Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid voted ‘Irish Green Commercial of the Year’ for the second time

Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid

Fuso Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid

– As in 2012, Fuso took the honours at the “Fleet Transport Award” in Dublin once again;

– Fuel efficiency, power to payload ratio, driving and ride comfort, handling and cab equipment and appointments won over the jury across the board.

At the award ceremony, from left to right: Sean Murtagh (Fleet Publications), Kevin Kealy (Fuso Ireland), Andrew O'Connell (ESB ecars).

At the award ceremony, from left to right: Sean Murtagh (Fleet Publications), Kevin Kealy (Fuso Ireland), Andrew O’Connell (ESB ecars).

DUBLIN —— The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid has been named “Irish Green Commercial of the Year” in Dublin for the second time. As in 2012, the environment-friendly diesel-electric light-duty truck from Daimler’s Japanese subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTB) won over the jury across the board.

The award ceremony was attended by more than 700 experts from the industry, in particular forwarding agents and national truck dealers. The “Fleet Transport Award” is organised by “Fleet Transport”, one of Ireland’s leading transport magazines, and a number of different sponsors. The jury is comprised of experts in the field of commercial vehicles, such as automotive journalists, engineers and driving instructors. The rating process is based on the same principle as applies to the “International Truck of the Year” award: 12 criteria are assessed, with a maximum of 7 points available per category. The key aspects subject to appraisal were fuel efficiency, power/weight ratio, driving and ride comfort, handling and cab equipment and appointments.

Fuso – the leader in hybrid technology

“Fuso, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial vehicles in Asia, is the global leader in hybrid technology for the truck segment and has more than 20 years of experience in this field,” said Erk Rönnefarth, Manager Marketing and Product Fuso Europe, at the “Fleet Transport Energy Futures Forum 2014” which was held as part of the event. He added that Fuso was home to the Daimler group’s global centre of competence for this technology in Japan, noting that more than 2000 Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid – the truck which has been in production for two years at the Portuguese factory in Tramagal – are now in service with various transport companies throughout the world, helping to cut transport costs and protect the environment. Kevin Kealy from the MFTB agency in Ireland, who took receipt of the award, said: “We are proud to receive this award for the second time, once again confirming the hybrid vehicle’s environmental acceptability.” The innovative light-duty truck has already scooped several awards in Japan and Europe.

Up to 23 per cent less diesel and extremely quiet

The Fuso Canter Eco Hybrid rounds off the broad model range which is unrivalled in the Canter’s class.It runs on up to 23 per cent less fuel than the all-diesel variant and can pay for itself in three to four years, as Erk Rönnefarth noted. With the quiet, low-emission drive, the vehicle is suitable for operations in conurbations and other emission-sensitive areas.

The four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 l, an output of 110 kW (150 hp) and maximum torque of 370 Nm is combined with a 40 kW electric motor whose 200 Nm of torque is fully available right from the word go. As well as being economical and eco-friendly, the Canter Eco Hybrid is also capable of carrying heavy loads. The additional weight resulting from the hybrid drive amounts to only around 150 kg. This means a load capacity of up to 4.8 t for the 7.5-tonne model as a chassis with cab. As such, the Canter is also best-in-class when compared with conventional 7.5-tonne trucks.

In model year 2014, the entire Fuso Canter line has become not only cleaner, but even more efficient, too. “Ecofficiency” is the buzzword here, covering a whole range of fuel efficiency measures. There is now an even broader scope of attractive model variants, additional safety features and, most recently, bodies available ex factory. The redeveloped four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a displacement of 3.0 l is available in three output variants. There are also two new models – the 9C15 and 9C18 – with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 8.55 t and chassis load-bearing capacities of up to six tonnes.

Latest development: all-electric Canter E-Cell

As a pioneer of alternative drives in the commercial vehicles segment, Fuso recently developed the new battery-powered and local emission-free Canter E-Cell. “E-Cell” is the designation used within the Daimler group for all-electric vehicles. Presented by Fuso at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show, the first all-electric light-duty truck, produced in a small series, runs emission-free and almost silently.

[Source : Daimler]

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