After Penske Truck Leasing received its first fully electrified Freightliner eM2 truck from Daimler Trucks North America in the U.S. at the end of last year, the company now gets its first FUSO eCanter. Penske plans to operate the light-duty trucks from FUSO for urban delivery in California. As an experienced truck manufacturer and through the backing of its parent Daimler Trucks, FUSO can demonstrate its ability of supporting the operation of eCanter trucks through its established parts, service and warranty network of FUSO dealerships.
Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia, says, “With its FUSO brand Daimler was able to gain knowledge and experience with e-trucks globally in various markets. We are very proud, that now with Penske a huge commercial customer in the U.S. will also operate the FUSO eCanter for urban delivery – next to its Freightliner brothers. Penske will benefit from the global know how and experience network within Daimler Trucks.”
“We’re pleased to begin introducing the eCanter into our fleet,” says Brian Hard, President and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “We continue to invest in the latest viable innovative vehicle technologies to benefit our customers. With a guaranteed range of 100 km and a fast-charging option, the eCanter is a viable option for fleets seeking to reduce tailpipe emissions and noise pollution in urban delivery settings.”
The all-electric FUSO eCanter light-duty truck with an output of 129 kW and a payload up to 3.5 tons already is in costumer operations in Japan and the US and also in major European markets like Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Portugal. Currently more than 100 vehicles are in customer hands around the globe. With a guaranteed range of 100 km the 7.49 t truck covers the requirements of the costumers for inner-city distribution. Thus, the vehicles can be charged over night with alternating current chargers or direct current chargers depending on availability. Therefore, the charging time can be reduced to approximately 105 minutes by using a fast charger.