DPD has issued a glowing half-year report on the performance of its first fully-electric FUSO eCanters,
the 7.5-tonne trucks having proved 100% reliable and won enthusiastic driver feedback for their comfort and quietness.

Rob Fowler, General Manager – Corporate Social Responsibility & General Planning, said: “Reducing and neutralising our carbon footprint by providing smarter and more efficient urban delivery solutions are at the heart of our Driving Change programme.

“We want to be the leader in alternative fuel vehicles in the UK, and the eCanter is integral to that strategy.

“Aside from the fact that it produces zero emissions and offers exemplary environmental credentials, this vehicle is ideally suited to urban operation thanks to its high payload. We’ve had no issues during their first six months in service with either eCanter, and we look forward to commissioning more.”

DPD’s eCanters are based in Bermondsey. Driver Michael Zammett said: “It’s important, particularly when you’re under pressure, to remain cool at the wheel.

“The traffic can be frustrating, but there’s nothing to be gained from getting stressed; it doesn’t get you there any quicker.

“When you first drive an eCanter it’s the instant acceleration that is most striking. But what you then, very quickly come to appreciate, is that it’s also so much quieter than a diesel-engined vehicle.”

The FUSO eCanter, which is scheduled to go on general sale via the Mercedes Dealer network in 2020, offers cost savings worth up to €1,000 for every 10,000km covered, compared with a diesel truck.

Powered by six 420V and 13.8kWh lithium-ion batteries, its electric drivetrain with permanent-magnet
motor delivers 180hp via a single-gear transmission in the rear axle.

The truck offers a body and payload allowance of up to 4.5 tonnes, and a single charge allows effective operating ranges of more than 62 miles.

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