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DACHSER Delivers with Electric Trucks

DACHSER announced the launch of Daimler’s all-electric Fuso eCanter light-duty commercial vehicles. In spring 2018, the logistics provider will be operating two of these trucks in German cities Berlin and Stuttgart.
The DACHSER FUSO eCanter on the streets of Berlin.

Stefan Hohm, Corporate Director Corporate Solutions, Research & Development at DACHSER, said at a European media event in Berlin, “These trucks are a part of our city distribution project to expand our innovative and sustainable concept for city-center deliveries.” This project allows DACHSER to combine tried and true logistics models with new ideas, providing the basis for developing robust and sustainable business models for last-mile deliveries in the future.

Depending on the city’s requirements, the local branch can implement custom solutions chosen from a modular toolbox, which includes finding the right combination of vehicles for downtown deliveries. “We chose the Fuso eCanter because it is the first all-electric truck to enter full-scale production, so it will add momentum to its entire class of commercial vehicles,” said Hohm.

Downtown Deliveries

In Berlin and Stuttgart, the two Fuso eCanters will be incorporated into the core groupage business operated by DACHSER’s long-established transportation companies. Their job will be to deliver pallets of manufactured goods, either to micro hubs or directly to customers. They will also collect goods and bring them to DACHSER’s branches in Schoenefeld, Berlin and Kornwestheim, Stuttgart. “These electric trucks are ideal for city centers and that’s where they will mostly be found,” said Hohm.

Depending on its design and purpose, the all-electric light-duty truck offers a range of about 62 miles and a load capacity of up to 3.9 tons. Its electric powertrain comprises six high-voltage lithium-ion batteries, each one with 420 V and 13.8 kWh.

DACHSER Fuso eCanter on a bridge in Berlin
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