Written by Kfir Kedem - August 06, 2020
Edited by Asaf Kedem
Mitsubishi and Daimler have had a partnership for several years regarding the production and sales of light and medium weight truck manufacturer, Fuso. The Japan based manufacturer is owned by Mitsubishi and Daimler. Fuso introduced the eCanter, an electric light duty truck, in 2016 and delivered the first units in 2017. Where other manufacturers are just starting to release electric trucks to the market, in the three years that Fuso has been available on the market, their fleet has driven over a million kilometers worldwide, driving in Europe, the US, and Japan. Being battery powered with a range of 100 kilometers, it is perfect for municipal services and short distance distribution.
Fuso has been working on an initiative that is called the “Fuso Future Solutions Lab.” This initiative was created with the goal of collaborating with overseas universities and startups and has yielded great step forward in Fuso’s product development. The eCanter SensorCollect is a great example of this. It is based on the original eCanter, which is a versatile electric truck. In this case it is an electric garbage collector vehicle. This garbage-truck has no physical driver and is controlled remotely, automating a big part of the garbage collection process. The truck is mounted with LiDAR (laser-controlled distance sensor), ultrasonic sensors and a high-accuracy GPS. Less workers would be needed on a daily basis, which will improve the collection process efficiency.
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With the eCanter being the success that it is, it raises the question of what the next developments will be? As Daimler has a large Research & Development department, it would be interesting to see if Fuso starts using some of Daimler’s pioneering technology as practical use testing. It is known that Daimler is developing a graphene-based battery, so it would be interesting to see a new-generation Fuso eCanter driving with these batteries before Daimler releases long haul trucks with the same technology.