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UPS Adds Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter Electric Truck To Its US Fleet

17 September 2017

Reuters previously reported that Tesla may create an electric semi truck that can up to 200 to 300 miles off a single charge, which completely blow pasts Daimler's eCanter's range of only a meager 62 miles.

Mitsubishi Fuso is part of the Daimler Truck Group, along with Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz.

Construction clanking, sirens from emergency vehicles, and other typical city traffic noise served as the backdrop for Thursday's global launch of Mitsubishi Fuso's medium-duty electric delivery truck here in New York City's East Village. Llistosella said the trucks will contribute to Mayor Bill de Blasio's lofty goals to curb citywide emissions.

The eCanter is a relatively small urban delivery truck, but Daimler Trucks Asia chief Mark Llistosella says larger Class 7 electric trucks are coming and hints the company will show a larger electric truck at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.

Daimler has taken the lead over Tesla in the US electric truck market, delivering its Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter electric trucks to UPS and other clients in New York City. Tesla plans to unveil an electric-powered semi next month and has met with states about testing out autonomous-driving features. Many large cities, however, are introducing noise and congestion entry barriers at certain times of the day that can seriously limit when diesel trucks can legally operate. The vehicle?s electric powertrain contains six high voltage lithium ion battery packs with 420 V and 13.8 kWh each. Diesel trucks can carry more weight, but Daimler is selling the advantages of the zero emissions, quiet truck. The truck maker says the eCanter will save about $2,000 in operating costs for every 10,000 miles driven.

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Rose did not say where in the US the trucks would be deployed. The company earlier this year announced its first commercial customer in Japan and opened a production facility in Portugal.

UPS will be the recipient of the first eCanters in the US. The new EV trucks build on UPS's Rolling Laboratory fleet of more than 8,500 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.

Daimler said at a news conference in NY on Thursday that UPS will deploy three of the eCanter trucks, while four NY based non-profit organizations will get a total of eight electric trucks.

Carlton Rose, President, Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering, UPS: "At UPS, we constantly evaluate and deploy advanced technologies that enable sustainable, innovative solutions for our fleet". Small electric truck will reduce the traffic on the streets of NY city and make the air cleaner metropolis.

UPS Adds Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter Electric Truck To Its US Fleet