Daimler Truck has launched the Next Generation FUSO eCanter. WILL SHIERS jetted to Portugal to drive it.
The zero-tailpipe-emission eCanter truck is built on the same line as its diesel-powered sibling at the Mitsubishi FUSO Truck Europe assembly plant in Tramagal, Portugal. Unlike the previous battery-powered eCanter, which was only offered as a 7.5-tonner, there are 42 derivatives of the latest incarnation from which to choose. This includes gross vehicle masses (GVMs) ranging from 4.25 to 8.55 tonnes, six different wheelbases from 2 500 to 4 750 mm, and two cab widths.
Power comes from a choice of two electric motors: either 110 kW for trucks in the 4.25- to six-tonne bracket, or 129 kW for 7.49- and 8.55-tonners.
The previous generation eCanter was powered by a single 81-kWh lithium-ion battery, which gave it a maximum range of 100 km. Buyers of the latest version, however, can choose from one (S), two (M), or three (L) 41.3-kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, giving maximum ranges of 70, 140, and 200 km respectively. With the help of Daimler Truck’s eTruck Ready tool, potential customers can determine how many batteries they require and spec their truck(s) accordingly.
The decision to opt for LFP batteries brings the eCanter in line with the rest of Daimler’s zero-tailpipe-emission truck offerings. With no nickel, cobalt, or magnesium content, it’s the more environmentally friendly option. LFPs also have a longer lifespan, require less maintenance, operate over a wider temperature range, and are quicker to charge.
The new eCanter supports both AC and DC charging, giving increased flexibility. Using DC current, charging from 20 to 80% takes approximately 24 minutes for single battery models (S), 26 minutes for two (M), and 39 minutes for three (L). AC charging takes between four and six hours, depending on the number of batteries fitted.