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All Electric Road Haulage Trucks Reach First UK Freight and Logistics Customers

March of Environmentally Friendly Commercial Vehicles Continues UK – The steady march toward a leaner, cleaner future for the road haulage industry took another step this month as three UK customers received the first tranche of all-electric light-duty trucks from Daimler Trucks[1], the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer. The environmentally friendly 7.5 tonne FUSO eCanter[2] vehicles went to freight and logistics outfits DPD[3] and Wincanton[4], and flour milling giant Hovis[5].

With ever more stringent regulations being applied to transport in cities such as London[6], the new trucks have been specifically engineered to suit urban environments and drew comment, even at government level, with Transport Minister Jesse Norman saying: “Emissions from heavy goods vehicles represent one of the biggest environmental challenges we face in the transport sector.

Daimler’s development of vehicles that can operate with zero emissions in urban areas, reducing pollution and noise, represents an exciting prospect.” Between them, DPD, Hovis and Wincanton will operate several eCanter trucks in their fleets for deliveries in and around London. The companies have each shown their commitment to sustainable fleet operations by investing in the vehicles, and each is looking forward to reductions in operational costs, not to mention noise and emissions.

DPD is an international delivery business distributing 4.8 million parcels per day in over 200 countries worldwide. In the UK, DPD employs over 6,000 people and operates 2,340 vehicles in its fleet. The logistics business is going to operate two FUSO eCanter trucks for the first two years.

For its part Wincanton PLC is Britain’s largest logistics firm with approximately 17,500 employees at more than 200 sites. It will add five FUSO eCanter trucks to its fleet of 3,600 vehicles, and the company aims to develop a UK-wide sustainable road transport and distribution system whilst household name Hovis, which has an initial order of two trucks, employs circa 3,200 around the country processing over 800,000 tonnes of wheat every year. The eCanter has a GVW of 7.49 tonnes and a payload of up to 4.5 tonnes dependant on body and use.

Powered by six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each, the electric drivetrain with a permanent-magnet-motor delivers 129 kW (180hp) via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle. A single charge allows effective operating ranges of over 100km, sufficient for most urban cycles. Mike Belk, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz & FUSO Trucks UK observed:

“Today is an historic day for London’s transport operators. Fully electric trucks are no longer science fiction, we at Daimler are already manufacturing them and now we’re putting them into operation with well-known customers. We’re pleased to build on our relationships with DPD, Hovis and Wincanton in this way, as they clearly believe the FUSO eCanter is a viable proposition for their urban distribution business.”

Years of extensive development and over 90,000 kilometrers of thorough testing in Europe and Japan, means the eCanter is the world’s first all-electric light-duty truck in series-production. The eCanter was developed by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. (MFTBC) and is produced in Tramagal, Portugal for the European and US markets and in Kawasaki, Japan for customers in Asia. Following its global launch in New York in September 2017, the first eCanter vehicles were committed for delivery to companies such as UPS in the US, Yamato and 7-Eleven in Japan, and DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser in Germany.

Daimler has plans to turn ever more of its production potential over to electrically powered vehicles via the E-FUSO product brand which is exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses. Marc Llistosella, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Head of Daimler Trucks Asia concluded: “After our launches in New York, Tokyo and Berlin, we are proud to hand over the all-electric eCanter to visionary customers in London.

As an emission-free and quiet alternative to conventional trucks, the eCanter is the ideal solution for sustainable urban delivery. But we do not stop here. Having access to Daimler’s vast global network, we are committed to cooperate with and support local governments in building an E-ecosystem and necessary infrastructure to facilitate the growth of environmentally-friendly distribution systems.

At the same time, we are excited to be able to work with cities such as London as they work to create a greener and more sustainable urban environment in the UK.”

All Electric Road Haulage Trucks Reach First UK Freight and Logistics CustomersAll Electric Road Haulage Trucks Reach First UK Freight and Logistics Customers


  1. ^ Daimler Trucks (www.daimler.com)
  2. ^ FUSO eCanter (efuso.jp)
  3. ^ DPD (www.dpd.co.uk)
  4. ^ Wincanton (www.wincanton.co.uk)
  5. ^ Hovis (www.hovis.co.uk)
  6. ^ cities such as London (www.handyshippingguide.com)

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