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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) have announced the market introduction of the eCanter in Australia.
A launch event was held on 31st March, 2021 in Melbourne to showcase the pioneering all-electric light-duty truck. With this rollout, the eCanter will soon be running in customer hands in four major regions around the globe.
The eCanter for Australia is shipped from Tramagal, Portugal, and comes with the same standard specifications as the models currently available in Japan and Europe. In order to support safe driving in city environments, the vehicle is installed with safety features such as the Advanced Emergency Braking System, the Lane Departure Warning System, as well as the Electronic Stability Program. The vehicle was also tested rigorously through a six-month local trial, during which it was operated with a maximum load.
The first batch of deliveries to Australian customers is expected to take place within the next several months. Customers scheduled to receive the eCanter will be supported by select Fuso dealers, where they can also be advised on optimal charging infrastructure and charging patterns. MFTBC is seeing high interest among leading businesses and local government bodies who are committed to reducing emissions and noise pollution. Improved availability of quick-charging facilities, which will further aid the take-up of battery-electric commercial vehicles, is expected in the coming years. In February 2021, the national government opened the first round of its Future Fuels Fund, budgeting AUD16.5 million to support BEV fast-charging infrastructure projects.
The eCanter has also recently made its first foray into two additional European markets. In March 2021, Aquaservice, a distributor of natural mineral water and dispensers, became the first company in Spain to incorporate the electric truck into its fleet. The eCanter is now running in Valencia on customer delivery routes. Aquaservice is seeking to integrate more electric trucks like the eCanter into its business, as it shifts toward its goal of achieving carbon neutrality within the decade.
In February 2021, three eCanter trucks were handed over to Camion Transport AG, one of Switzerland’s leading transport companies. The vehicles are currently operating in Basel, Lucerne, and Geneva, providing quiet and emission-free deliveries during a time when demand for last-mile solutions is at a record high. With the eCanter joining the Camion Transport fleet, the company is taking another step toward its vision of sustainable city logistics.
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