FUSO eCanter’s role in NZ’s transition to zero-emission transport

FUSO eCanter has received a vote of confidence from the Energy and Resources minister and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Downtime is minimised, thanks to DC fast charge capability that will have the battery at 80% capacity in less than one hour

The minister and her department recently approved subsidies for six FUSO eCanters to support the development of New Zealand’s zero-emissions transport fleet.

Dr Woods noted that: "Demonstrating and proving the potential for electric heavy vehicles is important, as heavy freight has an outsized impact on transport emissions." Fuso New Zealand managing director Kurtis Andrews says, "FUSO eCanter is the first series-manufactured electric truck from an OEM globally and has over a million kilometres of real-world testing and evaluation behind it.

"We are delighted to be the first to bring New Zealand a zero-emissions delivery truck, which includes fully integrated advanced safety systems. This is a project we have focused on for a number of years, and we are looking forward to getting these units out to work for our customers."

While one of the units will be used to build transport industry awareness and wider acceptance of electric trucks, the other five will be used by transport operators in Auckland Transport’s Queen Street Valley Zero Emissions Area (ZEA). The ZEA trial will be used to develop a clearer understanding of how the integration of electric trucks will affect transport and delivery systems.

Innovative drivetrain

The FUSO eCanter is driven by a permanent synchronous electric motor, powered by an 81kWh (420v) lithium-ion, liquid-cooled battery pack. It delivers 135kW and 390Nm, which provides a range of 120–150km on a single charge—well-suited to around-town delivery routes, says its New Zealand distributor.

Two-stage regeneration captures kinetic energy created by the vehicle’s momentum and stores it in the batteries for future use. Efficient use of the regeneration settings will extend the practical range of the FUSO eCanter.

A standard CCS2 plug is used for charging, with downtime minimised, thanks to DC fast charge capability that will have the battery at 80% capacity in less than one hour. FUSO eCanter comes equipped with an AC charge cable (max 32A), which will allow a full charge overnight using off-peak power.

"FUSO eCanter is ideal for inner-city delivery," says Kurtis. "It is easy to drive, produces zero emissions, and is virtually silent, which is a huge benefit for inner-city residents and workers.

"We’d love to hear from operators interested in integrating a FUSO eCanter into their fleet."

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