FUSO Canter E-Cell (1)

Mercedes-Benz has given the Fuso Canter E-Cell its UK debut at the Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace today (2 November).

The zero-emission light truck employs four lithium-ion batteries to power a permanent-magnet electric motor that produces 150hp and peak torque of 650 Nm.

The chassis-mounted battery packs have a total capacity of 48 kWh and, depending on usage, give the Canter E-Cell a range of approximately 62 miles (100 km) between recharges.

The E-Cell has undergone a series of customer tests under ‘real world’ conditions in Portugal and more recently in Germany.

In 2014-15 eight vehicles proved their capabilities in a fleet trial in Lisbon. According to the manufacturer, over the 12-month trial period they collectively covered 50,000 km, slashing CO2 emissions by 37% compared to a diesel engine.

The results also demonstrated operational cost savings of €1,000 per 10,000 km (£900 per 6,213 miles).

Based on the proven 6-tonne GVW Canter chassis, the E-Cell offers a body and payload allowance of 3 tonnes.