- Next-generation eCanter test prototypes unveiled for the first time
- More than a million kilometers of tests carried out before the launch in series
- The next generation eCanter range will be expanded to meet customer needs
- MFTBC Increases Investment in New Testing Facilities Focused on Electric Vehicles
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Headquarters: Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture; President and CEO: Karl Deppen), unveiled test vehicles of its next generation eCanter for the first time at the Kitsuregawa Test Center (Sakura City, Tochigi).
After launching the first mass-produced all-electric eCanter light truck in Japan in 2017, MFTBC introduced a new generation in 2020 with improved safety in particular.
The company is currently developing and testing the next generation of its eCanter, in preparation for its upcoming launch. This mass-produced model will feature new range and safety enhancements, and will be offered with an expanded range of variants to meet a variety of transportation needs. The truck has been tested under severe conditions, in hot and cold climates, both nationally and internationally. Tests exceeding the million kilometer threshold will be completed by the official launch.
Since its initial launch in 2017, the eCanter has supported the logistics needs of a variety of businesses including those in the apparel industry, furniture retail, healthcare, newspaper distribution, or retail. food and entertainment. So far, more than 350 vehicles have been put into service in Japan, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, and have collectively covered a distance of more than 4.5 million kilometers thanks to daily use. The eCanter has contributed to the sustainability goals of many companies as economies around the world transition to CO2 neutrality.
Objective: 100% electric in 2039
MFTBC has already announced plans to electrify all new models for the Japanese market by 2039 and accelerate its transition to CO2 neutrality. Following this commitment, the organization has increased its investments in electric vehicle development infrastructure. Since 2021, MFTBC has been installing high-voltage fast chargers, an EV workshop, as well as battery test benches used to disassemble and analyze lithium-ion batteries at the Kitsuregawa Proving Ground. The newly installed EV workshop is also equipped with a test bench to verify the external power functions of the eCanter in the event of a natural disaster. In Kitsuregawa, other existing facilities have also been developed to evaluate high-voltage components of electric vehicles and verify driving functions of electric trucks.
“We are continuing to develop electrified vehicles and continue to expand our infrastructure dedicated to electric vehicles”said Hironobu Ando, Vice President and Head of Product Engineering. “Our ultimate goal is to achieve CO2 neutrality for our industrial vehicles. Through this ambition, we hope to contribute to the sustainability not only of our clients’ businesses, but also of society as a whole. »
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation press release.