“We’re pleased to begin introducing the eCanter into our fleet,” said Brian Hard, president and CEO of Penske Truck Leasing. “We continue to invest in the latest viable innovative vehicle technologies to benefit our customers. With an initial estimated range of up to 80 miles and a fast-charging option, the eCanter is a viable option for fleets seeking to reduce tailpipe emissions and noise pollution in urban delivery settings.”
Penske will initially take delivery of four FUSO eCanter battery-electric work trucks for use in California. The introduction of these new all-electric commercial vehicles into Penske’s fleet is another in a series of recent moves the company has made to test and showcase innovative electric vehicles with its customers including the Freightliner eM2 and eCascadia from Daimler Trucks North America, a sister organization of FUSO.
FUSO is the first to commercialize a series-produced, all-electric work truck. As a major truck manufacturer and through the backing of its parent, Daimler, A.G., FUSO can demonstrate its ability of supporting the operation of eCanter trucks through its established parts, service and warranty network of FUSO dealerships. This is a major distinction compared to some start-up electric truck providers.
“Our leadership in electric trucks answers, today, the public’s need for zero tailpipe emissions, zero-noise trucks for continuously increasing demands for inner-city distribution,” said Justin Palmer, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “We applaud early-adopters, such as Penske, for their
leadership and partnership. These remarkable eCanter truck operators are building the case that electric trucks are an essential part of the future of inner city distribution.”
By Kim Harmsen