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The new eCanter now comes standard with Advanced Emergency Braking System, Electronic Stability Program and Lane Departure Warning System.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), under the Daimler Trucks Asia umbrella, has announced that it will introduce a new all-electric light-duty eCanter truck with enhanced safety features. The upgraded eCanter has already launched in Japan in August, with further introductions in Europe as well as the Asia Pacific region planned in the following months.
The latest technological and equipment upgrades for the eCanter includes the following three driver-assist and safety features:
• The Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) detects vehicles ahead, as well as moving pedestrians, through the millimetre-wave radar installed in the front bumper. The AEBS activates braking and warns the driver when risk of collision is detected.
• The Electronic Stability Program constantly monitors the postural stability of the vehicle with a sensor and controls the wheels’ motor output and braking force when there is risk of rollover or skidding at a curve.
• The Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) detects lane deviances through a white line recognition camera. When the vehicle deviates from a lane without a turn signal, the system emits an alert to the driver and displays a warning on the dashboard.
Driven by an electric motor, the emissions-free eCanter is MFTBC’s answer to the increasing need for environmentally conscious transportation. With less noise and vibration compared to diesel-powered vehicles, the eCanter is the ideal solution for urban delivery services that are scheduled late at night or early in the morning. The vehicle can be charged during the night-time as well, which may boost operational efficiencies.
Since its global launch in 2017, the eCanter has been in active operation on delivery routes in Japan and around the globe, winning high evaluations from customers worldwide. The eCanter, which falls under the 7.5-ton gross vehicle weight class, ensures a range of about 100 kilometres per charge. The electric drive system carries a motor (maximum output: 135 kW; maximum torque: 390 Nm) and six high-voltage (370 V, 13.5 kWh) lithium-ion battery packs. With quick-charging stations, the vehicle only takes approximately 1.5 hours to fully recharge.
“As the need for environmentally-friendly logistics continues to grow on a global scale, Mitsubishi Fuso is contributing to this cause as a pioneer in electric trucks. Already, our many customers are operating our electric trucks worldwide. The new and improved eCanter is testament to our commitment to Japan and its society as we work towards achieving a CO2-neutral portfolio in the country by 2039,” said President and CEO Hartmut Schick.
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