Daimler fleet tests Fuso electric trucks
Daimler Trucks has launched the first fleet test for emission-free, electric trucks in Germany, handing over five battery-powered Fuso Canter E-Cells to Stuttgart mayor, Fritz Kuhn, and the Hermes Logistics Company [HLC].
Over the next twelve months, the Stuttgart municipality will test four 6-ton Fuso Canter E-Cell vehicles in tough, everyday working environments.
Two vehicles with hydraulic tipper bodies will be deployed in road construction and landscaping; two with box bodies will be assigned to municipal furniture transport and waste disposal operations and another will carry out parcel deliveries in urban traffic for HLC.
`Today`s combustion engine is highly efficient, eco-friendly and, above all, clean,` says Daimler`s Dr Wolfgang Bernhard. `In long-distance transport, it will remain the only option for a long time to come. In urban, short-radius distribution, a partial switch to electric trucks will become technically feasible and economically viable within a few years` time. With this fleet test, we are making a small yet important contribution to urban mobility in Stuttgart and are taking a key step towards market maturity.`
On the basis of prevailing costs of diesel and electricity during a year-long test period in Portugal, operating costs of eight Canter E-Cell vehicles were lowered by up to 64 percent in comparison to conventional diesel trucks.
Via transport world Africa