Mitsubishi Fuso has commenced deliveries of its first electric Canter light trucks for a trial in Lisbon, Portugal. Eight units will commence a one year trial to prove the efficiency of zero emissions vehicles in Metropolitan operations.
Running almost silently, the Canter E-Cell has a range of around 100 km. The eight Canter E-CELLs are based on the Canter with a wheelbase of 3,400 mm and feature a single cab in the wide, comfort specification. Each is fitted with either a 4.3 m-long platform body or a 4.4 m-long box body.
The capabilities of these electrically-powered light-duty trucks will be put to the test under a wide range of conditions. The city of Lisbon will be using the Canter E-CELL for horticulture and waste disposal purposes, the city of Porto as a means of transport between its various municipal buildings and the city of Abrantes similarly in the field of horticulture. The company Transporta will use the Canter E-CELL for house-to-house deliveries as part of its short-radius distribution service, and the energy supplier REN for transport purposes within the port area of the town of Sines, to the south of Lisbon. And lastly, the Canter E-CELL will be helping the Portuguese national postal service CTT with transport runs between its distribution centers in Lisbon.
Powerful, high-torque electric motor
Compared with the original prototype model – which celebrated its world premiere at the IAA 2010 – the FUSO Canter E-CELL has now seen considerable further development. The design of the electrically-powered light-duty truck is based on the chassis of the conventional Canter and allows a permissible gross vehicle weight of 6.0 tons. The resulting payload of the chassis is therefore remarkably high, at around 3.0 tons.
The electric motor in the new Canter E-CELL gives it a top performance of 110 kW (150 hp) and high maximum torque of 650 Nm. Power transmission to the rear axle is via a single-speed transmission. Good performance is a given, as it is a feature of the design of an electric motor that its maximum torque is available immediately upon start-up. The top speed of the Canter E-CELL, as with all vehicles in this weight class, is limited to 90 km/h.
Located on each side of the frame are a total of four battery packs, accommodated in two fully encapsulated boxes. These are lithium-ion batteries with an impressive nominal capacity of 48.4kWh. This gives the FUSO Canter E-CELL a range of over 100 km, more than many short-radius distribution trucks in fact travel in a day. Charging the batteries at 230 volts takes around seven hours, while use of a rapid-charging system can reduce this to just one hour.