Fuso has launched Daimler Trucks’ first series-produced electric truck in Australia, the eCanter. With this rollout, the eCanter will soon be running in customer hands in a fourth major region, following Japan, Europe and USA.
Before the launch, the e-Truck was tested rigorously in a six-month local trial, during which it was operated with a maximum load. The eCanter for Australia is shipped from European production in Tramagal, Portugal, and comes with the same standard specifications as the models currently available in Japan and Europe.
The first batch of deliveries to Australian customers is expected to take place within the next several months, heralding a new age of electric mobility in Australian cities. Customers scheduled to receive the eCanter will be supported by selected Fuso dealers, where they can also be advised on optimal charging infrastructure and charging patterns. Fuso 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 AU$16.5 million to support BEV fast-charging infrastructure projects.