Canter Goes Hybrid From The Factory

Daimler Truck Group announced today the launch of a factory-built EcoHybrid Fuso Canter.

Designed at Daimler’s Global Hybrid Centre in Japan, the new EcoHybrid seeks to help make the zero-emission commercial vehicles of tomorrow, a reality today.

The new EcoHybrid Fuso Canter has a 7.5-ton gross vehicle weight and is ideally suited to short radius city centre deliveries. It has demonstrated fuel savings of up to 23 percent on trial, as well as correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.

The EcoHybrid features a Euro V-compliant 147.5 horsepower diesel engine which operates in parallel with a slimline 40-kw electric motor installed between the clutch and the Duonic two pedal automated manual transmission.

Lithium-ion batteries backed by a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty ensure an affordable “green” solution, while service costs are comparable to a standard, diesel-powered Canter, demonstrated by identical repair & maintenance contract prices. Efficiency is boosted by a recuperation system which acts as a re-charging generator, transforming braking and deceleration energy back into useable electricity.

In 2008 Fuso entered a three-year, London-based hybrid trial, the largest in Europe, with partners Amey, DHL, Hill Hire, Royal Mail, Ringway, Scottish & Southern, Tesco and TNT. These trial vehicles, based on the previous generation Canter (TD model), were fitted with a variety of body types and daily workloads varied, but the operators reported fuel savings of up to 16 percent.

Sam Whittaker, director of truck sales & marketing at Mercedes-Benz UK, said: “The London trial was a great success for Fuso. As a result of intensive vehicle monitoring we learnt a great deal not only about the technology, but also about our customers’ needs and expectations. The trial demonstrated, in real-life, everyday conditions, the fuel savings and environmental improvements that can be achieved.”

The EcoHybrid, as all Fuso Canter models, will be sold and supported by the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle dealer network.

Backed by a three-year, all encompassing, unlimited mileage warranty, and offering the same driving characteristics and levels of comfort as a regular Canter, the EcoHybrid is also equipped with the latest DUONIC transmission, the world’s first dual-clutch automatic gearbox for light trucks, and an Engine-Start-Stop system.

The Portuguese Tramagal factory supplies Fuso Canters to more than 30 countries throughout Europe. Production of the Fuso Canter in Japan extends back as far as 1963 and it is now in its seventh generation.