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Mitsubishi Fuso Previewed Canter FE-Series Prototype at NTEA Work Truck Show


LOGAN TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America has noted that its parent company, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, is well along in the development of a new all-electric, battery-powered FUSO Canter FE-Series medium-duty cabover work truck. A year of in-use testing has demonstrated that FUSO E-Cell trucks can generate a 64 percent savings in operating costs compared to an equivalent diesel-powered vehicle in the same service.

To ascertain the level of interest in an electric work truck in North America, MFTA showed a Canter E-Cell truck at the NTEA 2016 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.  In addition to the truck shown in the company’s booth, a second E-Cell truck will be available for the Green Truck Summit Ride-and-Drive event at the show.

In-use testing demonstrates benefits of the all-electric e-cell truck
To prove the value of an all-electric work truck, MFTA’s parent company conducted a field trial using eight prototype vehicles, with varied flatbed/stakebody and dry van bodies installed. These trucks were operated by fleet customers in Europe, where the vehicles are assembled. The fleet managers were asked to put the E-Cell trucks to use in routine service while Mitsubishi Fuso engineers closely monitored the vehicles’ performance and use profiles for a full year.

An analysis of the data revealed that the Canter E-Cell work trucks required an average of 76.6 kwh/100 miles (47.6 kwh/100 km), compared to an equivalent Canter’s average diesel fuel consumption of 3.72 gallons/100 miles (14.08 liters/100 km). Actual cost savings in any particular region would depend on the cost in that region of diesel fuel and electricity. Based on diesel fuel pricing and electricity costs in the European locations where the trucks were operated, over the period of the testing, the E-Cell trucks […]

By |March 4th, 2016|Battery-Electric, Commercial Trucking Industry, Mitsubishi Fuso Trucks|Comments Off on Mitsubishi Fuso Previewed Canter FE-Series Prototype at NTEA Work Truck Show

Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest

Electric trucks have benefits, but still struggle against economics.

There’s still a spark of interest in electric trucks. As a fuel, electricity is cheap, and on the street, vehicles that use it are extremely clean. There is no internal combustion engine to maintain, so operating costs have been low. Drivers love them for their quickness and quietness, and clean-air advocates embrace them for their pollution-reduction potential.

But electric trucks still cost two or three times the price of conventionally powered trucks, needing government support for purchases to make decent business cases. Meanwhile, moderating fuel prices have reduced the potential savings needed to pay off any extra investment.

One start-up company, Boulder Electric Vehicles, shut down its California factory and Colorado headquarters over the summer, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. CEO Carter Brown told the newspaper slow sales were to blame. But Boulder is not filing for bankruptcy and is still servicing the trucks it has sold. Brown hopes changing market conditions will allow the company to be resurrected.

Boulder chose to develop a complete vehicle, including a chassis and a lightweight walk-in-type cab. This was expensive, says Tedd Abramson, president and CEO of Zero Truck in southern California, which converts Isuzu NPR low-cab-forward trucks to electric power.

“We remove the engine and transmission and sell them, and put in our own powertrain,” Abramson explains. The battery is a high-energy lithium polymer type, made in the U.S. by Xalt.

Zero sold its first truck in early 2010 to the City of Santa Monica, where it’s still in use. The company is now processing orders for 12 trucks that will go to municipalities and fleets.

“We don’t like to see any of the electric vehicle companies go out of business, because it […]

By |November 6th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Truck Sales|Comments Off on Electric Trucks Still Generate a Spark of Interest