The eCanter for New Zealand is supplied from Tramagal, Portugal and has the same standard specifications as the models currently available in Japan and Europe. To support safe driving in city traffic, the vehicle is equipped with safety functions such as the Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist and the Electronic Stability Program.New Delhi: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has officially presented the fully electric eCanter truck in New Zealand and delivered it to customers.

The eCanter is a fully electric truck produced in series that was developed by MFTBC as a solution to urban environmental problems such as noise, exhaust gases and CO2 emissions. The eCanter, which falls under the 7.5-tonne weight class, provides a range of around 100 km per charge. In the case of fast charging stations, it only takes a maximum of 1.5 hours to fully charge the vehicle, according to the message.

FUSO New Zealand, the official local distributor of FUSO products, delivered a unit of the eCanter to Genesis Energy Limited. Genesis, one of the leading electricity providers in New Zealand, currently operates around 110 trucks. The eCanter is used for deliveries and customer service in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The locally CO2-neutral eCanter has been integrated into the Genesis fleet to advance the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the press release said.

The eCanter for New Zealand is supplied from Tramagal, Portugal and has the same standard specifications as the models currently available in Japan and Europe. To support safe driving in city traffic, the vehicle is equipped with safety functions such as the Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist and the Electronic Stability Program.

Earlier this year, FUSO New Zealand received co-funding from the Department of Energy and Resources for operational testing of the eCanter. Since then, five eCanter trucks have been in use in the Auckland area for a longer test period. The grant was provided by the New Zealand Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund, which recently announced that it would increase its funding from NZD 6-7 million per year to NZD 25 million per year by 2024.

The Kawasaki City-based company expects the eCanter’s presence to grow as New Zealand increases its investment in vehicle electrification, the press release said.

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Many car manufacturers have already announced huge investments in electrification, some in anticipation of stricter emissions targets, but would like to know whether the EU will support them by building public charging stations and how quickly they want hybrid electric / combustion engines to be phased out.

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