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Daimler starts delivering electric trucks in the UK

Daimler is moving ahead with its electric truck programs and it is now expanding its range of first deliveries to customers for the Fuso eCanter electric truck. This week, the German automaker confirmed the first deliveries in the UK are now happening.

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After starting delivery in the US[1] last year and then in Germany a few months back[2], Daimler confirmed that a handful of customers have now received the vehicle this week. As part of Daimler’s open test program, the first nine trucks went to the courier service DPD, the logistics company Wincanton and the baked goods manufacturer Hovis.

Each of those companies operate important truck fleets and if the tests are successful, they could quickly electrify their fleet for urban and short routes as soon as the vehicle goes into volume production, which is expected in 2020. As we previously reported, the FUSO eCanter is meant for urban routes with a range of only 100 kilometers (62 miles) and a load capacity up to three and a half tons – depending on body and usage. The vehicle is powered by an electric powertrain with six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each for a total of ~83 kWh of capacity.

The test program will reach 500 trucks over the next few years with small batch deliveries to customers like these until they reach volume production. It’s one of several electric truck programs from Daimler. They are also working on the bigger all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 ton capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery].[3]

The range is still limited compared to what Tesla is working on with its ‘Tesla Semi’ program, but the eTruck would be aimed at shorter routes with a higher load capacity than the Fuso eCanter.


  1. ^ starting delivery in the US (electrek.co)
  2. ^ in Germany a few months back (electrek.co)
  3. ^ all-electric eTruck, which has a 26 ton capacity, a massive 212 kWh battery pack, and ~125 miles of range [Gallery]. (electrek.co)

Daimler delivers first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to UK customers

Daimler Trucks has handed over the first all-electric Fuso eCanter trucks to customers in the UK. The electric light-duty truck (7.5 tonnes) is added to the UK market following launches in New York, Tokyo and Berlin. In London Daimler handed over the Fuso eCanter vehicles to the courier service DPD, the logistics company Wincanton and the baked goods manufacturer Hovis.

DPD, Wincanton and Hovis are initially starting with a total of nine Fuso eCanter vehicles in their fleets. The vehicles have a range of around 100 km and are used in urban short-radius delivery in and around London. More than 90,000 kms already driven in everyday tests ensure that the customers in Great Britain and other markets can also drive a reliable and economical vehicle.

With the world’s first series-produced all-electric light-duty truck Daimler Trucks is reacting to the continuously growing demand for emission-free and low-noise urban distribution haulage. First UK customers
DPD is an international courier service which delivers 4.8m on parcels a day in over 200 countries. In Great Britain DPD employs over 6,000 employees and drives 2,340 vehicles.

DPD will use two Fuso eCanter for an initial period of two years. Wincanton is Great Britain’s largest logistics service provider and employs around 17,500 employees at more than 200 sites. The company plans to use five Fuso eCanter trucks in its fleet.

Hovis is a company specialising in baked goods and has its headquarters in High Wycombe. It employs around 3200 people in Great Britain. Hovis is starting out with two Fuso eCanter trucks.

Customers in the UK are benefiting from a wealth of experience
The Fuso eCanter was developed by the Daimler subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. (MFTBC). Production for the European and US market is in Tramagal (Portugal). The Fuso eCanter models for customers in Asia come from the MFTBC plant in Kawasaki.

Following its global market launch in September 2017 in New York the first eCanter went to companies such as UPS in the US, Yamato and 7-Eleven in Japan as well as DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser in Germany. The eCanter has a gross vehicle weight of 7.49 tonnes and depending on the body and area of application a load capacity of up to 4.5 tonnes. The vehicle’s electric drive system comprises six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420 V and 13.8 kWh respectively.

With a permanent-magnet motor it delivers 129 kW (180 hp) of power to the rear axle via a single-speed transmission.

One battery charge facilitates a range of around 100 kms.

This range exceeds the distance usually covered per day in light-duty distribution haulage.

Fuso eCanter all-electric truck handed over to first UK customers

DPD, Hovis and Wincanton have become the first UK fleets to take delivery of the Fuso eCanter all-electric 7.5-tonne electric truck. Between them, the three companies will operate several eCanter trucks in their fleets for deliveries in and around London, which offer operating ranges of more than 60 miles per charge. Marc Llistosella, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and head of Daimler Trucks Asia, said: “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.” The eCanter has a GVW of 7.5 tonnes and a payload of up to 4.5 tonnes depending on body and use case. Powered by six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420V and 13.8kWh each, the electric drivetrain with a permanent-magnet-motor delivers 180PS.

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.

Hovis is a baking and flour milling business headquartered in High Wycombe, employing around 3,200 people at bakeries, flour mills and distribution centres in the UK. Its milling business processes over 800,000 tons of wheat per year, supplying flour to craft and industrial bakers across the UK and Ireland. Hovis will run two vehicles initially.

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.

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