Leinfelden-Echterdingen / Kawasaki – Daimler Truck AG (“Daimler Truck”) and their Japanese subsidiary Mitsubishi Fuso Bus and Truck Corporation (MFTBC, “FUSO”) announce the market launch of the Next Generation eCanter in Hong Kong. The latest version of the versatile all-electric light-duty truck will be available from January in different variants between 5 and 8.55 tons.
With its versatile body applications and compact dimensions, the FUSO eCanter is ideal for inner-city transportation in dense urban areas. With more than 7 million inhabitants in an area of 1100 square kilometers, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated metropolises in the world.
The vehicles for the Hong Kong market are produced at the MFTBC plant in Kawasaki and fitted locally in Hong Kong with bodies that meet market requirements. The eCanter is equipped with safety features such as Active Sideguard Assist 1.0 and Active Attention Assist, thus increasing the safety of the driver and other road users. The eCanter will be distributed by the partner Universal Cars Ltd., which has been selling FUSO brand vehicles exclusively since 1976.
Hong Kong currently has Euro VI emission standards for trucks, and the city aims to be completely CO2-neutral by 2050. As traffic in Hong Kong accounts for around 20 percent of the city's CO2 emissions, the spread of electric vehicles such as the eCanter should make an important contribution to climate neutrality. To promote the spread of electric commercial vehicles, the Hong Kong government has set up a 1.1 billion Hong Kong Dollar (HDK) (approx. 117 Mio EUR) New Energy Transport Fund to promote the integration of electric vehicles into existing fleets. The eCanter is expected to be on the list of eligible vehicles that qualify for government subsidies.
About the eCanter
The Next Generation eCanter was launched in a total of 31 European markets, Japan and several overseas markets in early 2023. In August 2023, FUSO announced the market launch in Indonesia and Chile. With Hong Kong now a further important market for electric vehicles is joining.
FUSO is a Daimler Truck brand, offering a range of commercial vehicles from light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses, to industrial engines and connectivity solutions for over 170 markets worldwide. A longstanding landmark in Japan’s commercial vehicle landscape, the brand has leveraged Japanese quality and craftmanship over the decades. FUSO is particularly renowned for its offerings in the light-duty segment. The Canter light-duty truck claims the top market share in various markets around the world. In 2017, the eCanter became the first series produced all-electric light-duty truck in Japan, establishing FUSO as a pioneer in eMobility. 2022 marked the 90th anniversary of the FUSO brand, another milestone in its continuing legacy of setting benchmarks in efficiency, safety, and comfort.
Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia's leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, with 89.29% of its shares owned by Daimler Truck AG and 10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. An icon in the Japanese commercial vehicle industry with a longstanding history of 90 years with its FUSO brand, MFTBC manufactures a range of commercial vehicles including light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and buses, and industrial engines for over 170 markets worldwide.