Emission-free electric truck test kicks off

Daimler Trucks has launched a fleet test for emission-free, electric trucks in Germany with the handover of the five battery-powered Fuso Canter E-Cells to Stuttgart’s mayor, Fritz Kuhn, and the Hermes Logistics Company.

Over the next 12 months, the Municipality of Stuttgart will test four 6-tonne Fuso Canter E-Cell in a tough everyday working environment: two vehicles with hydraulic tipper bodies are to be deployed in road construction and landscaping; while two vehicles with box bodies will be assigned to municipal furniture transport and waste disposal operations. Another Canter E-Cell will carry out parcel deliveries in urban traffic for the Hermes Company.

Wolfgang Bernhard, member of the board of management of Daimler AG, responsible for Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, says, “Today’s combustion engine is highly efficient, eco-friendly and, above all, clean. In long-distance transport it will remain the only option for a long time to come. In urban short-radius distribution, a partial switch to electric trucks will become technically feasible and economically viable within a few years’ time.

“With this fleet test, we are making a small yet important contribution to urban mobility in Stuttgart. Daimler Trucks is pushing ahead with the development of this technology. Together with the Municipality of Stuttgart and the Hermes Company, we are taking a key step towards market maturity today.”

Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) and head of Daimler Trucks Asia, says, “We at Fuso have acquired extensive experience in the development of local emission-free commercial vehicles. I am firmly convinced that the Canter E-Cell will prove its strengths in the German climate and in the topographically very demanding area of urban Stuttgart. The Canter E-Cell offers our customers transport services which are not only environment-friendly, but also economical. Our test in Lisbon revealed savings of around 1 000 euros per 10 000 kilometres in comparison to diesel trucks.”

Mayor Kuhn says, “Sustainable mobility is a key issue for cities and electric mobility is an important element. This is where the Municipality of Stuttgart is showing the way. We’ve decided to make a change to our fleet: all new cars purchased by the Municipality will be electric. I think this sends out a very strong signal. So we’re also very happy to test the four Canter E-Cell vehicles in day-to-day city traffic.”

Dirk Rahn, MD Operations at Hermes Logistics Group, Germany, says, “Daimler and Hermes are united by a long and joint tradition in the promotion of alternative drives. We were among the first to test the early electric vehicles under real-world conditions and are proud to be using the new electric 6-tonne truck for our parcel deliveries. The project is part of our long-term climate protection programme, under which we intend to halve the CO2 emissions of our fleet by 2020.”

Fuso is pushing ahead with development of this drive technology while the current customer trials are in progress: Fuso engineers are already working on the next generation of the Canter E-Cell with the goal of making it even more suitable for everyday use and more economical.