E-FUSO born as an exclusive product brand dedicated to electric mobility of trucks and buses.
Daimler Trucks owned Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has unveiled its first heavy-duty battery-electric truck concept “Vision One” under its electric-mobility sub-brand “E-FUSO”. This project underlines the feasibility of a pure-electric truck for heavy-duty haulage, after the successful launch of Fuso e-Canter light truck.
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With a GVW of about 23 tons, the E-FUSO Vision One can carry a payload of approx. 11 tons. This is just two tons short of what its diesel counterpart can haul. The company says that the electric truck can be equipped with battery pack up to 300 kilowatt hours, thereby extending the driving range up to 350 kms on a single charge. This makes the Vision One well-qualified for regional medium-duty haulage and distribution. The batteries are supplied by Deutsche Accumotive, a subsidiary of Daimler Group.
The visual appeal of the Vision One truck is quite futuristic and vibrant, thanks to sleek LED-powered headlamps and sweeping day-time running strips. Absence of any air dam in the bumpers or conventional side mirrors or windshield wipers makes the truck a figment of futurism. MFTBC believes that a possible market entry for the production version of this electric truck is feasible in the next four years, especially in developed markets like Japan, Europe and United States.
In fact, Mitsubishi Fuso has wowed the industry by announcing its plan to electrify its entire range of trucks and buses in years to come. With rapidly evolving battery technology, electric trucks and buses will have a positive environmental and economic impact on society, adds the company. The company is leveraging the massive investment and expertise on electro-mobility by its parent company.
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Just last month, Fuso launched its the first series-produced battery-electric light truck eCanter, proving that the electric trucks are commercially feasible. The eCanter boasts a GVW of 7.5 tons, with a driving range of 100-120 km on a single charge. The company claims that the e-truck brings proven commercial benefits of savings up to 1,000 Euros in operating costs per 10,000 kilometers.