eCanter being homologated, two units set for local testing – DTBSA

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The new-generation eCanter

5th May 2022

By: Irma Venter

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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The fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber.

As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet been allocated to a specific Fuso customer. However, two e-Canters are being prepared for testing in South Africa, she notes.

“The exact launch date for the South African market is not yet confirmed,” adds Gerber.

“The current version of the Fuso eCanter has been launched in several pilot markets and South Africa is in scope for Phase 2 of the final version of the Fuso eCanter. In the interim, the focus is on completing the planned testing, with further information to be shared as soon as there are firm timelines.”

New eCanter
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) earlier this year unveiled the test vehicle of the next-generation eCanter.

After launching Japan's first series-produced all-electric light-duty eCanter truck in 2017, MFTBC introduced an improved model with added safety features for the Japanese market in 2020. 

The company is currently proceeding with the development and testing of the next generation eCanter, in preparation for the vehicle’s upcoming launch. 

This mass production model will be made available with further upgrades in terms of range and safety features, and will be offered with an expanded lineup of variations to meet diverse transportation needs, promises MFTBC.

The truck is being tested under severe conditions in hot and cold climates, both in Japan and abroad. 

Driving tests surpassing a total distance of a million kilometres will be completed by the time of the official launch.

To date more than 350 electric Canters have been introduced to markets in Japan, Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand, where they have collectively covered a distance of more than 4.5-million kilometres worldwide through daily operations. 

MFTBC earlier announced plans to electrify all of its new models for the Japanese market by 2039, and to accelerate its shift to carbon neutrality. 


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