Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid trial

Mercedes-Benz hands over new truck for tests

The Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid is ready for testing
MBSA Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz will be handing over a Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid to Imperial Logistics in Germiston tomorrow for a 3 months test period.

The vehicle will circulate among keen customers and will run as part of the fleet in normal application.

Mercedes premiered the light duty truck at the 2010 Johannesburg International Motor Show.  

Godfrey Hani, divisional manager Freightliner, Fuso&Western Star says: “For the FUSO stable and MBSA as a whole, this represents an advance in our quest to play a leading role in the field of green innovation and cements our commitment to sustainable mobility solutions.”

When compared to the current Fuso Canter, with its conventional diesel engine, the hybrid version uses up to 30% less fuel and consequently produces up to 30% less CO2 and other emissions in a stop-start city delivery environment.

The Fuso Canter Eco-Hybrid combines a Fuso two-pedal Inomat automated mechanical transmission (AMT) with a 23kW electric motor.

 The same electric motor doubles as a generator to recharge the lithium ion battery pack during braking thereby storing or recycling energy for the next pull off. 

As a result, the recycled energy effect produces a significant decrease in fuel consumption which increases the more the vehicle stops and starts.

The saving on fuel on long distance type work is not that significant, but then again most trucks in the Canter-type commercial vehicle class are employed in distribution application over, short distance.

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