Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid Fleet Trial in London Reaches Halfway Stage
The halfway stage has been reached in the fleet trial of the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid in the London area.
Since August 2008, ten light-duty trucks equipped with hybrid drive systems have clocked around 265,000 km in eight fleets operated by customers. The vehicles are in service every day and travel between 400 and 2,800 km each month.
The trial for the model under European conditions, which is scheduled to run for three years, is part of Daimler Trucks’ “Shaping Future Transportation” global initiative, the goal of which is to turn the zero-emission commercial vehicle of tomorrow into a reality by means of efficient and clean drive systems and alternative fuels.
After 18 months of testing, the hybrid technology has proved to be reliable and stable. This applies to the reliability of all the hybrid-specific components, including the state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery, as well as to the actual operation of the truck. Depending on its particular application, the Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid uses around 10 percent to 15 percent less fuel than a conventional light-duty truck, with correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.
The ten light-duty trucks have thus saved around 5,000 liters of fuel since they began operating, thereby easing the strain on the environment and helping to conserve natural resources. The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid represents an important step along the way to a zero-emission drivetrain for commercial vehicles. Daimler Trucks is pressing ahead with the development of the hybrid drive system using the extensive on-road experience it has acquired from a trial fleet of nearly 1,000 commercial trucks on three continents.
Successful exports to Europe, Asia, and Australia
The Canter Eco Hybrid can now also be found well outside the Japanese market. In addition to the ten vehicles participating in the fleet trial in London, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corporation (MFTBC) will be delivering series production vehicles to Ireland, Hong Kong, and Australia this year. Ten vehicles are destined for Ireland's leading power utility, the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Dublin, which uses the vehicles for customer service and infrastructure maintenance.
An order for a further 25 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrids has been received from Australia. The customer is Star Track Express, an express freight company with headquarters in Gordon near Sydney.
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