 85 per cent of the country's electricity is generated by renewable sources and, as of January 2019, there are 175 DC rapid charging stations nationwide. NZTA hopes to encourage the installation of a rapid charger every 75km along NZ’s main highways.

A standard CHAdeMO plug is used for charging, with downtime minimised thanks to DC fast charge capability that will have the battery at 80 per cent within the hour. The truck comes with a single phase AC charge cable (max 30A), which will allow a full charge overnight using off-peak power.

Safety features include active emergency braking system, lane departure warning system and electronic stability control.

Expect availability in the near future.

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