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Daimler Trucks delivers electric Fuso eCanter trucks to Wincanton and DPD

LBR Staff Writer Published 20 March 2018

Logistics firm Wincanton and courier service DPD have taken the delivery of FUSO eCanter vehicles from Daimler Trucks.

Wincanton has now become the first UK 3PL to introduce production-level electric vehicles to its fleet.

Each Fuso eCanter vehicle will have a gross weight of 7.5 tons and range of around 100km. The vehicles will be initially used in urban short-radius delivery in and around London.

The vehicle's electric drive system includes six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries with 420V and 13.8 kWh.

Daimler said the Fuso eCanter vehicles have been already driven for more than 90,000km in everyday tests.

DPD is an international courier service that delivers 4.8 million parcels per day in more than 200 countries. The firm will use two Fuso eCanter vehicles for up to two years,

Wincanton will initially deploy the 7.5t vehicles on a trial for inner city logistics. The vehicles will be rolled out as part of the company's home delivery fleet.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus, a subsidiary of Daimler, has developed the Fuso eCanter truck. These vehicles are manufactured at Tramagal facility in Portugal for the European and US market, while at the MFTBC plant in Kawasaki for the customers in Asia.

In September 2017, the company first launched the eCanter vehicles, which were supplied to companies such as UPS in the US, Yamato and 7-Eleven in Japan, as well as DHL, DB Schenker, Rhenus and Dachser in Germany. 

Wincanton CEO Adrian Colman said: “The introduction of production-level electric vehicles to our fleet means we can operate more efficiently, more quietly and without locally emitted CO2.

“When we’re delivering in towns and cities, we know that this really does matter, right down to the door step. These vehicles are a key part of our innovation roadmap, and our growth plan for the future of urban distribution transport at Wincanton.”

Image: Logistics firm Wincanton has invested in electric light-duty Fuso eCanter trucks. Photo: courtesy of Daimler.